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Top 10 St. Patrick's Day Events in Chicago

You can just see St. Patrick’s Day peeking out from the horizon! Chicago is on its toes and already has a lot to offer for those looking forward to the celebration in the city. It's more than just a couple of green beers at nearby Irish pubs. The city will be hosting fun and exciting activities to celebrate Irish food, drinks, and culture!

Find yourself in Chicago this St.Patrick's Day and experience more than just witnessing the iconic dyeing of Chicago River with the color green! Social Scene lists down a couple of the many interesting events just in time for St. Paddy’s Day!


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1) St Patrick's Day Wicker Park Bar Crawl

Wicker Park, Chicago, IL 60622



Huddle together with people who love Irish liquor and enjoy them at the Wicker Park Bar Crawl


One thing you shouldn’t miss when St. Patrick's Day rolls around the corner once again is the St Patrick's Day Wicker Park Bar Crawl. It’s time to take over Wicker Park and its best bars as you visit 4 of them, within 5 hours and more. The event is said to be hosting 100 people with an electric after party and drink specials to watch out for.

Catch this event on the 16th of March and book your tickets here. The tickets are priced from $5 to $25 and include entry to the crawl, an invitation to the after-party, a drink ticket and so much more.



2. O'Neil's on Wells' St. Patrick's Day Street Festival

411 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60607


Be entertained and enjoy green drinks at O'Neil's on Wells, Photo by Neal O’Bryan


For those who want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day but feel like it’s too much effort to join in the parade with everyone in Chicago, O'Neil's on Wells' St. Patrick's Day Street Festival has got you covered!

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Celebrated on the 16th of March, the event offers a loop bar that closes part of the Financial Avenue. There will be a block party thrown in the event wherein the visitors will get to see the Shannon Rovers Bagpipers perform twice! Catch them from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM at the event.

 You will not only enjoy the music, but traditional corned beef will be served along with some pizza and of course green drinks! The event opens at 9 AM and you can contact them at 312-922-1778 for more information or you can also visit their site.


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 3. St. Patrick’s Day at City Winery at the Riverwalk

11 W. Riverwalk South, Chicago, IL 60601



Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at City Winery Photo by Philamonjaro


The St. Patrick’s Day at City Winery at the Riverwalk event gives you access to their newest location at Riverwalk. Not only can you enjoy your favorite Irish wine and drinks, but you also get to witness the Chicago river transform into its iconic green color.

Join in and have fun from the 16th to the 17th of March at City Winery at Riverwalk. The event is a free entrance and starts at 11 AM. For more details, you can contact them at 312-229-5593 or check out what their website has to offer.



4. Chicago River Crawl - River North's St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl! 

River North's BEST Bars (at least 31 bars in Chicago)

155 W. Kinzie Chicago, IL 60654


Enjoy all shades of green when you join St. Paddy's Day River Crawl!


What do you think about when St. Paddy’s Day arrives? It’s all about the streets being flooded with people and the bars oozing with the best Irish food and drinks! This is exactly what the Chicago River Crawl - River North's St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl will give you!

Enter the best bars in Chicago in the heart of River North. Attendees won’t have to worry about the location since the bars are just walking distance from each other. This means spending more time in each bar and tasting special St. Patrick’s drinks that are offered.

The event begins on the 6th of March from 8 AM to 12 PM. Tickets are priced from $40 to $60 and it includes admission to all bars plus $20 in gifts cards to be used on the crawl. There will also be four $5 gift cards given, that can be used at the stop along the crawl.


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 5. Northwest Side Irish Parade

William J. Onahan School, 6634 West Raven St, Chicago, IL 60631


Traditional Irish parade with a must-go-to after party

The Northwest Side Irish Parade is comprised of a fun community that starts off with a parade on St. Patrick’s Day. The parade begins at the William J. Onahan School in Norwood Park neighborhood and ends up to Harlem Avenue.

After the parade is the after-party from 1 PM to 5 PM wherein a scrumptious and traditional Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage is served. Guests can also enjoy the cheesecakes, the sodas, wine, and beers that are served while listening to live entertainment. For adults, tickets are about $10 while they are $5 for children. For those 21 and older who like drinks, you can add $5 for a drinking wristband. Learn more about the event’s activities here.


 6. Wendella’s St. Patrick's Day Cruise

400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611



Wendella sightseeing boat on St.Patrick’s Day


What better way to experience the annual changing of the Chicago River’s colors than going on a cruise? The Wendella’s St. Patrick's Day Cruise offers you a delightful experience on St. Patrick’s Day by taking you on a St. Patrick’s Cruise along with a full-service bar you can enjoy.

The cruise begins at 9 AM to 11 AM and is open for adults 21 and older. There is also a kid’s cruise available at 8:45 AM to 10:15 AM and family-friendly activities. Tickets are priced at $65 each with 3 drink tickets and for the kids’ cruise, $18 for those ages 3 to 11. For more information and bookings, visit their website.


7. Chicago Shamrock Crawl

Wrigleyville's best bars (Full list in event description), 3524 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60657


Visit the best bars in Chicago this St. Patrick's Day


Time to visit Wrigleyville for St. Patrick’s Day and experience what the best bars over there have to offer! There’s no better day than St. Paddy’s to fully experience the fun of Irish culture, food, and drinks, check out what Chicago Shamrock Crawl has to offer.

Mark your calendars on the 16th of March for the event. It starts at 8 AM to 2 PM where guests are given drinking wristbands so that they get to taste drink specials from each bar.

Expect drinks like Bud Light and Goose Island 312 in most of the bars you visit. Tickets are priced at $40 to $60 and include bar admission, a T-Shirt, a gift card, breakfast buffet, and even giveaways!


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8. Forever Green

2401 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60614


Forever Green Party Photo by the Young Irish Fellowship Club



The Forever Green party is one of the longest running celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago. This is hosted by the Young Irish Fellowship and this year at Theater on the Lake. There’s traditional Irish music plus dancing as one of the highlights at the party. For those who are in for the drinks, there is a 4-hour open bar complete with Irish specialty drinks.

Celebrated on the 8th of March at 7 PM, the Forever Green Party is priced at $50 to $85 per person. For more information and bookings you can call them at 312-742-7994 or go and check their website here.



 9. Irish American Heritage Center St. Patrick's Festival

4626 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL 60630


Annual St. Patrick’s Festival Photo by Stacy McReynolds



The Irish American Heritage Center St. Patrick's Festival is celebrated on St. Patrick’s Day weekend at the Irish American Heritage Center. The festival directly follows downtown Chicago’s celebrations and features Irish dancing, live music, and food.

You can bring your friends and family to the event and buy gifts as well as crafts at the venue. The event starts at 1 PM on the 16th of March and rates go from $15 advance, $12 and for kids under the age of 12, the entrance is free of charge. For more details, call them at 773-282-7035 or visit their site here.


10. 2019 Chicago St Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl (Saturday) 

The Flat Iron (1565 N Milwaukee Ave), The Reverie (414 N Orleans St), Chicago, Illinois 60622


Meet new people, try new drinks and enjoy St. Patrick's Day!



Don’t miss out on 2019 Chicago St Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl (Saturday) and what t has to offer you. What better way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day than to go out and discover the many bars in town.

You will also need to check in so that you can get the event materials.location for the pre-check is at Reverie (414 N Orleans St) on the 15th of March. the best thing about this is that you can check in for your friends as well. Tickets are priced up to $20.


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