Dive into St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

Chicago police boat on a green Chicago River, Saint Patricks Day spectators on Michigan Avenue Bridge (DuSable Bridge) in background.

St. Patrick’s Day is one of Chicago’s most beloved events, especially since it marks the end of the cold, snowy winter and welcomes the beginning of spring. Listed as one of the top ten best St. Patrick’s Day events in the country by Country Living, Chicago Catalyst residents are fortunate to live close to the celebratory festivities.

Every St. Patrick’s Day, Chicago honors its title as the “greenest city in the world.” Creating a variety of great events including the annual parade and dyeing the Chicago River green, the Shamrock Chicago Organization never disappoints.

Dyeing the Chicago River

Beginning over 60 years ago, the Chicago Journeyman Plumbers Union turns the Chicago River green every St. Patrick’s Day as part of a long-lasting tradition.

Using a powdered vegetable-based dye, members of the local Plumbers Union board two boats, one of which is larger than the other. As the larger boat heads out onto the river, crew members disperse the dye using flour sifters. The smaller boat assists in helping to disperse the powder while following close behind.

The dyeing of the Chicago River starts at 9AM on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 16th and lasts around five hours. The best view of the green river is the intersection of Michigan Avenue, Wacker Drive, and the river.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Chicago’s 64th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the largest in the country. Every year, thousands of Chicagoans dressed in green gather downtown to watch Irish step dancers, marching bands, bagpipers, floats donning the Irish flag colors, and more.

The Downtown Chicago Parade commences at noon on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 16th. The parade will begin at Balbo and Columbus and travel north on Columbus Drive.

March Events

The dyeing of the Chicago River and The St. Patrick’s Day parade are just a couple of the various holiday events the Shamrock Chicago Organization puts on in the month of March. For a full list of St. Patrick Day happenings, check out their website.

With its convenient location, residents of Catalyst Apartments can easily enjoy all that Chicago has to offer.

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