Just a couple blocks south of the river, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago welcomes “Irish” celebrants to our two outlets. Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen will feature Green Beer & Reuben Sandwiches and Mr. Brown’s Lounge – The Loop, proudly serves Guinness.
Saturday, March 11
Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade
After the Chicago river is dyed a murky shade of green, the city’s big, noisy, fun-filled homage to the Irish makes its way through Grant Park on Columbus Drive, with plenty of bagpipes, drum corps, Irish dancers and other merrymakers in tow. Because St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year, the parade will take place the Saturday before. Find the viewing stand filled with local dignitaries in front of Buckingham Fountain.*
Sunday, March 12
South Side Irish Parade
The city’s southernmost Irish celebration returns with another liquor-less procession along Western Avenue between 103rd and 115th street. In recent years, the event has attempted to shed its boisterous reputation, increasing the fine for open container violations so that families can safely enjoy the floats, bagpipes and marching bands.*
*Source: Time Out Chicago