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St. Patrick's Day in Chicago at Silversmith Hotel

There's nothing quite like St. Patrick's Day in Chicago when the windy city's Irish pride is on full display. In March, Irish taverns are packed with revelers, jovial crowds fill the city streets, and the Chicago River glistens brilliant shades of emerald green. From boisterous pub crawls to lively parades, Downtown Chicago transforms into an exciting destination for tourists. Just steps away from the epicenter of the festival's top attractions, Silversmith Hotel offers a premier choice for those seeking out the best St. Patrick's Day happenings. Explore Chicago St. Patrick's Day events and indulge in a wee bit o' fun in the heart of the windy city.

Chicago St. Patrick's Day Events

  • Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade

    Location - The parade starts at Balbo and Columbus and continues north to Monroe.
    Taking place the Saturday before the holiday, the parade kicks off at noon. The parade units will proceed north on Columbus Drive and the viewing stand will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain, which is a quick walk from Silversmith Hotel.
  • Shamrock Shuffle

    Location - Grant Park
    Partake in one of Chicago's best running events, with the world's largest timed 8k course that weaves its way through Chicago's Loop. Runners feel the energy of over 30,000 runners and a big cheering crowd.
  • The Chicago River Goes Green

    Location - The intersection of Michigan Ave, Wacker Drive & the river
    In honor of a 40-year-old tradition, the city dyes the Chicago River on St. Patrick's Day, celebrating Irish culture. Watch the river turn a breathtaking green color, which represents the green color of the verdant hills of Ireland.


  • What time is the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Chicago?

    The Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at noon, but the festivities start with the dyeing of the Chicago River at 9 am. Make sure to arrive a bit early and grab a spot in front of Buckingham Fountain, where dancers and bands pause to wave to the crowd.
  • How long is the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Chicago?

    The parade will happen "rain or shine" and typically lasts about three hours. After the festivities are finished, be sure to stick around to explore everything that the Loop has to offer or make your way to some of the best Irish pubs in the city.
  • What hotels overlook the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Chicago?

    The Silversmith Hotel Chicago Downtown is located just minutes away from the St. Patrick's Day Parade and is an ideal spot for tourists who enjoy entertainment. Get a taste of the city's biggest cultural tradition with special deals, at our Chicago hotel.
  • What should I wear for St. Patrick's Day in Chicago?

    Deck yourself in any green attire of your liking, if you want to avoid getting pinched! If you're feeling festive, embrace the Irish culture and try a leprechaun costume or anything covered in shamrocks. Most importantly, wear some comfortable shoes for an eventful day.
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