Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Chicago Way


In Mondial River West, you’re close to the action for St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, one of the city’s most celebrated holidays.

The Film Festival

You can get your green on early at the Irish Film Festival beginning March 1st at the Logan Theater. The festival shows domestic premiers and recent releases of contemporary Irish films. From documentaries to dramas, they highlight the extraordinary diversity and creativity of Irish filmmaking.

The Chicago River

On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, the Chicago River goes green at 9:00 am for five hours between Columbus and Wacker Drives. The best viewing spots include Michigan Avenue Bridge (east side), Columbus Drive Bridge (west side) and Banks of the Chicago Riverwalk between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.

The Parade

Packed among the parade of floats waving green, white, and orange flags are bagpipers, marching bands, Irish step dancers, and dignitaries. The three-hour parade begins at noon and marches on despite the weather. It starts at Balbo and Columbus and proceeds north on Columbus to the viewing stand in front of Buckingham Fountain. The best viewing position is in Grant Park where the parade begins.

The Irish American Heritage Center Festival

After the parade, enjoy Irish music, dance, food, gifts, and activities at the St. Patrick’s Festival throughout the Irish American Heritage Center.

The Forever Green Party

On March 9th, get in the party mood at Forever Green‘s 43rd annual blast with Irish music, dancing, and craic (fun and amusement). The party runs from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm at the Chicago Cultural Center.

The Marathons

Finally, what is Chicago without a marathon? St. Patrick’s Day is a good excuse for a marathon, not that Chicago needs an excuse. Here’s a rundown of the runs:

Also, be sure to check out your favorite restaurants and bars for their St. Patrick Day specials.

Mondial River West is a prime location to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago. For information on one, two, and three bedroom spacious apartment homes in Chicago’s River West neighborhood, please contact us.

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