It’s almost time for one of Chicago’s most-anticipated holidays of the year! With the city’s deep Irish roots and pride, St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to get out of the house, wear some green and enjoy the festivities of the bustling city… and maybe even a Guinness or two. From the perfect view for the Chicago River Dyeing to a full weekend of Irish entertainment, we have rounded up the best events to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, whether you’re Irish or not!
St. Patrick’s Day Chicago River Tradition
This St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate the Irish at Raised Bar, 1 W. Wacker Drive. Raised will be offering an authentic Irish food and drink package, with the annual dyeing of the Chicago River as the backdrop to the morning festivities. Raised kicks off the St. Patrick’s Day festivities with an Irish breakfast from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. on Sat., Mar. 17. Guests will be immersed in all things Irish with a live bagpipe performance and a food and drink package that includes: green beer on tap; endless green mimosas; Bloody Marys; baked eggs with spinach and kale pesto; corned beef and kraut on rye; Kerrygold white cheddar scone sliders, rashers, and eggs; and bourbon caramel cinnamon rolls. Guests can also make their way down to the lobby level Staytion Market & Bar for a DJ mixing beats from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., along with a selection of a la carte menu items being offered throughout the day, including Guinness, Jameson, Not Safe for Work Irish coffee and Corned Beef Hash, Braised Lamb Sliders, Irish stew and more. Tickets for the package are $60 per person and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com. Tax and gratuity are included.
Downtown Irish Action
State and Lake Chicago Tavern, 201 N State St., is joining in on the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day fun with food and drink specials on Sat., Mar. 17. Located just one block away from the Chicago River for the green dyeing activities, Chicago visitors and locals alike can start their celebrations early with drink specials beginning at 8 a.m. These specials include Green Bud Light Can ($4), Jameson Shot ($5), and Guinness Can ($6). Starting at 11 a.m., those looking to grab a bite to eat as well can take advantage of a variety of delicious food items provided by Chef Nathan Sears, Executive Chef of SLCT. These items include the Tavern Reuben with house made corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss, 1000 island dressing, and rye ($9) and Lamb and Guinness Stew with braised lamb, potatoes, carrots, and barley ($12).
Weekend-Long Irish Festival
Willowbrook’s charming Irish oasis, The Kerry Piper, is hosting its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration with three days packed with lucky fun inside the restaurant and outdoors under a massive party tent for extended hours Fri., Mar. 16 through Sun., Mar. 18, 2018. Weekend festivities include a St. Baldrick’s head shaving event, special guest bartenders, several live bands and more. The cottage-style Irish pub will offer classic Irish dishes and drinks and truly Celtic fare for guests to enjoy, featuring performances from Cirrus Falcon, Mulhearn Irish Dancers, Whiskey Brothers, Emerald Society Bagpipers, St. Stephen’s Green, Maggie Speaks, Infinity and more. More information can be found at www.kerrypiper.com.
Suburban Irish Pride
Wheaton’s favorite, historic Irish pub, Muldoon’s Irish Pub, 133 W. Front St., is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in style Sat., Mar. 17 for a full-day event from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. with classic Irish drinks and bites with special performances by local bagpipers, Irish dancers, The Bill Nelson and the Blarney Stone Killers, Parting Glass Irish Trio and DJ Tony Trixx. For more information on the day’s festivities, please visit www.muldoonswheaton.com.
Crafty St. Paddy!
Paper Source, a Chicago-based premier paperie and gift retailer, has you covered! With fun and trendy gift items and cards, Paper Source is the one-stop-shop for all your holiday needs! Head to one of their 125 stores in the U.S. or visit their website at www.papersource.com which offers nationwide shipping, to pick out your favorite St. Patrick’s Day cards.