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St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago is a magical time, there’s no doubt about that. There’s a reason why Chicago was named the best city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and so many people come to the city to enjoy the atmosphere for this fun holiday. If you haven’t made plans yet, it’s coming up quick! Here are some suggestions for events and destinations to check out to make this a memorable St. Patrick’s Day.
Remember, safety is always important, especially when it comes to your transportation after enjoying drinks. Professional transportation is advantageous because you can rent it for a block of time and enjoy multiple destinations without worrying about shuffling through ride shares or having to designate a driver for the night. Here’s more information on party buses in Chicago.
This year, Chicago’s River will be dyed on Saturday, March 16th. Below are a few bars in Chicago to add to your St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl.
St Patrick’s Day Booze Cruise
1:30PM – 4:30PM
at Anita Dee II Boarding at Dusable Harbor
You can’t go wrong boarding a three story yacht for a nice ride along Lake Michigan for St Patty’s Day. The ticket admission includes live entertainment, dancing, giveaways, and a free drink. St. Patrick’s Day Booze Cruise tickets range from $60 to $99, and there are also discounted group rates if you have ten or more people.
St Patrick’s Day River North Bar Crawl
9AM – 10PM
222 W Ontario Street
This is the sixth annual bar crawl featuring seven bars in the River North area including Clutch, Concrete Cowboy, Cuvee, Bottled Blonde, Tunnel, Joy District, and Liqrbox. Tickets for this River North Bar Crawl include a commemorative shirt, lanyard, and wristband along with drink specials at each venue on the tour. There will be live DJ’s at each venue as well.
Chicago Shamrock Crawl
8AM – 2PM
at various bars downtown
Some of the bars included in this crawl include Casey Moran’s, HVAC, Old Crow, Charm’d Bar, HVAC, John Barleycorn, Country Club, Deuce’s, Roadhouse 66, Moe’s, Redmond’s, Merkle’s, Shakers, Trace, and more. There will be $5 specials at all of the bars that are included, and a pre party at Public House on March 15 with a free drink for ticket holders. Find out more about the Chicago Shamrock Crawl.
Tap O’ The Morn
8AM – 11:30AM
at Public House Chicago
Start your St Patrick’s Day celebration early at this event! There will be mimosas, well cocktails, green bud light, and your very own stein. They’ll be serving up delicious bites such as mini breakfast sandwiches, Irish nachos, and macaroni and cheese cups. Tickets range from $35 to $60.
I hope you have a great time! St. Patrick’s Day is one of the best days in Chicago (probably because it’s been too cold to function or go out for months).
Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.