Lake Michigan will be Green on March 17th!

Sláinte! No city in the world does St. Patrick’s Day quite like Chicago. With its green river, green beer, and week long schedule of festivities, you won’t find a richer, greener celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this side of Ireland. Chicago’s St. Paddy’s Week kicks off Sunday, March 11th, 7:00 p.m. at the Chicago Irish American Heritage Center with Irish Dance Chicago. Over 150 local step dancers will hoof it Riverdance-style. Or check out Gaelic Storm Friday & Saturday, March 11th & 13th at the House of Blues. Made famous as the Celtic party band in the film Titanic, Gaelic Storm returns to Chicago with their lively medley of Irish drinking songs.

In a singular tradition, the Chicago River will be dyed Kelly Green on Saturday March 17, starting at 10:00 A.M. The best place to view this year will be between Columbus and Wabash. The Parade begins at noon on Saturday, March 17th. Head to the Buckingham Fountain Viewing Stand to see floats, bands, bagpipers, dancers and this year’s Irish Queen and her court. Post-parade, the Irish American Heritage Center puts on a family-oriented festival featuring Irish dance, music and food, as well as children’s activities. This year’s lineup includes Ireland’s Tim O’Shea & Patrick Buckley. And later that day don’t miss the St. Patrick’s Day Fireworks,a 10-minute pyrotechnic show on theChicagolakefront, synchronized to traditional Celtic tunes and modern Irish music.

On Wednesday, March 16th, 7:30 p.m. Chicago’s Symphony Center hosts “Make Them Hear You,” Celtic entertainment with a narration by actor, Martin Sheen, and stirring performances by Metropolis Symphony Orchestra, Old St. Patrick’s Concert Choir and Trinity Irish Dancers & Vocalists.

Of course, when St. Patrick’s Day finally arrives you’ll want to check out Chicago’s brilliant pubs. You’re likely to find a legit Irish pub on just about any corner. But for the best in corned beef, cabbage and beer, try one of these:

Avondale: Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant, 3471 N. Elston.

Beverly: Keegan’s Pub, 10618 S. Western.

Gold Coast: Butch McGuires Tavern, 20 W. Division.

Lincoln Park: Halsted Harp, 2138 N. Halsted.

River North: Celtic Crossings, 751 N. Clark.

River North: Fado Irish Pub,100 W. Grand.

Streeterville: Lizzie McNeill’s 400 N. McClurg.

And to nurse your hangover next morning, Chicago has a superabundance of superb breakfast and brunch joints, coffee shops and quiet, dimly lit cafés. So let ‘er rip.

WHERE TO STAY: Towering above the Chicago skyline lies the Trump International Chicago Hotel. As North America’s 2nd tallest building, the 5 star hotel will make you feel luxurious during any stay. With floor to ceiling windows, many of which face Michigan River, it is the only hotel with unprecendented views of the St. Patrick’s Day river event! Book with us now for complimentary upgrades.

The Hotel Palomar, a Kimpton Hotel is only a few blocks from the River event and is a favorite among our clients. Enjoy creative cocktails on-site at Sable Bar and Restaurant, made famous by their in-house mixologists. This 4.5 star hotel includes a heated indoor pool and sundeck and fitness center, and is eco and pet-friendly.

Hotel Sax Chicago is a 4 star hotel is located on State Street and the Chicago River, one block from the Chicago Loop and next to the world-famous House of Blues. Visit their Crimson Lounge for enchanting nightlife offering bottle service, DJ-driven music beats, and a diverse cocktail menu.

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