St. Patrick’s Day events Chicago.
It’s that time of year again for green rivers and green beer. Day drinking and morning drinking. Here are the main St. Patrick’s Day events in Chicago:
Saturday, March 17 9:00 am Chicago River from Columbus Drive to State Street. The dyeing can be best viewed from any of four bridges- Columbus, Michigan Ave., Wabash and State Street. ***3/17/18 8:30AM Someone just told me that the police are not allowing people to stand on the bridges. So you can just stand along upper Wacker Drive or go down to the Riverwalk.***
Saturday, March 17, 2018 noon. Licks off at Columbus Drive at Balbo north to Monroe. March with 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly or the Irish American Heritage Center. More info here. The Parade will be broadcast live on ABC-Channel 7.
Sunday, March 11, 2018, noon. The parade kicks off at Onahan School at 6634 W Raven Street and Neola Avenue south to Northwest Highway and north to Harlem. To get to the parade from Downtown take the Metra UP-Northwest line and get off at Norwood Park.
You can march with the Irish American Heritage Center even if you’re not a member. The IAHC participates in both the Downtown and Northwest side Irish parades. If you, your friends and family plan to join either of the parades, call 773-282-7035, ext. 13 with your family name, which parade (Downtown or Northwest Side) and how many people are joining.
At the Northwest side parade the IAHC float will be staged near Onahan School at 6634 W Raven Street, at the back of the school. Marchers should gather no later than 11:30am at the back of the school.
Seating on the float in both parades is limited and for children only and IAHC members receive first preference. They ask all adults to walk alongside the float.
The South Side Irish Parade will be on March 11, 2018 at noon. Parade starts at 103rd and Western Avenue and heads south to 115th Street. No opportunities to march in this parade.
Transportation from Metra Stations to Chicago River or Parade:
Chicago Water Taxi info TBA will be running on Saturday March 17 for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and River Dyeing festival in downtown Chicago.
Water Taxis will begin departing Ogilvie/Union (West Loop) at 8:00am heading towards Michigan Avenue for the river dyeing which will take place at 9:00am. ST PATS SCHEDULE HERE
Water Taxis will continue to operate on a 15 minute loop until 6:15pm
Docks that will be served will include:
– Michigan Avenue
– Riverwalk Clark Street
– Ogilvie/Union (West Loop)
Weekend Pricing will be in affect:
$6.00 One way ticket ($2.50 seniors/ADA)
$10.00 All day Access Pass Not available
Metra is offering extra service on six rail lines. On Saturday you can take advantage of Metra’s $10 Weekend Pass. Offering unlimited rides, the pass can be purchased on the train or via the Ventra app.
Click here for complete fare and schedule information.
- Buses serving Union Station: 151 get off at Dearborn and Adams for Parade or get off at Washington and Wabash Loop Link stop and walk east to Columbus, 60 (get off at Washington and Wabash Loop Link stop and walk north on Michigan to River (for the dyeing) or south to Monroe and then east to Columbus). 126 to Michigan Avenue and walk east to Columbus.
- Buses serving Ogilvie Transportation Center: 20, 56 or 60 (get off at Washington and Wabash Loop Link stop and walk north on Michigan to River (for dyeing) or south to Monroe and then east to Columbus)
- Uber and Lyft have preferred pick-up locations from Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station.
- Take the Water Taxi. Info above.
Ogilvie Transportation Center Rideshare location on Madison Street between Canal Street and Clinton Street.
Union Station Rideshare location on Jackson Boulevard east.
Bars for 2018
Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox Ave., Chicago, IL 773.282.7035.
Tickets for the fest are $10 for adults and children 12 and under are free. Purchase tickets
Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The day-long celebration in the Fifth Province features live music, dance, food and drink for purchase and face painting for children. March 17, 2018 1PM-12am