Chicago Saint Patrick's Day 2011: Top Places to Celebrate from the Parade to the Pubs.


Dyeing to Celebrate from Green Martini’s to Green Rivers.
Chicago, March 10, 2011. It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day–and once again Chicago is pulling out all the stops. The original St. Patrick’s celebration began in Ireland in the 1600s as a relatively quiet one-day break from Lent to honor their patron saint, Patrick, with feasting and alcohol. Four hundred and some years later the celebration has spread around the world with Chicago leading the pack with one of the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades, a tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green,  and a minimum of a week of parties to pay honor to the patron saint. See some of Show Me Chicago’s top picks below.

The Celebration Kicks Off on Saturday, March 12.
Dyeing of the Chicago River, Saturday, March 12, 2011.
This time-honored Chicago tradition is visible from the east side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the west side of Columbus Drive bridge and upper or lower Wacker Drive between Columbus Drive and Michigan Avenue. The river is dyed a very bright green that should remain that way throughout the day even if you sleep in for the actual dyeing event.  However it is most spectacular right after its initial dye job and with rain in the forecast for Saturday the water may be fading faster than usual. If you can’t be there to see it in person, check it out in the video. 10:00a.m. (approximately) Credit: mooser53.
The Parade, Saturday, March 12, 2011.
The 56th annual Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at Columbus and Balbo Drives, then the parade units will proceed north on Columbus Drive with the viewing stand located in front of Buckingham Fountain.  Noon.

Something for Everyone at These St. Patrick’s Events.

2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen, Sarah Gorecki.

Chicago Live! will host a St. Patrick’s Day Special with guests including Irish Singer/Musician Paddy Homan; former Irish Queen and “Chicago’s Irish Diva” Catherine O’Connell with newly crowned 2011 Queen, Sarah Gorecki; alt-country hero Robbie Fulks; and more. 

March 17, 6:30p.m. Downstairs at the Chicago Theater. Tickets, $20 available at the Chicago Theatre Box office. 175 N. State St. 312 462 6300.

The Irish Heritage Center is holding two celebrations:
Following the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 12, the Irish Heritage Centers will celebrate with a St. Patrick’s Festival.  This large-scale, family-oriented annual event includes traditional and contemporary Irish music, dance, food and children’s activities.  Performers include Tim O’Shea and Patrick Buckley, the Shannon Rovers, the Dooley Brothers, the Sandcarvers, the Sullivan Brothers, the Wiggleworms, Anish, Mulligan Stew, Sheila Tully Academy of Irish Dance, O’Hare School of Irish Dance, Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, Mullane Healy Godley Irish Dance Academy, the Irish Heritage Singers and a late night ceili.  Saturday, March 12, 1p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $15 for adults, or $12 for advance purchase if bought by the end of the day on March 10. 4626 N. Knox Ave. Children 12 and under are free. To purchase tickets, call 773-282-7035.

The Irish Heritage Center’s March 17th St. Patrick’s Day bash is a real bargain at $10 a head. Activities include Irish


dancing, traditional and modern Irish music and food. Performers include Tim O’Shea and Patrick Buckley, Sheila Tully Academy of Irish Dance, the Chancey Brothers, O’Hare School of Irish Dance, the Boils and Barry Fagan’s Band. 1p.m. to 11p.m. 4626 N. Knox Ave. (773) 282 7035. Free parking is available.

Stop into The Irish Oak for their St. Patty’s Day specials including $4 Green Beer‚ $5 Jameson Shots‚ and $6 20oz Guinness all day. Open at 8a.m. on Mar. 17th!  The celebration goes alll day, March 17.  3511 N. Clark St.

4. LUXBAR “LUX of the Irish” St. Patrick’s Day Party.
The LUXBAR party features live music, food and beer specials.  For a $10 donation to Misericordia, guests will receive a wristband and enjoy $2 Green Miller Light and LUX Lager, $2 Sliders and half price appetizers from a select menu. Entertainment features the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band and live Irish music by father-and-son duo The Jimmy and Seamus Boyle Band. Noon to 6p.m. March 12, 2011. 18 E Bellevue Place, 312 642 3400.

5. Jack’s Bar, You Can’t Drink all Day, If You Don’t Start in the Mornin’ Party.
 Lincoln Park hangout, Jack’s Bar & Grill, will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with “The Original You Can’t Drink All Day If You Don’t Start In The Mornin'” event.  The special 4-hour package includes a giant breakfast buffet, premium Bloody Marys, screwdrivers, and green domestic draft beer.  Tickets are $30.  2856 N. Southport Ave. Party, 9a.m. to 1p.m., Saturday, March 12.

6. R.J. Grunts Celebrates 13 Days of St. Patrick.
R.J. Grunts celebrate St. Patrick’s Day from March 10th straight through March 23rd. They will be offering special St. Patrick’s grub including a delicious Corned Beef Ruben Sandwich featuring tender corned beef piled high on toasted rye, topped with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and homemade dressing plus many other choices.  2056 N. Lincoln Park West, (773) 929-5363.


7. Go Green at Koi and Chen’s on St. Patrick’s Day.
Guests at these two spots will enjoy special GREEN menu items like Vegetable Dumplings ($4.95), Edamame ($4.50) and Green Tea Ice Cream ($3.95). Chens Chinese and Sushi, 3506 N. Clark St., 773 549 9100. KOI, 624 Davis Street | Evanston, 847 866 6969.

Cocktail specials at Chens on St. Patrick’s Day include $3 Sapporo Drafts, $3 Sake Bombs and Half Price Martinis ($4, usually $8).  3506 N. Clark St.

8. Chens St. Patrick’s Day GREEN Martini Class.
Chens invites Chicagoans and others to learn to make St. Patrick’s Day-themed Martinis at their GREEN Martini Class.   $20 per person includes lessons, samples and hors d’oeuvres plus a $20 gift certificate for use on your next visit. Tuesday, March 15, 6:30p.m. to 7:30p.m.

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  • Yay! Let's all get laid and inebriated!

    No mention of the liturgical holiday or the solemnity and holy day of obligation marking St. Patrick's death.


  • In reply to gwill:

    You are welcome to share any information you may have on this--I do know the Irish Heritage Center starts their St. Patrick's Day celebration with a mass for those who are interested.

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