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6 St. Patrick’s Day Events in Chicago

Events in Chicago are scarce this year because many celebrations and the amazing parade are having to be canceled for a second year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The first parade honoring the saint was held in Boston in 1737, and New York held the first “official” parade in 1762. According to historian Dr J Michael Francis, the very first celebration was held in St Augustine, Florida, in 1600.

People can continue to wear green clothing, feature shamrocks, fly Irish flags, cook delicious Irish dishes, dance Irish jigs, and, of course, drink the famous “brews” and favorite Irish drinks that will continue to be offered at many local establishments.

Extensive research did reveal some public events in Chicago that are due to be celebrated, such as the following:

1. Chicago River dyeing

A famous annual tradition for many generations of Chicagoans on March 17 that began in 1962, the river is dyed brilliant emerald green. That is luckily scheduled for this year.

2. 2021 St. Paddy’s Day 5K & 8K Run/Walk

Saturday, March 13 – 10 AM to 1 PM
$25 – $44

Some good old-fashioned fun that has occurred for 30 years where you can run or walk to support a great cause. Wear green. Participants will receive a finisher’s medal, a race shirt, and a post-race beer (probably green) at the post-race party!

The event begins in the Lincoln Park historic neighborhood across from the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum at Diversey Harbor’s south end. The course winds through the Diversey Harbor and the picturesque Belmont Harbor areas along Chicago’s lakefront. Proceed to the finish line just north of Fullerton Avenue on the path adjacent to Cannon Drive.

Packet pick-up will be at Fleet Feet Old Town on Thursday, March 11, and Friday, March 12 from 12 PM to 7 PM on both days.

3. “Shamrock Our Blocks”

This will be a decorating the home contest by the Irish Organization to encourage Chicago’s South Side to decorate homes, cars, and light poles in the green of St. Patrick’s Day while supporting local businesses, which will benefit from all entry profits.

For the entry fee of $20, homeowners will receive a place in the contest and a yard sign. Prizes will be winning from $500 to $1,000 in local business gift cards, and the grand prize will be $1,000 in cash.

Rules and requirements:

  • The house must be registered on their website by March 4 at midnight.
  • Send a picture of the home all decorated by March 4 at midnight.
  • Judges will announce the winner on social media on March 13th.
  • Decorations must be visible from the front of the house because the judges are not able to visit the backyards.

4. St. Patrick’s Day Pot O’ Gold Bingo Bash!

Sat, March 13, 2021, from 11:00 AM to 10 PM EST
Location: Whiskey Business, a Bar, Restaurant, and Rooftop in Wicker Park
Starts at $50.00
Open to the Public and anyone on or off Facebook

Green beer, food, Irish whiskey, giveaways, prizes, beads, while having fun with friends. Mixing 80s and 90s nostalgia with more than a choice from 115 different whiskeys.

5. St. Patrick’s Day Green River Booze Cruise

Saturday, March 13, 2021
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Join Chicago Yacht Events and WAMI LIVE INC to enjoy Chicago’s dyeing of the Green River while taking in breathtaking city views. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will include boat entry, fees, and City Amusement Tax, sunglasses, photographers, and videographers. Chicago’s very own DJ Lineup is to be announced. There are two climate-controlled levels of music and drinking. 21+ ID required.

6. “TIDES: A Prelude”: A Virtual and In-Person Exhibition

Available in-person by appointment and virtually via a 360º experience on the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods’ website.
Monday, March 1, and recurring daily to Sunday. April 25, 2021.

Nature is the feature of this riveting exhibition, which is based on the gravitational pull of the moon and sun on the earth’s bodies of water. It explores the shape, color, and frequency of sound. Arica Hilton’s oil on canvas and acrylic on acrylic paintings delve into the meaning of TIDES in a direct and indirect materials menu, both real and metaphorical. They address contemporary issues such as climate change, the environment, plastic pollution, and the oceans and their inhabitants.

With options available even during these trying times, you can count on having an exciting day. Keep safe this St. Patrick’s Day with your own private transportation. Call Ace Limousine this year for your St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

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