Family-Friendly Things to Do in Chicago for St. Patrick's Day 2023

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By Debra Flanagan, Macaroni KID Chicago Northside March 1, 2023

This Guide has been sponsored by Trinity Academy of Irish Dance

Join Trinity Academy of Irish Dance for 2 Spring Camps on the Chicago Northside at the Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N. Knox Ave,)
Mondays, April 3rd through May 22nd, 3:30-4:15pm REGISTER TODAY!
Wednesdays, March 29th through May 24th, 5:00-5:45pm 

With my daughter being a Trinity Irish Dancer, St. Patrick's Day is a huge season for us. In fact, she will be performing at many of the events below. Come join us!


The Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade and River Dying
March 11th, 12:30pm (River Dying at 9am)

Northwest Side Irish Parade
March 12th, 12pm

Southside Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 12th, 12pm - 3pm


Chief O'Neill's St. Patrick Fest 
Live music, Irish dancing (including the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance), and Irish food buffets
March 1st, 4th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th and 18th

Edison Park Irish Sunday Funday
Edison Park is turning green on Sunday, March 5th! Come and support our local businesses. From live Irish music to green deals, you won't want to be anywhere else!
March 5th 

The Forge: Lemont St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Join the shenanigans for free live music and entertainment, a full schedule of complimentary workshops, plenty of activities for the kids, and of course, delicious, Irish food & beverage! And of course, The Trinity Academy of Irish Dance will be there!
March 18th, 12pm-6pm

Harp & Fiddle, Park Ridge
See the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance
March 16th and 17th, 7pm

Irish American Heritage Center St. Patrick's Fest
It's the return of the Irish American Heritage Center St. Patrick's Festival! The festivities follow the downtown parade and are packed with traditional and contemporary Irish music, dance (including the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance), food and drink for purchase, children’s activities - including Wiggleworms performances, and an Arts and Craft Fair, with vendors selling Irish gifts. Tickets are $20 for adults, ($15 in advance), and children 12 and under are free.
March 11th, 1pm-11pm

The Shaughraun at The Athenaeum
Set in the West of Ireland in 1866, The Shaughraun follows the comical, dramatic, and outlandish adventures that arise when the young Irish gentleman, Robert Ffolliott, is framed as a rebel and captured by British officers. Conn, the town shaughraun (“vagabond”), helps orchestrate Robert’s escape, and the British soldier Captain Molineux pursues his escaped prisoner, following him to the small Irish town of Suil-a-beg. Complications arise when Molineux finds himself madly in love with Robert’s sister, Claire, and she, though hesitant, shares his affection.  After a string of betrayals, brawls, romances, and red herrings, in the end our main characters are met with marriage, arrest, and the edge of a cliff.
March 9th - April 2nd

Shake Your Shamrock at Norwood Park Train Station
Come for the family fun before the St. Patrick's shenanigans begin! Entertainment includes the HeadSpin Guy an awesome break dancer with a light show. There will be cocktails, glow sticks, snacks it's a family fun event. No coolers or personal food and drinks allowed.
March 18th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Skydeck Chicago
Visit Skydeck Chicago, the thrilling observation deck at Willis Tower, to enjoy performances by the Trinity Irish Dancers and a traditional Bagpiper, 1,353 feet above the city. The attraction recently underwent an extensive redevelopment, which encompasses the attraction’s lower level, delivering a brand-new interactive museum that celebrates the unique personality, history, neighborhoods, and sites of Chicago.
March 17th, 11:30am-2:00pm

St. Patrick's Day Family Fun Bash at Whirlyball
Activities: WhirlyBall, Bowling, LaserTag**, and Pop-Up Games. Pivot Room Lunch Buffet: Cheese, Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza, Pretzel Bites, Mini Quesadillas, Mac & Cheese Bites, Freshly Baked Cookies. Fountain drinks included.
March 11th, 10am-2:30pm

St. Patrick's Day at Gallagher Way
Enjoy traditional, live Irish music and Irish dance performances by the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, as well as kid-friendly entertainment like face painting, balloon artists, a magician, and other arts & crafts! While you’re shamrock-ing and rolling to authentic Irish music, make sure you grab a glass of our green beer, Irish coffee, hot chocolate, or specialty cocktails to sip on while playing your favorite lawn games on the green space.
March 12th, 11am - 4pm


Charm'd, Lakeview
The Magical Irish Pop-Up is an enchanting, over-the-top, multi-room, multi-level magical Irish experience. Featuring wall-to-wall Irish decor, lucky charms, multiple bars, social photo-ops, festive menu, and a whole lot of leprechaun mischief! Charm'd is 21+ after 11pm and on March 4th and 11th, otherwise, you can definitely bring the kids and they will love it.
Thru March 31st

Kids Table, Bucktown
Menu: Green Pea Scallion Risotto and St Paddy's Day Cupcakes
This class is for ages 2 and up. Parent/caregiver participation is required (at least one parent/caregiver needs to register with the child(ren)).
$30/family member
March 3rd, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Land and Lake, Ravenswood
Don your best St. Patrick's Day green and head to Land & Lake Ravenswood for a traditional feast. All weekend long, they'll be offering Corned Beef Hash with Breakfast Potatoes for breakfast/bunch and a Reuben Sandwich with Fresh Cut Fries as their lunch/dinner special. Plus, 312 Draft (Rotating Handle) will be only $4.
March 17th-19th

Wild Fire St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef Plate
Get in the St. Patrick’s spirit!  Enjoy the Corned Beef & Cabbage Plate and Chocolate Stout Cake. The specials will be available for dine-in and carry-out after 3:00 PM on Thursday and all day on Friday.
March 16th and 17th


Glenview Parks Pot of Gold Scavenger Hunt
Families will travel by car to many 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 craft kit for the whole family! 15-minute timeslots from 10am. Event will last approximately 1 hour.
Fee (R/NR): $35/$44
March 11th, 10am - 

Faeries & Monsters Youth Event at Redline VR
Face painting, Kid Karaoke, Fairy Photo Opp, and more. Costumes encouranged.
March 18th, 3pm-6pm

The Forge: Lemont Quarries St. Patrick's Weekend Scavenger Hunt
Liam, the Lemont Leprechaun has been living these quarries ever since coming to Lemont from Ireland with his relatives to help build the I&M Canal. Last year, Liam’s legendary gold treasure was stolen by some naughty leprechauns. Thankfully, many helpful treasure hunters banded together to find and recover it. To get back at Liam, the leprechauns we arrested last year teamed up with a twisted Irish banshee who cast a spell on Liam, causing him to forget the location of his enchanted Golden Pickaxe! **This activity is included with the Explorer Day Pass (only $40) if you are looking for a day of fun!**
Tickets are $30 per team (up to 6 people per team)
March 18th and 19th, 11am-5pm


The Disco Tree
Free light display
Winona & Paulina, Edgewater

Go Get Your Luck On!