Are You Ready for St. Patrick’s Day?
Posted On: 03/04/2019
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. This year, March 17 falls on a Sunday. But you can be sure folks all over the Chicago area will celebrate the entire weekend (and likely the weekend before, too!). Before the city dyes the Chicago River green, be sure to lock down your transportation plans so you can enjoy a few Guinness knowing your trip home is already set.
There are so many fun events and Irish-themed locations in the Chicago area. Check out these great options to celebrate the patron saint of Éire.
The Chicago area is hosting four St. Patrick’s Day parades.
- Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday, March 9 at noon – This annual event is the place to kick-off the wearing o’ the green in the Western suburbs and features more than 80 floats, Irish dancers, marching bands and local team mascots like Tommy Hawk and Benny the Bull.
- Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday, March 16 at noon – The parade starts at Balbo and Columbus and winds its way north past Buckingham Fountain. Parking is tight, so other transportation is highly recommended.
- South Side Irish Parade, Sunday, March 17 at noon – The parade steps off from 103rd and Western, heading south down Western to 115th. This year, the parade honors the Honor Flight Chicago organization which recognizes America’s war veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War by flying them to Washington D.C. to tour the memorials built in their honor
- Northwest Side Irish Parade, Sunday, March 17 at noon – This parade celebrates Irish heritage in the Norwood Park neighborhood, followed by an official after party at Immaculate Conception Recreation Center at 7271 W. Talcott Ave.
Check out these Irish bars and restaurants in the city and suburbs.
- Galway Arms Irish Bar and Restaurant, 2442 N. Clark St., Chicago – Name an Irish whiskey and you’re sure to find it well stocked at Galway. The venue bills itself the soul of Ireland in the heart of Chicago.
- The Kerryman, 661 N. Clark St., Chicago – You’ll need to purchase tickets in advance to hang out at this authentic Irish pub on March 16. Irish-born owners serve up a number of traditional Irish dishes.
- McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub, 109 W. Main St., St. Charles – This charming pub puts Guinness to good use. Of course, the Irish beer is served properly in specially designed pint glasses. You’ll also find Guinness-battered cod nuggets along with a menu full of Irish favorites.
- Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson St., Naperville – Enjoy live music throughout the day on March 16. The Finder on the Trigger performs at noon. Cirrus Falcon rounds out the evening at 8:30 p.m.
Need some Irish-themed swag before the celebrations begin?
- The Irish Boutique, Crystal Lake Plaza, Crystal Lake – You’ll find a store full of Celtic-inspired decorations, jewelry, clothing and barware.
- Irish-American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave, Chicago – Check out the gift shop for all your Irish needs for the home, kitchen, clothing and accessories.
- Murray’s Irish Outfitters, 3021 Butterfield Rd., Oak Brook – A complete Irish shopping experience featuring cable-knit sweaters, jewelry and giftware.
WSL is a great option for private transportation for groups of people. Whether you need car service from Naperville, a stretch limo from St. Charles, or the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van from Geneva; now is the time to call WSL to book your St. Patty’s celebration outing.
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