Written By: Jessie White
St. Patrick’s Day: One of Chicago’s favorite holidays, with thousands of people flooding into the city to enjoy its lively music, massive parade near Michigan avenue, and of course the dyeing of the Chicago River green while searching for the next green beer you can get your hands on. Chicago certainly knows how to celebrate it’s drinking holidays but in a city like Chicago, how do you choose? Where should you even begin? We have the answers you’re looking for.
Wendella’s St. Patrick’s Day Cruise
Wendella Boats – March 16
If you find yourself in Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day you simply must catch a glimpse of the Chicago River turning it’s annual radiant shade of emerald. But why enjoy these sights from the bridge when you could watch the river turn green all around you cruising down the river with a drink in hand? The Wendella’s St. Patrick’s Day Cruise runs from 9 am to 11 am allowing you to enjoy festive music, Chicago sightseeing and of course a full-service bar with that precious green beer! This event is for ages 21+ and is an unforgettable experience!
Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Pippin’s Tavern – March 16th
The Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a city tradition as much as it is an Irish one. But where should you watch the parade? We vote skipping the crowd and instead ducking into Pippin’s Tavern on Rush Street to catch sight of the procession! Enjoy the same bagpipers, step dancers, and floats but from the comfort of one of your soon-to-be favorite restaurants in downtown!
Explore Chicago’s North Side Irish Pub Scene
Various Locations – March 16th and 17th
Chicago surely has no shortages of places to enjoy a nice green beer but which bars are worth the visit when there are so many to choose from? We’ve got your covered with a list of bars with awesome festivities and drink specials for the holiday away from the crazy crowds in the loop!
LG’s Bar (1525 N Wells St)
Irish Eyes (2519 N Lincoln Ave)
Kelly’s Pub (949 W Webster Ave)
River Shannon (425 W Armitage Ave)
Where to Stay?
The City Suites Hotel
Located in the heart of Northalsted (formerly Boystown), accessible via Red Line train
The Majestic Hotel
Located in the heart of Wrigleyville, accessible via Red Line train
The Willows Hotel
Located at the edge of Lakeview and Lincoln Park, accessible via Brown Line train
The Ivy Hotel
Located near the Magnificent Mile (convenient for St. Patrick’s in the Loop!)
These are all amazing lodging options and the first rule to St. Patrick’s day is to drink responsibly and make sure you get home safe! If you need a hotel for the night of St. Patrick’s Day please contact these hotels and discuss our same-day rates!