There nothing quite like St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago. Each March, Irish taverns fill with revelers, cultural celebrations pop up in every corner of the city, and the Chicago River sparkles brilliant shades of emerald green.
Experience one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country. The annual Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the centerpiece of the city’s unforgettable St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
The procession travels north on Columbus Drive, beginning at Balbo Drive and ending at Monroe Drive. Don your best green outfit or kilt and grab a good spot before the parade starts at noon. Plan on seeing plenty of colorful floats waving their Irish flags high, troops of Irish step dancers, marching bands, bagpipers, and more during the three-hour celebration.