One of the many perks to living in the great city of Chicago is taking advantage of the exciting events that take place in the city each weekend. This is especially true around holidays like St. Patrick’s Day, when the Second City transforms into the Emerald City for a few days in March each year. From the green river to green beer – and a rich Irish heritage to back it all up – Chicago has become the go-to destination for St. Paddy’s Day revelers. Panning to take part in this year’s festivities? Here are five events you won’t want to miss:
Irish Pubs of Chicago Trolley Tour – Thursday, March 13, 7 p.m.
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.
Take a trolley to some of Chicago’s famed Irish pubs, where a tavern historian will discuss the history of each establishment and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Chicago River Dyeing/Downtown Parade – Saturday, March 15
Catch the annual dyeing of the Chicago River at 10 a.m., followed by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at noon. The event starts at Balbo and runs north on Columbus to Monroe.
St. Patrick’s Day Cruise – Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave
Learn how the Irish helped shape modern-day Chicago on this 90-minute cruise of the (freshly dyed) Chicago River. Each tour features a cash bar and traditional Irish buffet with favorites like corned beef and cabbage and bread pudding.
South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Sunday, March 16, 12 p.m.
Celebrate the Irish heritage of Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood with this South Side tradition. The parade steps off at 103rd and runs south along Western to 115th.
St. Patrick’s Day Festival – Saturday, March 15 to Monday, March 17
Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave.
Enjoy live music, dancing, food and children’s activities on Saturday, followed by more family-friendly fun on Monday. Adults can also stop by Sunday for a pint, live music and a traditional Irish menu (21 and over only).
Be sure to check these out and some of the other exciting events taking place around the city this month as you explore all that Chicago real estate has to offer. You can also visit our neighborhood page to familiarize yourself with different parts of the city. Connect with one of our experienced Related Realty brokers if you have any questions about buying or selling a home this spring. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!