Saint Patrick’s Day is one of the most celebrated days in Chicago. Some would say that it is Chicago’s favorite holiday!  Saint Patrick’s Day takes place every year on March 17. It commemorates the death date of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.  Saint Patrick’s Day has evolved and grown to also celebrate the culture and heritage of Ireland. Today, Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations can be found around the world. Chicago is home to a very large Irish-American population and celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day like no other city in the U.S!  In addition to the downtown parade, Chicago also has the Northwest Side Irish Parade and the South Side Irish Parade.  Keep in mind, this is one of Chicago’s favorite holidays!
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Green River Morning Booze Cruise

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016; 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Participants will be able to cruise on the Anita Dee 1 and see beautiful views of the Chicago skyline. Ticket price includes a Live DJ, dancing and a drink. Numerous freebies are included when the appropriate promo code is used. Check out the website for detailed information.

Chicago Shamrock Crawl In Wrigleyville

Date: March 12, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

The Shamrock Crawl provides the opportunity to walk from bar to bar in Wrigleyville while drinking green beer & Irish whiskey.  The crawl will take place on Saturday, March 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Wrigleyville’s best bars will be participating: Old Crow, Barleycorn, Moe’s, Country Club, Deuce’s, Bar Celona, Rockwood Place, Rockit, HVAC, Houndstooth, Dark Horse, Mullens, Clark St. Beach, BEER and Full Shilling.

Related: St. Patrick’s Day Drink Guide

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St. Pat’s River Crawl In River North

Date: March 12, 2016; 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Saint Patrick’s Day in Chicago starts with our very own Green River and one of the best parades in the country.  The St. Pat’s River Crawl in River North is literally just a couple of minutes from both. This walking bar crawl gives you access to seven great bars of River North that are just a few minutes apart from each other. This self-guided crawl starts at The Boss Bar and heads to Hubbard St. with stops at RockitMercerReverie, The Hampton Social, Theory and Social 25.

O’Rourke’s Office
11064 S. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 429-1598

For those who are South Side Irish, you have probably already been to O’Rourke’s. It’s a great place pre and post South Side Irish Parade. St. Pat’s day is just about green beer or Guiness.  If you’re a craft beer fan, O’Rourke’s Office will be your new place. You will find great local beers such as Two Brothers, Revolution, and others. However, if you want green beer or Guiness, they’ll have that too. The bar menu has many traditional Irish favorites, live music and a holiday party in full force for St. Patrick’s Day! (check their schedule).

Bar Louie St. Pat’s Party
333 North Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 863-2363

Date: Saturday, March 12 from 7:00 -11:00 a.m.

This is the perfect place to start off your celebrations, with some delicious food and the first drink of the day. Ticket price includes a breakfast buffet and green beer. If you get a later start, brunch will go until 3 p.m.

Enjoy Saint Patrick’s Day responsibly!  Have fun and be safe.

Related: Best Irish Import and Gift Stores In Chicago

Michelle Guilbeau is a writer, reviewer, teacher and business owner. She is also proud founder of, and Michelle enjoys sharing her knowledge of cities, food, travel, education and parenting issues with her readers. Her work can be found on

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