The heavily celebrated St. Patrick’s day in Chicago brings all types of events to the Windy City. This year the holiday is celebrated on Saturday, March 15 and we’ve compiled a rare list of St. Patrick’s Day events that don’t take place in a bar. Check out these family friendly options if the crowded bar scene is exactly what you’re trying to avoid.
Family Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Events in Chicago 2014
- Celebrate the Dying of the Chicago River Green. Each year nearly 400,000 people watch the beautiful Chicago River turn vivid green with 45 pounds of eco-friendly vegetable dye. The best part about this attraction? It’s free to watch! This year the dying of the river takes place on Saturday, March 15 at 9:30 AM near Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.
- Take a Shoreline Sightseeing Boat Tour. This popular St. Patrick’s day option takes place Saturday, March 15 at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The cruise costs $49 per person and includes a 90 minutes river tour as well as a traditional Irish buffet and a Guiness or Irish coffee. Purchase tickets.
- Attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Downtown. On Saturday, March 15 at 12:00 PM you can see one of the largest St. Patrick’s day parades in the country. The free parade starts on Columbus Drive, flows through Grant Park and ends on Monroe Drive. More details.
- Experience True Irish Traditions at the St. Patrick’s Day Festival. Following the St. Patrick’s Day Parade approximately 10,000 visitors will experience Irish music, dance, food, children’s activities and vendors at the Irish American Heritage Center Saturday, March 15. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for children 12 and under.
- Participate in the St. Paddy’s Day 5K & 8K Run/Walk. This active way to celebrate St. Patrick’s day features a run/walk along the lakefront and a fun post-race party with a costume contest. Register now.