Fun Celebrations & Free Things to Do on St. Patrick's Day in Chicago
Be sure to pack something green when you visit Chicago on St. Patrick's Day. This city really likes to liven things up on the holiday unlike anywhere else, starting with the tradition of dyeing the Chicago River bright green. From festive parade floats and bagpipers to a free Irish dance performance – discover a heady mix of things to do on St. Patrick's Day in Chicago near our hotel in River North!
What Is There to Do in Chicago on St. Patrick's Day?
St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday this year (March 17), so most of the big festivities take place on the day before. But you'll find Irish pubs and restaurants packed all weekend long!
- Watch as the Chicago River turns green on the morning of March 16! Great viewing spots include the Michigan Avenue Bridge or anywhere along the Riverwalk.
- Join the fun at Chicago's giant Patrick's Day Parade along Columbus Drive in Grant Park on March 16. One of the nation's largest, it features Irish dancers, bagpipe bags, and drum corps.
- Be thrilled by a free Irish dance performance by the Sheila Tully Academy of Irish Dance in the lobby of Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Saturday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m.
- Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Cityscape Bar, our easygoing rooftop lounge with beautiful views of the city plus food and drink specials. It's the perfect destination for your post-parade and river dyeing revelry!
One of the Best Hotels Near the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Chicago
Ideally situated in the trendy River North neighborhood, our award-winning hotel is close to the Chicago River and Grant Park – along with other top attractions like Navy Pier and the Magnificent Mile. Discover the art of the perfect location for your St. Patrick's Day escape – it's like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!