If you live in Chicago, you are “honorary” Irishmen and women at least one day a year… St. Patrick’s Day. And this year, March 17th falls on a Saturday… it’s gonna get sloppy out there.
Here are a list of recommendations for “Things to do on St. Patricks Day in Chicago”
- Watch the Dyeing of the Chicago River Green Saturday morning at 10am at Michigan and Wacker.
- Go to church. It is, after all, a celebration of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Even if you’re not Irish-Catholic you can check out the Civic Celebration of the Feast of St. Patrick at Old St. Patrick’s Church in The Loop.
- Shake your shamrocks at the 2012 Chicago Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. The procession starts at noon at Balbo and Columbus.
- Buy a St. Patty’s Day themed shirt from Strange Cargo, one of my favorite local t-shirts shops in Wrigleyville.
- Grab some Irish food fare at The Gage, one of my favorite restaurants. For the picky eaters in your group- they have an amazing burger.
- Get belligerent. I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t be the only enjoying a full day of drinking at the 15th annual St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl
- Spend time with the family at the St. Patrick’s Festival hosted by the Irish American Heritage Center from 1pm until midnight.
- Check out Riverdance at the Oriental Theater. It just doesn’t get much more Irish than Riverdance.
- Sweat out the green beer on Sunday at the St. Paddy’s 5K Run/Walk, 8K Run & Leprechaun Leap.