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A Very Green St. Patrick's Day: 6 Ways to Celebrate in Chicago

One of Chicago's most beloved traditions returns again this year! St. Patrick's Day in Chicago is unlike any other celebrated. Unique to the city, the Chicago River is dyed a vibrant green, taverns burst at the seams, and the Windy City air fills with sounds of bagpipes and high spirits.

Beginning early in the morning on Saturday, March 12, the local plumbers union will work their magic and dye the Chicago River green with environmentally friendly dye. The dye typically lasts 24-48 hours, so don't miss the opportunity to snap a picture before the dye wears off!

At 12:00 p.m. make your way over to the St. Patrick's Day parade route along Balbo Drive and Monroe Street, as lively floats make their way through the sea of high spirits.

Whether this is your first time experiencing the celebration or you are returning for another year, (lucky for you) we have rounded up 6 ways to celebrate all the green festivities this year!


  • Pippin's Tavern

    Pippin's Tavern is offering packages and tables from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    3 hour reservations include: 

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  • The Brasserie at the Waldorf Astoria

    Join The Brasserie on St. Patrick's Day for an elegant take on the classic corned beef and cabbage that will surprise your senses and excite your mind. 

    St. Patrick's Day main course includes:

    • Applewood Smoked Prime Beef Brisket
    • Red Potato Confit
    • Compressed Apple and Pear Slaw

    Dinner Service Only on March 17th, 2022.

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  • Eli's Cheesecake Company

    Your Chicago St. Patrick's Day experience would not be complete without Eli's Cheesecake and more specifically their limited edition Green River Cheesecake! The festive, neon lime cheesecake is made with real Green River syrup and topped with lime gelee all baked on their delicious signature shortbread cookie crust.

    Place your order!
  • LondonHouse Chicago

    Look no further than the LondonHouse Chicago, to experience a St. Patrick's Day celebration 22 floors above the ground! Make your way up to LH on 21, the indoor lounge, and the 22nd floor for their outdoor rooftop terrace with the perfect view of a green Chicago River. LondonHouse Chicago is offering Green River View and A Brew on March 12 with reservations starting at 8:00 a.m. -  midnight! Guests can sip on green beer, while having an unobstructed view of the emerald green water running through the city. Tickets include complimentary St. Paddy's Day swag, bottomless green beer, breakfast bites, open bar, photo ops, a dance floor and more!

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  • Chicago's First Lady

    Join Chicago's First Lady Cruises on Saturday, March 12 for their St. Patrick's Day Clover Cruise! Don your best green attire and get ready to shake your shamrocks for a whale of a good time as you eat, drink and be merry from the comfort of our luxurious vessels. Departing at 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 1:30pm & 2:00pm.


    • 2-hour cruise experience along Chicago's green river
    • Live bagpipe performance at boarding before cruise departure
    • Specialty Irish cocktails, Guinness, green beer and more (includes 2 drink tickets + cash bar)
    • Corned beef sandwich box from the Corned Beef Factory
    • Festive photo booth with themed props
    • Climate-controlled interior salon and open-air upper deck for spectacular green river views
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  • Shoreline Sightseeing

    Join Shoreline Sightseeing as they kick-off their 2022 season on a green Chicago River! Choose your cruise for March 12 to experience a unique St. Patrick's Day experience. Get front row seats to the famous holiday tradition, cruise along the green river, and enjoy unforgettable views of the city’s architecture while listening to classic Irish tunes!

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