St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun – 2013

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Put on some green because everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with your family by attending a parade, hunting for clovers, or watching a waterfall turn green. As always, it’s a good idea 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.

Ireland On ParadeGaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th Street, Oak Forest

  • March 1-17
  • Free admission

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

  • Friday, March 1 from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm & Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 am-9:00 pm
  • $7/person in advance, $10/person at event. Children 7 & under free.

Manhattan Irish Parade – Manhattan

  • Saturday, March 2 at 11:00 am

Oak Forest Fleadh and ParadeCicero Avenue between 151st & 159th Streets, Oak Forest

  • Saturday, March 9 from 8:30 am-3:00 pm

Elmhurst 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade – begins at Wilson Street & Spring Road, Elmhurst

  • Saturday, March 9 at Noon

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

  • Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 pm

Chicago’s South Side Irish ParadeWestern Avenue from 103rd Street to 115th Street, Chicago

  • Sunday, March 10 at Noon

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

  • Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 pm

Leprechaun HuntBartlett Nature Center, 2054 W. Stearns Road, Bartlett

  • Tuesday, March 12 from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
  • For ages 3-6
  • Hunt for gold coins, create a craft, and meet the Leprechaun
  • $12/person

Dyeing of the Pond – Fern Room at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 North Central Park, Chicago

  • Friday, March 15 at 10:00 am
  • Free

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

  • Friday, March 15 at Noon and 4:00 pm

Little LeprechaunsCantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Winfield

  • Friday, March 15 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.

Shamrock Shindig – Village of North Riverside, 2401 S. Des Plaines, North Riverside

  • Friday, March 15 from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Includes pasta dinner, sundae bar, bake sale, silent auction, raffles and children’s activities
  • $6/adult, $3/child, children 3 & under free

Clover HuntCentennial Park, 7800 W. 171st Street, Tinley Park

  • Friday, March 15 at 4:00 pm & 4:30 pm
  • 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 150 children. Event held rain or shine.

Clover HuntCentennial Recreation Center, 1776 W. Centennial Place, Addison

  • Saturday, March 16 at 10:00 am
  • Win a special gift if you find a 4-leaf clover

West Suburban Irish ParadeDowntown Naperville

  • Saturday, March 16 at 10:00 am

Clover HuntFounders Community Center, 140 Oak Street, Frankfort

  • Saturday, March 16 at 11:00 am
  • Ages 1-9

Dyeing of the Chicago River – Chicago River

  • Saturday, March 16 at 10:00 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.

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day ParadeNorth on Columbus from Balbo to Monroe, Chicago

  • Saturday, March 16 at Noon

St. Patrick’s FestivalIrish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Avenue, Chicago

  • Saturday, March 16 from 1:00 pm-Midnight
  • $15/adult in advance, $12/adult after March 14. Children 12 and under free.

Shamrock ScrambleBock Neighborhood Center, 1223 W. Sharon Lane, Schaumburg

  • Sunday, March 17 from 10:00 am-11:00 am
  • 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

St. Pat’s Day CelebrationIrish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Avenue, Chicago

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

How will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? 

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