Chicago is the best city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! But before we get into all the exciting events, let’s start with a little history…
In the 1830s, there was a rise of Irish immigration to Chicago. There were already some Irish living in Chicago before it became a city in 1837, but in the next few years the Irish population grew quickly. The Great Famine had some part to play in this increase. Many Irish immigrants in Chicago came to America living impoverished lives. They took low-paying jobs that required little skill and settled in poor neighborhoods. In time, things improved and children of early immigrants appear to have been better off than their parents.
Now that we all know some of the history of the Irish in Chicago, let’s take a look at some of the St. Patrick’s Day events in the city!
A city favorite is the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Chicago! The parade steps off on March 17th at noon. The famous parade begins at the intersection of Balbo and Columbus Drives and will proceed north, past Buckingham Fountain, along Columbus Drive. Bring the whole family and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Chicago!
Another favorite of all Chicagoans is the dyeing of the Chicago River! The dyeing is scheduled for 10:45a.m. on March 17th. It can be best-viewed from the East side of the Michigan Avenue Bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive Bridge, or on the upper and lower levels of Wacker Drive in between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. Don’t miss out on seeing a green Chicago River!
After spending the day watching the parade and taking a look at how green the Chicago River is, mosey on down to Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier! Harry Caray’s will be all decked out for St. Paddy’s Day! There will be traditional and modern Irish music, not to mention the green giveaways, including St. Patrick’s Day beads, green hats and more! Harry Caray’s will have traditional Irish food specials as well as the full menu. Specials include Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, and a Hot Corned Beef Sandwich. Yum! Delicious Irish food needs delicious Irish drinks, so Harry’s will be offering Irish drink specials as well! Ending St. Paddy’s Day with a scrumptious meal at Harry Caray’s is like finding the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day everyone!
For more information on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade: http://www.chicagostpatsparade.com/