st. patrick's day chicago celebrations

St. Patrick’s Day – the day of green beer, delicious food, beautiful music, and plenty of fun.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in remembrance of St. Patrick, who was Ireland’s “most celebrated patron saint,” but over the year has become a day of good drinks, great company and a good time.

This year, St. Patrick’s Day is on a Friday, which means there’s plenty of fun weekend activities happening throughout the Chicago suburbs. If you’re still looking for something to do this St. Patty’s Day, check out this list of nearby St. Patrick’s Day celebrations:

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 11th, 12:00 pm

  • This year marks the 60th anniversary of Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which winds through Grant Park.
  • Includes: irish step dancers, marching bands, and traditional Irish music.

Dyeing of the Chicago River – starts at 9:00 am

  • The Chicago River is dyed green using eco-friendly dye. This has been a Chicago tradition for more than 50 years.

West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Saturday, March 11th, 10:00 am

  • Naperville’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
  • Begins at Naperville North High School and heads south on Mill Street, east on Jefferson Ave, and south on Main Street.

St. Paddy’s Day 5K – 8:00 am, Saturday March 11th

  • Held by the Rotary Club of Naperville and takes place before the parade, on the same route.

Yorkville St. Patrick’s Day Festival – Saturday, March 18th

  • The day starts off with a 5k that begins at 10:00 am and stars at Southbank BBQ.
  • The Festival will feature over 12 different musical acts, including: Job Conover, the Gleeson Irish Trio, Stephen Bores, and County Line Brothers. Entertainment begins at 9:30am at Southbank BBQ.
  • Yorkville area restaurants participating include: Casa Santiago, Rowdys, Roadhouse Bar & Grill, Suzy’s Bar 7 Grill, and the Law Office.

15th Annual Plainfield Hometown Irish Parade – Sunday, March 12, 1:00 pm

  • Starts at Plainfield High school and winds through downtown Plainfield.

Ballydoyle Pub’s 5th Annual Saint Patrick’s Family Day – Saturday, March 12, 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  • Held at Ballydole in Aurora
  • Highland Dancers – 12:30 pm & 3:30 pm
  • The Babin Bros – 1 – 3 pm
  • Bagpipes – 4 pm
  • McNulty Irish Dancers – 7 pm

Ballydoyle’s Kegs & Eggs – Friday, March 17 – 8:00 a

  • Irish buffet and plenty of beer for those that want to start their St. Patty’s Day off early.

We hope this helps you figure out your St. Patrick’s Day plans. The entire Idea Marketing team wishes you a very happy St. Patty’s Day!