St. Patrick’s Day Family Events 2016

St. Patrick's Day Family Events 2016Everybody is Irish on St. Patty’s Day so don some green and embrace the luck of the Irish hunting for clovers, attend a parade, or watch a waterfall turn green. I do my best to provide accurate, up-to-date information, but it’s always best to call first to verify information as details can change and events can be canceled. 

We attended the dyeing of the waterfall at Lake Katherine in past years – click here to find out about our experience and see some fun pictures.

Manhattan Irish Fest – Manhattan Park District Recreation Center, 397 S. State Street, Manhattan

  • March 4 & 5
  • $7/person in advance, $10/person at event. Children 7 & under free.

Ireland On Parade – Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th Street, Oak Forest

  • March 4-17
  • Free admission

Oak Forest Fleadh and Parade – Cicero Avenue between 151st & 159th Streets, Oak Forest

  • Saturday, March 5 from 8:30 am-3:00 pm

Manhattan Irish Parade – Manhattan

  • Saturday, March 5 at 11:00 am

Elmhurst 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade – begins at Wilson Street & Spring Road, Elmhurst

  • Saturday, March 5 at Noon

Clover Hunt – Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street, Frankfort

  • Saturday, March 5 at Noon
  • FREE
  • Ages 2-8
  • Registration is not required.
  • Clover hunt, prizes

Forest Park St. Patrick’s Day Paradebegins at Madison & Van Buren, Forest Park

  • Saturday, March 5 at 1:00 pm

Tinley Park Irish Parade – Begins at Central Middle School, 18146 Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park

  • Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 pm

Clover Hunt – Centennial Park, 7800 W. 171st Street, Tinley Park

  • Friday, March 11 at 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
  • FREE
  • Ages 3-5 at 4:00 pm, ages 6-10 at 4:30 pm
  • Prizes given to children who find the special clovers. Treat bags distributed to the first 100 children in each age group. Event held rain or shine.

Dyeing of the Chicago River – Chicago River

  • Saturday, March 12 at 9:00 am
  • Dyeing can be viewed from the East side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Avenue bridge, or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Avenue.

West Suburban Irish Parade – Downtown Naperville

  • Saturday, March 12 at 10:00 am

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade – North on Columbus from Balbo to Monroe, Chicago

  • Saturday, March 12 at Noon

St. Patrick’s Festival – Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Avenue, Chicago

  • Saturday, March 12 from 1:00 pm-Midnight
  • $12/adult in advance, $15/adult after March 10. Children 12 and under free.

Chicago’s South Side Irish Parade – Western Avenue from 103rd Street to 115th Street, Chicago

  • Sunday, March 13 at Noon

Shamrock Scramble – Bock Neighborhood Center, 1223 W. Sharon Lane, Schaumburg

  • Sunday, March 13 from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
  • Snack, craft, and clover hunt. Each clover gets a treat; 4-leaf clover wins a special prize.
  • For ages 1-6 years old.
  • $5/residents, $7/non-residents. Registration required.

Dyeing the Waterfall Green – Lake Katherine, 7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights

  • Thursday, March 17 at Noon and 4:00 pm

St. Pat’s Day Celebration – Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Avenue, Chicago

  • Sunday, March 17 from Noon to 10:00 pm
  • $10/person. Children 12 & under are free.

Little Leprechauns Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Winfieldfollow

  • Thursday, March 17 from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
  • For ages 3-5 with parent
  • Includes stories, craft, and a special treat
  • $10/child, free parking. Registration required.

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