Honored annually on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day is named for Ireland’s patron saint and pays homage to the day of his passing. Whether you’re planning on attending the big St. Patrick’s Day parade downtown or a smaller community celebration, doing a St. Paddy’s Day bar-hop or making merry with the family, you’re going to want to find some fun and green St. Patrick’s Day attire for the revelry. Here are some of the best places in Chicago to find that perfect outfit.
Chicago Costume Company
4727 W. Montrose Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60641
Whether your St. Patrick’s Day fashion style is as basic as a St. Paddy’s Day T-shirt with a green beer in hand or you enjoy going all out, the Chicago Costume Company can help. Chicago Costume Company offers a plethora of options including hats and even capes, jewelry and bow ties, shamrock shaped sunglasses, kilts, makeup kits, wigs, shoes and tights. And they’ve got some St. Patrick’s Day t-shirts too; basically, there’s something for everyone for March 17.
Strange Cargo Tees
3448 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL. 60657
Don’t look at the word “strange” in a negative way. Instead, think of it as more unique and, frankly, priceless. At Strange Cargo Tees in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago, shop for some of the more creative and one-of-a-kind items that the city has to offer. And St. Patrick’s Day is no exception at Strange Cargo; browse their T-shirts or have them help you design one of your own. If you’d like to ensure you’re wearing what no one else is wearing this St. Patrick’s Day, Strange Cargo Tees is where to begin planning.
The Irish Boutique
434 Robert Parker Coffin Road
Long Grove, IL. 60047
If your preferred style for St. Patrick’s Day is a little more classy, a place to visit is The Irish Boutique. Located in the beautiful Long Grove Historic Village, The Irish Boutique has offered Irish imports for over 40 years now. Shop for Irish jewelry, crystal and china, sweaters and caps, T-shirts, of course, and Irish gifts and food items. For the Irish Chicago sports lovers, there’s even a selection of special green T-shirts, jerseys and other items honoring the Chicago Blackhawks, Cubs and Bears.
4065 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60641
On Chicago’s Northwest side, there’s a store that’s a treasure trove of costumes and accessories for every occasion one can imagine. Fantasy Costumes on Milwaukee Avenue is an entire city block long with over one million items in stock; if there’s something you need to celebrate a holiday like St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll fine it at Fantasy Costumes. From leprechaun and highlander costumes to a vast array of accessories, Fantasy Costumes can be a one-stop, and very green, shop for all of your St. Paddy’s Day needs. There are also hats and beads to add to any St. Patrick’s Day look that you put together, and don’t forget the big green wigs!
Whenever possible, it’s always nice to patronize a small Chicago business, and Chitown Clothing is the perfect company to do so when gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day. What began as an idea between a then girlfriend and boyfriend team became a business that boomed. Inspired by the lack of variety in Chicago-related T-shirts, Chitown Clothing was born. Starting out with eight T-shirts that were stocked in a home closet, more and more people began discovering these clever Chi-related designs. And they’ve even got some Chicago St. Patrick’s Day options to choose from. What can be better than representing your city on a great day while promoting a local business all at the same time?
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Soon after earning her BA in journalism, Melanie Falina began writing about one of the loves of her life – music. Since then, she’s covered some of the biggest names in music, in addition to writing on an array of other topics as well. She has written for Black Belt magazine, KISS: The Official Authorized Quarterly Magazine, Examiner, AXS.com, Yahoo Voices, and more, and was editor for Don Lemmon’s KNOW HOW Book Three, Refuse To Fail. Melanie is also a poet with six published collections of poetry available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and various establishments.