St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and those in the Windy City are gearing up for the raucous event. In Chicago, that means a green Chicago river and insane celebrations, from the Old Town Triangle to the Southport Coriddor and everywhere in betwee.
The history surrounding many of the traditions of St. Paddy’s Day in Chicago is fascinating; why not take part in the celebration this year?
Of course, your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations should be handled responsibly. Choosing reliable transportation for your day of revelry and celebration is the first step to having the safest, most enjoyable time possible. We trust that you’ll celebrate St. Patrick’s Day safely!
To help get you in the St. Patrick’s Day mood, we’ve compiled a few facts about the history of St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago.
The Bigger Picture
Irish-Americans comprise the majority of the population in Chicago, and have for many decades. This strong Irish population has created a history and legacy surrounding St. Patrick’s Day that lives on to the present.
St. Patrick’s Day began as a religious feast for the patron Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. The Irish people have been celebrating this important holiday for over 1,000 years, and the people of Chicago carry on many of those traditions today.
Dancing, drinking, playing music, making merriment with friends and family and enjoying the finest foods are just a few of the St. Patrick’s Day traditions that Chicagoans observe each year on March 17. Of course, there are other traditions that are exclusive to Chicago itself…
Dyeing the Chicago River Green
The dyeing of the Chicago River is perhaps the most well-known, and internationally famous, of Chicago’s St. Paddy’s Day traditions.
+ The tradition of dyeing the river green began decades ago, when some area plumbers realized that the orange dye they used to detect chemical leaks turned the river water a perfect shade of Irish green.
That happy accident led to a tradition that has lasted for over 50 years.
Fittingly, the Plumbers Local Union in Chicago is charged with dyeing the Chicago River its famous St. Paddy’s Day green every year, a feat they accomplish by dumping 40 pounds of green vegetable dye into the body of water and mixing it in with motorboats.
The green colors persists for around 5 hours on St. Patrick’s Day, giving the good people of Chicago a festive sight as they go about their celebrations.
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a Chicago pub crawl has been a favorite tradition of many visitors and resident Chicagoans for many years.
There are a ton of great Irish pubs in Chicago to help keep the fun rolling throughout your St. Paddy’s Day this year.
Some of the most notable spots include:
You can try some traditional Irish foods and sample the beers on tap, tip back a Guiness, a black and tan, or enjoy a nice shot of Guinness. Get an Irish coffee, indulge in the cuisine, and make sure you wear green.
Safety First, Every Year
Above all, the most important tradition to observe on St. Patrick’s Day this year is safety. Revelry and celebration, indulgence and fun with friends and family, are so much more enjoyable when you’ve arranged for safe transportation to and from your destinations.
OML Worldwide wishes you a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day, filled with dancing, traditional Irish music, a trip to the green Chicago River and all the food and drink your heart desires.
Consider booking car service to ensure that your St. Patrick’s Day ends as enjoyably as it began, with safe transportation waiting to take you home at the end of the night.