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St Patrick’s Day: Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend – Mar 16-18

Start making your plans to enjoy one of the best FREE St Patrick’s Day Parades in Chicago this weekend an enjoy all the Irish festivities all over the city this weekend, which is primed to be a big fun party all weekend ling.


Irish Parade on St Patrick’s Day in Chicago

Start making your plans to enjoy the best FREE St Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago this weekend.  Check out  Make your way to downtown Chicago to see the Chicago Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday March 17th, 2018. The parade starts at Balbo and Columbus. The parade units will proceed north on Columbus Drive and the viewing stand will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain, with Grand Marshal 40th Ward Alderman, Patrick O’Connor and Guest of Honor, Justice Anne Burke, Founder of Chicago Special Olympics, 50th Anniversary, both who exemplify “The Irish Bond of Community and Service” ​to Chicago.


Dyeing the Chicago River Green

The Chicago River will be dyed emerald green March 17, 2018, to kick off St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Chicago.  Turning the Chicago river green has been unique to Chicago for the past 43 years. Most people did not know that this is a privately funded operation, which gets more expensive each year. In 2018, the plumbers union will be turning the river green on Saturday March 17, starting at 9:00 A.M.!     This year they will be at the Chicago River between Columbus Drive and State Street.



The 8th Annual Palatine Paints the Town Green features a parade of 50 entries, including the Midlothian Scottish Bagpipe Band, the Trinity Irish Dancers, the Lucky Little Leprechauns of Dorset Avenue and more. The parade travels west on Wood Street then north on Smith Street in Palatine. Free. (847) 942-4436 or Activities begin at 10 a.m. and parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17


Lake Villa’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off Saturday, with the assembly point at Palombi School, 133 McKinley Ave., Lake Villa. The parade route travels from McKinley Avenue north to Burnett Avenue, to Sherwood Avenue, to Grand Avenue, to Cedar Avenue, ending on Railroad Avenue by the Lake Villa VFW. Free. (847) 356-6100 or Noon Saturday, March 17

For those who want to end St. Patrick’s Day with pyrotechnic bangs, check out the DUbliNDEE Fireworks over the Fox River on the Footbridge in East Dundee. Free. (847) 426-2822 or 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17


Oldest Pubs in America

Grab a beer this weekend at one of the oldest pubs in America — Shinnick’s Pub in Chicago is tucked into a building that has been standing since the 1880s. It was a pub under a different name before the Shinnick family took it over in 1938 and is still under the under the ownership of the nine Shinnick children who inherited the business from their parents. — — St. Patrick’s Day events start early at this spot, making for a multi-day celebration.



Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show

The North Shore’s annual salute to this prized family of flowers is the perfect cure for wintertime blues. The greenhouses and gallery will be packed with more than 10,000 in-bloom orchids, featuring an array of hybrids.


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Free Museums

Check out the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum – Every Sunday




Other Things to Do


Here is the Tribune’s Top 5 Things to Do this weekend.

Here is the ChicagoMag’s Ten Things to Do in Chicago This Week

Here is the Thrillist’s list of things to do this St Paddy’s Day weekend in Chicago.

Check out TIMEOUT for their complete guide to St Paddy’s Day in Chicago 

The Chicago Reader has lots to do on their Weekend Agenda age


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