Dyeing the Chicago River green is a Saint Patrick's Day tradition that has lasted for more than 50 years. Chicago does the Irish proud. Watching the river turn emerald green is a magnificent sight, and the beautiful color is in keeping with Ireland's nickname, the Emerald Isle. It's also refreshing to know the feat is accomplished with no threat to the environment. This St. Patrick's Day tradition never loses its charm or excitement, and people look forward to seeing it every year. The best places to view the river dyeing are: the East side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. The dyeing event begins at 9:30 a.m. and the green color only lasts about five hours.
Chicago has wonderful parades to commemorate St. Patrick's Day. At noon Saturday, March 14, the downtown Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade kicks off at Balbo Avenue. The South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade takes place on March 15, spans Western Avenue, beginning at noon on 103rd Street and proceeding down to 115th Street. Reigning queens of Irish ancestry are chosen each year for each parade and the 2015 colleens have already been crowned.
For individuals who love a good run, there are two marathons preceding each parade. On March 14th, Lincoln Park's St. Paddy's Day 5K and 8K start off the holiday weekend and are followed by Irish entertainment and refreshments in the park before and after the run. The Emerald Mile Run takes place on March 15th before the parade and is a one-mile race that awards the top female and male runners who finish first.
Aside from enjoying the marching bands, bagpipers, Irish step dancers and festive floats in the parades, the Irish and Irish-for-a-day can party together at celebrations like Kegs and Eggs. McFaddens opens at 7:00 a.m. with its Kegs and Eggs buffet, serving breakfast and beer for the staunch colleens and lads who are "a plannin' to party hearty." If you're serious about your partying, you can even go on the Chicago Party Boat for the St. Patrick's Day Booze Cruise, which lasts from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 14th.
With all the good fun and merriment, you can also ensure safe travel through U.S. Coachways' limos or party buses. We are an environmentally minded company and take pride in the fact that our vehicles help reduce carbon emissions. Don your green clothes and hats and travel green too. We offer 10% discounts when booking $1,000 or more. Call 1-855-606-4361 and mention when booking your trip.