Things To Do in Chicago on St. Patrick's Day

Posted by Leo Clark. on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 at 8:03am.

Although the dyeing of the Chicago River green and many of downtown’s annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities took place this past weekend, there's still plenty of celebrating left to do in case you happened to miss out. Here's a list of St. Patrick's Day related events happening all throughout March 17th, or better known as St Patrick's Day 2015!

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Irish American Heritage Center

Taking place from 12 noon all the way up until 10 PM,  there’s no better way to experience authentic St. Patrick’s Day celebration than to make your way over to the Irish-American Heritage Center for their annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Life music, Irish dancers, and colorful face-painting make this event fun for the whole family.

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As a clever way to promote Chicago being the “greenest” city in the world, ShamROCK Chicago was launched back in 2012 in order highlight and celebrate the strong Irish influence that’s felt all over the city, especially on a day like today. Part of the ShamROCK Greening event is to illuminate some of downtown’s most iconic buildings and monuments in GREEN lighting, so get out there and take your own photos and videos of all the “green” that’s on display through St. Patrick’s Day. There will also be a video celebration of all the GREENing and individual participants on the Block 37 building every night from March 13th through the 17th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  

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Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840

Starting today and running through June 7th at the Art Institute of Chicago is a brand new installation that focuses on decorative and fine art from 18th century Ireland. A ribbon cutting ceremony with bagpipers and special guests will take place at 10 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, and the expensive collection has pieces from more than 24 of Ireland’s 32 countries.

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