Family-Friendly Things to Do for St. Patrick's Day 2021

By Debra Flanagan, Macaroni Kid Chicago Northside March 12, 2021

My daughter just informed me that St. Patrick's Day is the equivalent of Christmas to her, so I went on a desperate search of things to do to celebrate!


Chief O'Neill's St. Patrick Fest 

Live entertainment, outdoor seating 

March 13th & 14th, no cover, ages 12+

March 17th, $10 cover, ages 21+

Harp & Fiddle, Park Ridge

Experience the Trinity Irish Dancers performance. 

“Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all month long with the Trinity Irish Dancers! All Trinity performances will showcase a blend of power and grace, featuring lively music, complex rhythms, and dancers as young as 3.5 who will melt your heart as they take the stage for the first time. At all of our Trinity performances, the audience is encouraged to get on their feet and learn the Irish Jig!”

March 12th at 5:15, March 13th at 11:15 AM, March 13th at 5:15 PM

Free entry and family friendly

Fleetwood Skating Rink St. Paddy's Day Skate  

Free slice of pizza and free sparkly ring if you wear green

March 17th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Admission $7

Skate rental $4

Leprechaun Carnival

Indian Hill Park, Winnetka

Come on out to the luckiest carnival around for a chance to win fun prizes! You never know when luck will strike.

All games are kid-friendly. Children will play the games at their own pace and receive a prize after completing all games. The event will be held outdoors, so please dress accordingly. A maximum of 50 participants per time slot allowed.

All ages

March 20th

$40 non-residents, $20 residents


The Disco Tree

Free light display

Winona & Paulina, Edgewater

Shamrock My Block

Drive around Beverly and Mount Greenwood neighborhoods and check out their home decorations. 


Norwood Park Luck of the Irish Scavenger Hunt 

Grab your family or friends and take an Irish adventure through Norwood Park. Complete challenges throughout the neighborhood to unlock points. Prizes will be rewarded to the Top Teams!

March 12th - 14th

Glenview Parks Pot of Gold Scavenger Hunt

Families will travel by car to 6 park district locations, where you’ll answer questions, find clues, participate in a quick family challenge, take a family photo and gather prizes along the way. At one of the locations, you will receive a take-home cookie kit for the whole family! Masks must be worn at all locations to pick up clues or complete scavenger hunt tasks.

March 13th, 9:30am - 10:30am

Fee (R/NR): $35/$44

The Forge: Lemont Quarries St. Patrick's Weekend Scavenger Hunt

Liam the leprechaun has been living at #TheForgeLemontQuarries since the late 1840s. He hid his legendary treasure 💰here and kept it safe for over 170 years. 

A few days ago, a bunch of goblins 👹 found its secret location and stole it! Help Liam the Leprechaun retrieve his gold through a digitally enhanced scavenger hunt. Solve puzzles, answer riddles, and save Liam’s treasure from those pesky goblins before time runs out! 

Be sure to book your spot for this family friendly activity in the hunt for Liam's gold today! To book, visit:

March 19th - 21st

Tickets are $30 per team (up to 6 people per team), and space is limited.

Dive Right In Scuba St. Paddy's Day Coin Hunt  SOLD OUT

Join The Swim Advantage at Dive Right In Scuba- Orland Park for a lucky leprechaun coin hunt in our indoor 89 degree pool! Reserved private 30 minute swim times. 

Enjoy hunting for the lucky coins in the pool and turn in your loot for a goodie bag from a festive staff member afterwards!

Feel free to bring your own buckets to collect coins in. This event will be lifeguarded and life jackets rated for 30-90 pounds are available at no extra charge (please feel free to bring your own as well.)

March 17th, 1:00pm-1:30pm and 2:00pm-2:30pm 

Admission for this event is $5 per person 


Wild Fire St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef Plate

March 16th & 17th 

Get in the St. Patrick’s spirit!  Enjoy our Corned Beef & Cabbage Plate and Chocolate Stout Cake. The specials will be available for dine-in and carry-out after 3:00 PM on Tuesday and all day on Wednesday. 


Kids Table, Bucktown

“Calling all Lads & Lassies! Get a head start on St. Patrick’s Day & join us as we cook up some of our favorite themed recipes. Drop in for a virtual cooking class – just $18 for a 1 hour class or $35 for our 2 hour Supper Club.

St. Paddy's Day Chocolate Cupcakes, Potato Rosemary Pizza, Potato Leek Soup, Cheddar Irish Soda Bread

March 8th - March 13th