Being a Chicago tradition ourselves, we love all of the tradition that comes with St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago. From dyeing the Chicago River green to the St. Patrick’s Day parade, we wanted to share our favorite festivities for folks to enjoy in Chicago this weekend.
It’s no secret that we love Chicago. After all, we pride ourselves on being a Chicago tradition since 1949! So this year, as with every other year, we’re really excited about the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Running down South Columbus Drive from East Bilbao Drive to East Monroe Drive, the parade route goes right past the iconic Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park, a true Chicago landmark.
To make the parade even richer with Chicago culture this year, the Grand Marshall will be John McDonough, President and CEO of the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago is known for its passionate sports fans almost as much as it’s known for Garrett Popcorn Shops, and the Blackhawks are the toast of the Chicago sports scene at the moment. The fun at the parade all kicks off at noon on Saturday.
Before the parade, however, make sure to enjoy a visual masterpiece along the Chicago River. Every year, Chicago celebrates a “modern day miracle” in the heart of the city, as an orange dye is released into the Chicago River, which might seem odd, but after a few minutes, the dye miraculously turns the river into a brilliant shade of Irish green. This makes for quite a stunning visual along the river that runs through the hectic area of the loop. The dyeing starts at 10am on Saturday and we recommend trying to grab a spot on the Columbus Drive bridge, assuming you get there early enough.
One final Chicago treat has recently been highlighted by Thrillist. Both Emmit’s and Cork and Kerry made Thrillist’s lists for America’s top 21 Irish pubs. Quite a big feat when you consider the popularity of Irish pubs in America. If you want a taste of Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, you might want to check them out. Just save some room for some delicious Garrett Popcorn!
Chicago has a rich Irish-American cultural heritage, and it’s great to see that be celebrated every year. We have shared some of our favorite Chicago events for St. Patrick’s Day, but nothing beats grabbing a Tin of your favorite Garrett Popcorn and partaking in whatever festivities make you happy!
How will you be celebrating St. Patty’s Day this year? Share your plans with us in the comments below.