Put on your greens and celebrate the one day of the year when everybody is Irish! Here are some suggested parades going on throughout the Chicagoland area.
Chicago – Southside
If you want to experience the true meaning of St. Paddy’s Day in Chicago, your first stop should be the famous South Side Irish Parade. The parade starts at noon on March 16, but the celebration will begin long before that. The route steps off at 103rd and proceed down Western Avenue to 115th Street.
Chicago – Downtown
The annual dying of the Chicago River will be held on Saturday, March 15, at 10 a.m. Watch the water turn green from the east end of the Michigan Ave bridge, west side of the Columbus Drive bridge or the Wacker’s between Michigan and Columbus. Then head to Grant Park between East Balbo Drive and East Monroe Drive on South Columbus Drive to see the famous parade beginning at noon. For more information visit Chicago’s Saint Paddy’s Day Website.
Saturday, March 15, the Downtown Naperville Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off at 10 a.m. The parade route extends south on Mill St to Jefferson Ave to Main St and ends at Water Ave. For a visual of the route, see the map. If you like to run be sure to check out the St. Paddy’s Day 5K starting two hours before the parade.
March 15 will feature Palatine’s Downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade along Wood St. at 11 a.m. The parade will proceed west to Brockway. Palatine’s parade is also serving as a non-perishable food and paper product drive for Journeys from PADS to HOPE campaign. Officiants ask that guests bring items to the parade for pick-up during the parade.
Experience McHenry’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16 at 1 p.m. The parade will march west on Waukegan Road from the East Campus parking lot, turn north on Green St, east on Pearl, north on Park Street and end at the Veteran’s Memorial Park.