St. Patrick’s Day Chicago 2024

St. Patrick's Day Chicago


No city celebrates St. Patrick’s Day like Chicago. Seriously. A Chicago St. Patrick’s Day is an event like no other. Nearly a million people convene for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago downtown, and while it’s pure mayhem, the revelry is a site to behold. The river is dyed green, everyone is partying like it’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and the city is charged with a wild energy. We highly recommend St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago. It’s one of the best parties in the world. Learn more about the many events across the city, and get details about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago with Skydeck Chicago!

St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago: Things to Do

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago gets all the attention, but there’s so much going on across the city. Here are just a few ways to enjoy your Chicago St. Patrick’s Day: 

  • St. Patrick’s Day Cruises: Why not enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago from a boat on the emerald green Chicago River? In fact, Wendella Boats even offers an early cruise at 8:30 A.M. where you can watch the dyeing ritual and see the river turn green! 
  • South Side Irish Parade: Irish Americans have deep roots on the Southside of Chicago. If you’re looking for a more intimate parade with an extra slice of uilleann pipe and bohran drum marching bands, you won’t want to miss the South Side Irish Parade
  • The St. Patrick’s Day Festival: Head over to the Irish American Heritage Center, where, for $12, you can enjoy all kinds of events. From the Irish Trinity Dancers to the Shannon Rovers to genealogy workshops, Irish session music, Gaelic language workshops, and so much more! 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago: Details

The Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade is always celebrated the Saturday prior to St. Patrick’s Day. This year, the parade will start at 12:30 PM on Saturday, March 16th. Proudly sponsored by the Plumbers Local 130 UA, the parade starts at Balbo Drive and Columbus Drive and continues up to Monroe St. Kicking off the parade, however, is the annual river dyeing. You’ve probably heard that Chicago dyes the entire Chicago River green each year. Rest assured, it’s a site you don’t want to miss! 

Plan a Visit to Skydeck Chicago! 

And if you’re here as a visitor, entertaining guests, or a resident looking for a perfect weekend, be sure to plan a visit to Skydeck Chicago. At the top of Willis Tower, you and your crew can enjoy a 360-degree view with visibility into four states, as well as a panoramic view below of downtown’s skyscraper maze. But before you head over, learn more about the Skydeck Chicago experience