Friday, March 9, 2012. Are you ready, Chicago? The greening of Chicago is underway--with the return of the South Side Irish parade, the new Lightscape installation on State State going green, the greening of the Chicago River, the parades and the green specials from theaters to pubs--the city is in celebration mode.
So here goes...just check out the Show Me Chicago calendar of events and remember Erin Go Bragh...or if not forever, at least for the month of March in Chicago.
The Greening of that great street: Activities all month.
From U2 to the Irish Celtic Fiddle Waltz, Chicago's Loop will radiate with an Irish soundtrack throughout the month of March as Lightscape celebrates St. Patrick’s Day – with vibrant green shades of light “choreographed” to more than 100 Irish songs daily from 10am – 8pm, free. Plus trivia fans will appreciate special Irish trivia at each of the 12 Lightscape installations.
The Trinity Academy of Irish Dance will “pop up” at locations along State Street on Friday, March 9, from 11 am – noon, and Friday, March 16, from 10-11am.
The South Side Irish Family Fest.
Before the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, bring your “wee folks” to the Beverly Arts Center to celebrate Irish Culture.
It’s the Real McCoy presented by the Irish-American Heritage Center.
Get ready for an action-packed night of theater, direct from Ireland, as a brand new three-act Irish comedy comes to the Irish-American Heritage Center for two nights only. Set in rural Ireland in 1964, what unfolds on stage is a combination of high drama, amazing Irish wit and a happy ending.
South Side Irish Parade – FREE.
Sunday, March 11.
An old favorite returns to Chicago’s South Side with a focus on family and Irish heritage. The Beverly neighborhood parade steps off at 11:30 a.m. on Western Avenue and runs from 103rd to 115th Street.
Northwest Side Irish Parade – FREE.
Sunday, March 11
Enjoy the newest of the annual parades when this fun-filled community event steps off at 12 p.m. at Raven Street and Northwest Highway near William J. Onahan School in the Norwood Park neighborhood.
Chicago History Museum presents Erin Go Beer! Irish Pubs of Chicago.
March 11 and 15.
Explore your inner leprechaun on this trolley tour that visits various Irish pubs. Enjoy a foamy brew while chatting about each stop and hear about the Irish in Chicago and the history behind St. Patrick’s Day.
Green is the New Pink as the Emerald City Theatre’s PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL goes Green for St. Patrick’s Day weekend performances, March 17 and March 18. The audience will don “green-tinted glasses” during the performance. Guests are also encouraged to wear green to the show and will be greeted with fun festivities and St. Patrick’s Day décor. For ticket specials use the promo code: GREEN. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut St).
RIVERDANCE will play in Chicago for the last time at the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph, Chicago), March 13-18, 2012 for eight performances only.
The Chicago River Goes Green.
Saturday, March 17. Plan to arrive early, before the parade, to view the dyeing of the Chicago River. The river will be colored with 45lbs of environmentally-friendly green dye starting at 10:45 a.m. near Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.
Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade – FREE.
Saturday, March 17.
Approximately 400,000 people are expected to come to the Loop area for the spectacular parade. Spectators will be treated to a colorful parade floats, musicians and dancers on Columbus Drive, beginning at Balbo Drive at 12 p.m. and ending at Monroe Drive.
St. Patrick’s Festival at the Irish-American Heritage Center.
Saturday, March 17.
After Saturday’s downtown parade, head north to the Irish-American Heritage Center for contemporary and traditional Irish music, dance, food and activities at this family-oriented annual event from 1p.m. to midnight.
St Patrick’s Day Celebration at Navy Pier – FREE.
Saturday, March 17.
Head to Navy Pier after the downtown parade for an exciting afternoon of Irish dance by Trinity Irish Dancers and live music by Anish from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Family Pavilion Stage.
Shoreline Sightseeing Cruises.
Saturday, March 17.
Enjoy a traditional Irish buffet, a cash bar and a 90-minute tour of all three branches of the Chicago River. Professional docents will entertain with stories of how the Irish shaped modern Chicago. Cruises are scheduled before and after the downtown Chicago parade, departing at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from Navy Pier.
Chicago Greeter – FREE.
Get the inside scoop on the City’s rich Irish-American heritage from an enthusiastic, knowledgeable local during a free Chicago Greeter walk around the city. Eco-conscious travelers can explore the other side of “Green” Chicago with a visit to Chicago’s green buildings and park space. Customized for small groups up to six people, these insightful two- to four-hour introductions can be reserved at chicagogreeter.com 7-10 days in advance.
Red Hen Bakery Goes Irish.
For the entire month of March Red Hen Bakery will feature Irish Soda bread and decorated sugar cookies.
Get Your Green Beer Here...St. Pat's Day Specials.
$3 Jameson Shots, $5 Guinness Pints
Special Appearance by Billy McNugget (The Leprechaun).
Food Specials: Corned Beef & Cabbage with Red Potatoes, Sheppard's Pie, Guinness Beer Brats, $4 Green Bud Lt., ($6 Mega 23 oz. & $16 Pitchers) $5 Guinness Pints, $7 Irish Car Bombs, $5 Mini Guinness, Shots, $4 Bushmill & Jameson
$4 Pints of Green Miller Light plus complimentary Corned Beef & Cabbage.
Wilde Bar & Restaurant.
Opens 9am on March 17 with Live DJ direct for Ireland, Face painters, Irish Dancers and more.
$30 Brunch Package 10am-1pm features Green eggs and ham, corned beef and spuds, biscuits & Gravy, Beer, Stouts, Bloody Marys and more... All Day Specials: $4 Green Bud Lights, $4 Jameson Shots, $5 Corned beef sandwiches, $6 Car bombs, and the NEW 4 person Shamrock Ski!!! And of course Karaoke noon-close.
On March 17 Brendan's will feature $4 Harp, corned beef sandwiches.
Opens 8am on March 17 with food and drink specials.
Opens at 10am on March 17, Green Beer, Green Jello Shot, $6 Bud Light and Rolling Rock mini pitchers, $9 Green Line and 312 mini pitchers, Shiner Dortmaunder $3 bottle.
F' O Mahoney's.
Irish Food Specials, $3 Green Miller Lite, $4 Harp, and $4 Jameson.
$2 Jello Shots, $4 Green Beer.
The Irish Oak will feature traditional St. Patrick’s Day pub fare and Irish brews on tap.
The Abbey, home to live music and Irish Grub, will feature an annual all-day St. Patrick’s Day festival of their own.
The Gage on South Michigan Avenue promises a contemporary American menu of Irish classics with a twist.
Other Irish pubs include: Poag Mahone’s, Timothy O’Toole’s, Kitty O’Shea’s, Emerald Loop, Temple Bar in Lakeview and Mrs. Murphy's & Sons Irish Bistro in North Center.
Chicago Neighborhood Tours presents Bridgeport.
Saturday, March 31.
The city’s historically Irish-American Bridgeport neighborhood comes alive, revealing a rich history that sheds light on its working-class past at Chicago Neighborhood Tours. The tour is a half-day motor coach excursionof the Bridgeport neighborhood. Excursions depart from the Chicago Cultural Center at 10 a.m. and can be booked at chicagoneighborhoodtours.com.