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Chicago: A city that dyes its river green, hosts three Irish parades and celebrates St. Patrick’s Day like no other. Clearly committed to showcasing its strong Irish influence, it’s no wonder we are the “GREENest City in the World.”

 

The ShamROCK Chicago 2017 will protect the city’s title as the “Greenest City in the World” by lighting up Chicago for St. Patrick’s Day. From Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 19, iconic buildings, monuments and streets in the City of Chicago will light up green.

The Council

Brian O'Brien

Consul General of Ireland to Chicago

Billy Lawless

Restaurateur and Senator to Ireland’s Seanad Éirean

James F. Coyne

Chicago Downtown Irish Parade
Chicago Journeymen Plumbers’ Local 130, U.A.

Marlene Byrne

Celtic Chicago, Inc.

Rachel McCormac

Ireland Network Chicago

Ragnar Almqvist

Vice Consul General of Ireland to Chicago

Bernard McMullan

Tourism Ireland, New York

FR. Jack Clair

Misericordia Heart of Mercy

Bob McNamara

Catholic Extension

Jim Togher

Mulliganeers
Azteca Foods

Buildings

The following buildings will be lighting up GREEN in support of ShamROCK Chicago 2017

St. Patrick's Day Countdown

17
Days
14
Hours
200
Minutes
46
Seconds

Events

3.4 MULLIGANEERS ST. PAT’S FUNDRAISER

Join the Mulliganeers for a St. Patrick’s fundraiser at I.U.O.E. Union Hall, in Countryside to kick off the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Beginning at 6:30, the event will include dinner, drinks, live bands, auctions and raffles. The Mulliganeers is a non-profit organization, formed to raise funds for children in need and their families.

3.11 DOWNTOWN ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

The Downtown Chicago Parade begins at noon on Saturday, March 11. The parade will start at Balbo and Columbus. It will proceed north on Columbus Drive and the viewing stand will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain. If you can’t attend, watch the Parade as it is broadcasted LIVE this year by ABC-Channel 7.

3.11 DYEING THE CHICAGO RIVER

For over 40 years, the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union has turned the Chicago River GREEN in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Come and see the river turn a breathtaking green that is identical to the greens of Ireland from where it got its name “The Emerald Isle.” The dyeing of the Chicago River begins at 9:00 a.m. the day of the Parade. The best place to see the river GREENing is the intersection of Michigan Ave, Wacker Drive and the river.

3.11 GET LUCKY HALF MARATHON, 14K & 7K

Run by Team Ortho, the Get Lucky 7K, 14K and half marathon races all start east of the Soldier Field South Lot on the Lake Front Path. Runners are encouraged to wear their luckiest green gear and enjoy this early season race!

3.11 SHORELINE SIGHTSEEING ST. PATRICK'S DAY CRUISE

Cruise the green-dyed Chicago River either before or after the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and nab some tasty Irish grub with the tenth annual Shoreline Sightseeing St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruise. The 75-minute cruise of all three Chicago River branches features an Irish-style lunch buffet, full-service cash bar and a tour highlighting the role of the Irish in Chicago’s economic development. Three times are available: 10am, noon and 2pm.

Take a Shamrock Selfie around the city, and upload it with #shamrockchicago. ShamROCK Chicago will choose the GREENest Chicagoans and feature them on our Twitter & Facebook pages.

Tag your Selfie with #shamrockchicago

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