Is Chicago the best city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Is Chicago the best city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
The view of the Chicago river dyed green from Raised

Is Chicago the best city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Those of us who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago already know the answer.

YES! Of course, it is.

Now there’s proof. With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner and at least $5.9 billion expected to be spent for the holiday this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub just released its report on 2018’s Best Cities for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations.

To determine where the best parties are, WalletHub compared 200 of the largest U.S. cities across 17 key metrics, ranging from Irish pubs and restaurants per capita to the lowest price for a three-star hotel on St Patrick’s Day.

No surprise, Chicago, just as we already knew, is ranked overall at #1.


Here’s why (with a little help from Show Me Chicago):

  1. There’s no other city who can dye a river green the way Chicago does. Many have tried but none have succeeded.
  2. Chicago is  103rd in its % of Irish Population (this stat shouldn’t really count, since on St. Paddy’s day everybody’s Irish).
  3. Chicago is number 4 out of 200 cities for their Irish Pubs & Restaurants per capita (but pretty sure that  we are first for having the coolest and most authentic pubs).
  4. We are 16th for our access to bars (I can’t imagine that anyone would have a problem accessing a bar in Chicago)
  5. Chicago is 1st  for St. Patrick’s Day Parties & Festivals per capita–no argument here.
  6. We are 24th for average price of St. Patrick’s Day Party Ticket. 
  7. Chicago is 43rd for Average Beer Price. 
  8. We are 103rd for our weather on St. Patrick’s Day–but hey, it could be worse–97 cities in the survey actually have worse weather.
The perfect Guinness has a lot to do with the way it is poured

The perfect Guinness has a lot to do with the way it is poured

Here’s a little St. Pat’s trivia to keep the conversation going as you down your Guinness:

  • 819% is the increase in Guinness consumption on St. Patrick’s Day compared to the rest of the year (152.5% more beer is sold overall).
  • $1.3 million is the market value of a leprechaun’s pot of gold.
  •  $5.9 billion is  the amount that will be spent collectively on St. Patrick’s Day 2018 ($40 per person celebrating).
  • 33.1 million is the number of Americans who claim Irish ancestry, second only to German and 7x Ireland’s population.
  • It takes 45 lbs. of dye to turn the Chicago River green.
  • 1962 first year the Chicago River was dyed green.

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