There’s no place that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day quite like Illinois and Chicago is no exception. From the city to the surrounding towns, Chicago is green with Irish spirit – which isn’t surprising considering that the Irish comprise one of the largest ethnic groups in the city.
The city’s famous skyline also joins in with the fun with skyscrapers illuminated in green throughout March. Visitors from all over the world descend on Chicago for the weekend-long celebration to revel in the Irish festival spirit and see the river in all its emerald glory.
Another famous and fun-filled celebration takes place in downtown Elmhurst, located just west of Chicago. The city hosts an annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which has grown over the years to become the second largest parade in the greater Chicago area.
Elmhurst’s annual event features the usual elements that you would expect at a carnival parade, including floats, marching bands and lots of outlandish costumes. However, the events that follow are anything but ordinary! Leprechauns, clowns, jugglers, and bagpipe players add a special twist to proceedings. In addition to the parade, the fun continues with live music, food stalls, and plenty more entertainment.
If you’re on Route 66, make sure to stop in Springfield for their 30th Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade. This year’s theme is “Rock the Blarney”, which brings unusual vehicles, floats, marching bands to downtown.
Why not pack your favourite green T-shirt and come to Chicago or one of the towns in Illinois to join in with the craic on March 17th!
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Emily joined My America Holiday in September 2014 and writes about new holiday ideas and exciting destinations for the website (all of which adds to her ever present wanderlust). New York is one of her favourite cities in the world and her American dreams include driving all the way along Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica in an open top Chevy and catching the Coast Starlight train from LA to Seattle: As far as she’s concerned, it’s all about the journey.