Are you ready for St. Patrick’s day? The dyeing of the Chicago River occurs the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day, which will be March 16 in 2019. The dyeing is scheduled for 9 a.m. and is best viewed from the east side of Michigan Avenue, the west side of Columbus Drive, or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.
The downtown Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade also takes place the Saturday before the holiday. For 2019, it kicks off at noon on March 16 at Balbo and Columbus streets. The parade units will proceed north on Columbus Drive and the viewing stand will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain.
The South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade usually occurs on the Sunday before St. Patrick's Day, but because St. Patty's Day falls on a Sunday in 2019, it will be held the day of the holiday (March 17). The South Side parade will step off at noon from 103rd Street and proceed down Western Avenue to 115th Street. The family-friendly event has a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol along the parade route. #happystpatricksday #stpatricksday #chicago