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Ring in the Spring with a Wee Bit o’ Irish Luck

Hold on to your four-leaf clovers, everything is about to turn green! This year, Chicagoland pulls out all the stops to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, including the famous parades, traditional Irish tunes and a 5k beer run. So whether you’re Irish or Irish-at-heart, there’s something for everyone!


The South Side Irish Parade is one of the most anticipated St. Patrick’s Day events in Chicagoland. The parade is known for attracting large crowds thanks to a procession of bagpipes, floats, marching bands and more. It is March 13 at 11:30 a.m. at Western Ave. from 103rd St to 115th St. in Beverly and Morgan Park.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of Chicago’s proudest holiday traditions. The iconic parade, March 12 at noon, will begin at Balbo and Columbus and continue north on Columbus Drive until it reaches the Buckingham Fountain. This year’s theme is “Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising.”

Before the parade, stake out a spot to watch the popular Dyeing the Chicago River. It’s set to start March 12 at 9 a.m. Suggestions for prime viewing spots are along the river at Michigan Ave. and Wacker Drive.

Keep the festivities going at the Irish American Heritage Center, where they will offer traditional Irish food, dancing and music. This family-friendly event will also include arts and crafts and children’s activities. It is March 12 at 1 p.m. at the center, 4626 N. Knox Ave. in Mayfair. Tickets are $12.

The Northwest Side Irish Parade will take place March 13 at 9 a.m. The parade will kick off at noon at 6634 W. Raven (Onahan School) in Norwood Park. After the parade, there will be an afterparty at 1 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Recreation Center, 7211 W. Talcott Ave. Tickets are $12 and include a corned beef dinner, beverages and live entertainment.


The Irish Heritage Singers will perform March 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Leela Arts Center, 620 Lee St., Des Plaines. Tickets are $15 to $25.

The Shamrock Beer Run is March 19 at 11 a.m. The 5K run/walk will feature five beer stops each serving 3 oz. craft beers. The starting line will be at Vail and Campbell St. in downtown Arlington Heights. Because this event serves alcohol, participants must be 21 or older. Registration is $45.


The Woodridge Library will hold a free event in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Activities include a performance by the Trinity Irish Dancers, followed by an Irish-inspired arts and crafts show. It’s March 5 at 1 p.m. at the library, 3 Plaza Dr., Woodridge.

The Naperville St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off March 12 at 10 a.m. from Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St. The parade will end at the Municipal Center.

The band Dervish will perform interpretations of Irish songs and dance tunes using traditional instruments, including a fiddle, flute, bodhran, mandola and bouzouki. The event is March 12 at 8 p.m. at the Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium at Kirk Road & Pine St. in Batavia. Tickets are $14 to $28.


The Tinley Park Irish Parade is March 6 at 2 p.m. beginning at Central Middle School, 18146 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park.

The Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W 147th St., Oak Forest, will host a special St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage lunch March 17 at noon. The Cross Keys School of Irish Dancing will also perform. Tickets are $25.