Not sure where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend? We’ve collected a variety of options throughout the neighborhoods of Chicago. Start the day on Saturday with a visit to the biggest Chi-rish tradition- the dyeing of the river. At 9:30 AM, the Journeymen Plumber’s Local Union 130 will pour 45 pounds of eco-friendly dye into the Chicago River at the intersection of Wacker and Columbus. Get a unique point of view for the emerald transformation from the Shoreline Sightseeing St. Patrick’s Day Cruise, where a traditional Irish lunch buffet is served.
If you’d rather stick to celebrations on land, don’t miss the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which begins at noon. The procession starts at Balbo and Columbus and will proceed north; the viewing stand will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain. Expect to see and hear plenty of bagpipes, Irish dancers, drum corps, and other merrymakers.
For those looking for a pub to drink a pint of Guinness, or grab some Irish grub, here is our list by neighborhood:
Blackfinn Ameripub, 65 W Kinzie
Doors open at 7 AM for green beer and whiskey, but tickets can be bought for admission and a breakfast buffet of kegs and eggs for $15.
Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N Fairbanks
The St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Timothy O’ Toole’s spans six days, but if you stop in during Saturday’s party, don’t miss the green pop chugging contest, beer tubs, or the Shannon Rovers Bag Pipers.
Blackwood BBQ, 305 W Lake S
Take a break from drinking and grab a “reubecue” sandwich at Blackwood BBQ. The sandwich will be available March 12, 13, 16, and 17 until it’s sold out each day and will feature: with corned beef brisket, a marble rye bun, pickles and barbecue sauce for $8.99.
The Allis at Soho House of Chicago, 113-125 N Green St
Looking to escape the green beer? Head to The Allis for two St. Patrick’s Day cocktails- Drowning the Shamrock (rum, green chartreuse, lime, creme de cacao and vanilla simple syrup) and the Mott Street Cathedral (Irish whiskey, Lillet Blanc and orange bitters).
Blackie’s, 755 S Clark
If you’re thirsty for a pint after the parade, this family-owned South Loop bar isn’t far from the route. Blackie’s has been on the same corner for 75 years and will be serving from their St. Patrick’s Day menu starting at 7:30 AM.