March 8, 2018

Chicagoans Encouraged to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Events Safely and Responsibly

South Side and Northwest Side Irish Parades this Weekend on Sunday, March 11;

River Dyeing and Downtown Parade will be held Next Weekend on Saturday, March 17 

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) reminds participants, spectators and residents to enjoy the various Chicago St. Patrick’s Day events safely and responsibly over the next two weekends. Chicagoans should expect large crowds, street closures and traffic impacts throughout the city as a result of the events.

“While residents and visitors enjoy celebrations throughout Chicago, we want to remind folks to be considerate of the communities near the events,” said OEMC Executive Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau, “It takes all of us to watch out for each other to make these events successful.”

OEMC will be monitoring activities and weather conditions, as well as deploying traffic control aides to facilitate traffic. As always, public transportation is encouraged. Public drinking is prohibited and will be strictly enforced for the safety of all. The public is urged to remain vigilant and be cognizant of surroundings, especially in crowded areas. If you notice something suspicious, notify on-site security or call 9-1-1.

South Side Irish Parade on Sunday, March 11
The South Side Irish Parade is always a popular event, attracting thousands to the Western Avenue area, with over 100 units participating in the parade of marching bands, floats and Irish dancers. The parade steps off at noon and continues on South Western Ave. from 103rd Street to 115th Street. Parking restrictions in the area begin as early as 6:00 am on Sunday, but anyone parking in the area that day should read signage before parking. Street closures along the parade route as well as the staging areas begin as early as 9:00 am. For more information, visit the website at
Immediately before the parade at 11:30 am, the Emerald Isle Mile, a one-mile run, will take place from Kennedy Park, 10400 S. Western Ave. to 11200 S Western Ave.

Northwest Side Irish Parade on Sunday, March 11
The Northwest Side Irish Parade on Sunday assembles at 10:00 a.m. at 6634 W. Raven St. The parade steps-off at noon on Raven (Onahan School) and proceeds to Neola, then to Northwest Highway and disbands at Harlem Ave. Get additional parade safety tips and more at

The Dyeing of the Chicago River and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 17
The dyeing of the Chicago River begins at 9:00 am along Wacker Drive from Michigan Ave. to State St. The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at noon at Columbus Ave. and Balbo Drive and proceeds north to Monroe. Expect street closures as early as 8:00 am including Columbus Ave. from Roosevelt Road to Wacker Drive and east/west streets in those boundaries. Lake Shore Drive or State Street can be used as an alternate for these closures. For more information on accessible parking, getting to the parade and other details, visit or for public transportation information, visit the CTA website at

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