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Chicago is home to quite the St. Patrick's Day celebration! The Chicago River goes green as 45 pounds of vegetable dye color the water between Columbus and Wacker drives.

The dyeing of the river has been a tradition for many generations and attracts thousands of people dressed in green to see the action live! 

This parade is packed with all things Irish - colorful floats waving green/white/orange flags, troops of Irish step dancers, booming marching bands and bagpipers, and, of course, anything green! It happens rain or shine and lasts for about three hours. If you want more elbow and viewing room, we recommend snagging a spot toward the start of the parade in Grant Park (Columbus & Balbo).

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Mar 11, 2023

  • Address:
    Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St.
    Chicago IL 60605
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