┬áSources: City of Chicago, Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Guide to downtown St. Patrick’s Day parade, Chicago River dyeing

St. Patrick’s Day revellers will descend on the Chicago River and Grant Park Saturday, March 16, for the annual greening of the river and parade. After the river takes on its neon hue around 9 a.m., the blarney heads to Grant Park where hundreds of floats and marchers, horses and dogs will travel up Columbus Drive. The grand marshal? Terry Hancock, president of Teamsters Joint Council No. 25.

The dyeing of the river

  • When: 9 a.m., Saturday, March 16
  • Where: Chicago River between Columbus Drive and Wabash Avenue. In 2018, the area extended west to State Street.
  • Watching: Along the river on either side


The parade

  • When: Noon, Saturday, March 16
  • Where: Parade starts at Balbo and Columbus drives and proceeds north on Columbus to Monroe Street.











  • CTA: Extra service on Red, Blue, Green, Purple and Orange lines. The No. 6, No. J14, No. 124 and No. 146 buses will be rerouted.
  • Road closures: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Balbo Drive from Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive, Columbus from Balbo Drive to Monroe Street.

Sources: City of Chicago, Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade