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 2019 will protect the city’s title as the “Greenest City in the World” by lighting up Chicago for St. Patrick’s Day. From Monday, March 11 through Sunday, March 17, 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

Bernard McMullan

Tourism Ireland, New York

FR. Jack Clair

Misericordia Heart of Mercy

Bob McNamara

Catholic Extension

Jim Togher

Azteca Foods


The following buildings are some of our amazing participants who will light up GREEN in support of ShamROCK Chicago 2019.  

United Center
United Center

St. Patrick's Day Countdown




Cruise the green-dyed Chicago River and enjoy some breathtaking architecture. The 75-minute cruise of all three Chicago River branches features a tour highlighting the role of the Irish in Chicago’s economic development. The date is TBD.


Join the Mulliganeers for a St. Patrick’s fundraiser at I.U.O.E. Union Hall to kick off the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. 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. The date is Saturday, March 2nd at 6:30pm.

3.16 ST. PADDY'S DAY RUN, 5K & 8K

The St. Paddy’s Day Run, formerly known as the Leprechaun Leap, begins in Lincoln Park on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 9:30am and ends with Irish music, entertainment, and refreshments throughout the Irish American Heritage Center. The best costumes get prizes.


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 9am the day of the Parade, Saturday, March 16, 2019. The best place to see the river GREENing is the intersection of Michigan Ave, Wacker Drive and the river.


The Downtown Chicago Parade begins at noon on Saturday, March 16. 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.


After the big parade on Saturday, March 16, enjoy this family-oriented celebration filled with Irish music, dance, food, activities, and Irish gifts for sale at the St. Patrick’s Festival at the Irish American Heritage Center.


An old favorite returns to Chicago’s South Side with a focus on family and Irish heritage. The Beverly neighborhood parade steps off at noon on Sunday, March 17 from 103rd Street and proceeds down Western Avenue to 115th Street. Line the route with 150,000 fellow revelers to watch the bands, dance troupes and parade.


The Northwest Side Irish Parade starts at 12:00 noon on Sunday, March 17.  The parade winds through the Norwood Park neighborhood, beginning at William J. Onahan School, running south on Neola Avenue to Northwest Highway, then heading north on Northwest Highway up to Harlem Avenue. Enjoy this fun-filled community event that celebrates faith, family and Irish heritage.


Run by Team Ortho, the Get Lucky 7K and 14K 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! The date is March 17th, 2018.


The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle is one of Chicago’s best running celebrations! The Chicago tradition continues the St. Patrick’s Day celebration and kicks off the spring running season in Chicago on Sunday, March 24.

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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