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Almost Time to Dye that River Green... Nothin like St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago!

3/9/12 | by

It must be the luck of the Irish, because this year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday! Woohoo... Time to get our drink on! The only thing that could make it even better is if you’re lucky enough to spend it in Chicago.

Known worldwide as one of the top places to spend St. Patrick’s Day, Chicago will once again do a citywide jig that would make any leprechaun proud.

So start busting out your green and get ready to guzzle gallons of Guinness, because Chicago doesn’t play around when it comes to Irish pride.

The famous uniquely Chicago tradition of dying the river green will once again be in full effect this year. If you’ve never seen this in action, we have to say, you’re missing out. Its gonna happen at 10:00am on March 17. This year the location changed because of construction, so the best spot to view the color change is supposed to be on the east side of the Columbus Drive bridge or on Wacker Drive between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive.

After hangin out riverside, we recommend throwing back a few green brewskies and heading over to Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Grant Park. This famous parade kicks off at noon at Columbus and Balbo and will go north on Columbus. For the best views of the parade, there should be a viewing stand in front of Buckingham Fountain.

While that may be the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Chicago, it’s certainly not the only one. If you can’t make it to the Patty’s Day festivities on the 17th, you could always check out these early shamrock loving shindigs:

Saturday, March 10 - Forest Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 11 - South Side Irish Parade
Sunday, March 11 - Northwest Side Irish Parade

How do you plan on spending St. Patrick’s Day this year?