St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated each year on or around March 17th, and is not only a day to celebrate Irish culture, but to also commemorate St. Patrick, one of Ireland’s most celebrated patron saints, who is most-famous for introducing Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century.

The St. Patrick’s Day holiday is considered a cultural and religious celebration, but over the years has become a day of drinking green beer, stuffing our faces with corned beef and cabbage, and fascinating children with stories of mystical leprechauns.

This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday, which means that there are plenty of opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy some fun, St. Patty’s Day weekend activities and celebrations!

If you’re still on the hunt for something to do or ways to celebrate, check out the list we’ve put together of 2018 St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, parades, and special events happening throughout the Chicago suburbs:

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade
When: March 17, 1:00pm, Columbus Drive
Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the largest celebrations in the country, and 2018 marks the parade’s 63rd anniversary! Plan on seeing plenty of large colorful floats, Irish step dancers, loud marching bands featuring bagpipes, and many celebrate-ees decked out in green!

Chicago River Dyeing
When: March 17, 9:00am, Chicago River (Columbus Dr. & Wacker Dr.)
Before the parade, join Chicagoans for the dyeing of the Chicago River (using an eco-friendly dye), and watch the entire Chicago River turn green before your very eyes- a tradition of Chicago for more than 50 years!

Naperville St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Naperville St. Patrick’s Day Parade
When: March 10 10:00am – 12:00pm, Naperville North High School
More than 90 floats, cars, and groups are expected to march in the Naperville St. Patrick’s Day Parade and will feature Irish dancers, marching bands, and the West Suburban Irish parade king and queen.

Naperville Kid’s Night Out: Luck of the Irish
When: March 16 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Naperville Park District 305 W. Jackson Ave.
Parents, enjoy the night out while your children (ages 4-12) enjoy a night out of their own making fun crafts like designing leprechaun hats, making root beer floats, and hunting for a pot of gold AKA “the Shamrock Challenge”! Dinner and drinks are provided.
Event cost: $38, $25 resident

Aurora St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Ballydoyle Pub’s Annual St. Patrick’s Family Day
When: March 17 all day, Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant
Doors open at 8am for Kegs and Eggs, followed by entertainment from several bands and various dancers and pipers.
3:30pm – 5:30pm
– American Rogues
7:00p – 9:30pm– Classical Blast
10:00pm– Craic Punks

Yorkville St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Yorkville St. Patrick’s Day Festival
When: March 17 all day, downtown Yorkville
There are lots of St. Patrick’s day festivities going on in Yorkville on March 17th! The day begins with a 5k race, followed by a parade, afternoon activities for kids, and nightime live music- the fun doesn’t stop!
9:00am– 5k Race
11:00am– St. Patrick’s Day parade beginning in the Yak Shack parking lot at 301 E. Hysraulic Ave
11:30am– live music and activities for kids at South Bank Original BBQ including hunting for leprechaun gold and face painting
12:00pm-midnight– Live music at the Law Office, Rowdy’s, and South Bank Original BBQ

We hope this makes your St. Patrick’s Day planning a little bit easier! The Idea team wishes you all a fun, safe, and happy St. Patty’s Day!