St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and there are plenty of events in and around the Chicago area to celebrate the holiday. From parades and performances to special dispensations from the Archdiocese of Chicago, there's something for everyone.
Parades and Performances:
The Willis Tower Skydeck is hosting a St. Patrick's Day celebration with performances by the Trinity Irish dancers and Joe the Bagpiper. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m.
Crown Point, Indiana is holding its St. Patrick's Day parade on Friday night, featuring floats covered in lights, bagpipers, and Irish dancers. Vendors will also be selling traditional Irish items and food before the parade.
If you're looking for a laugh, head over to “The Den” in Wicker Park for “Shamrock Shenanigans.” The event features Irish stand-up comedians and takes place in three performances on Friday night.
Myths and Facts:
Did you know that St. Patrick actually wore blue, not green? Learn more about the history of St. Patrick's Day and other myths and facts in our special feature.
The Archdiocese of Chicago is not granting dispensation for parishioners who wish to eat corned beef on Friday. However, the Archdiocese is making an exception for those celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Catholics who find themselves at an event where meat is served may indulge in good conscience if they practice another form of penance or significant act of charity that benefits the poor.
ABC7 Chicago will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a live parade special, so be sure to tune in and join the fun.
With so many events and celebrations happening in and around the Chicago area, there's no excuse not to get into the St. Patrick's Day spirit. So, put on your greenest outfit and get ready for a day of parades, performances, and more