News Release
City Services

March 14, 2014

ST. PATRICK'S DAY Events This Weekend Impact DownTown, South And North Sides Of Chicago; OEMC Emphasizes Safe Celebrations

Large Crowds Expected for St. Pat's Parades on Saturday and Sunday

OEMC Media Affairs    312.746.9454

While this weekend highlights several St. Patrick's Day events in Chicago, with large crowds and increased activity to the downtown, south side and north side areas, the Office of Emergency Management and Communications reminds the public to be aware of the traffic impacts and to abide by public safety policies for the enjoyment of all.


2014  Chicago Saint Patrick's Day Parade & Dyeing of Chicago River – Saturday, March 15, 2014

On Saturday, Chicago hosts the annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade, which steps off at noon on Columbus at Balbo and proceeds north to Monroe.  Over 1 million spectators are expected in the area.  The annual Dyeing of the Chicago River, which begins at 9:30 a.m., is held in conjunction with the St. Patrick's Day parade and requires possible street closures on Wacker from Michigan to Columbus.  Street closures for the parade can begin as early as 8:30 a.m. or as necessary and include Columbus from Roosevelt to Randolph and east/west streets in those boundaries.  Lake Shore Drive or State Street remain the recommended alternate routes for any Columbus closures.  For more information on handicapped parking, getting to the parade and other details, visit  or for public transportation, see the CTA website at

South Side Irish Parade, Sunday March 16, 2014

On Sunday, the South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade, includes marching bands, floats, and Irish dancers and a one-mile run - the Emerald Isle Mile - from Kennedy Park, 11200 S Western Ave to 10400 S Western.  The South Side Irish Parade steps off at noon from 103rd Street and Western and proceeds south on Western to 115th Street.  Parking restrictions in the area begin as early as 6:00 a.m. on Sunday.  Those driving and parking in the area are urged to read signage before parking.  Expect street closures along the route as well as staging areas from 95th Street as early as 9:00 a.m.


Northwest Side Irish Parade, Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Northwest Side Irish Parade on Sunday assembles at 10:00 a.m. at William J. Onahan School at 6634 W. Raven St.  The Parade kicks- off at noon and proceeds south onto Neola, north on Northwest Highway to Harlem.


As always, public transportation is recommended.  Traffic Control Aides (TCA's) will be present to assist with traffic.  For public safety, the zero-tolerance policy for open containers of alcohol on the public way along parade routes is strictly enforced.   


Chicagoans and visitors are urged to enjoy these and all events responsibly.  Although extreme weather is not expected for the weekend, participants and spectators should dress for weather conditions and always heed any warnings given, as well as be alert to surroundings.


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