Your Guide to a Chicago-Style St. Paddy's Day
Buckle in, because St. Patrick’s Day isn’t far away. On March 16, Chicago will celebrate the holiday with the annual river dye, parades, and of course, endless bar crawls. Maybe you’re looking for an excuse to let loose next Saturday or just want to have a fun start to your finals week (because let’s be real, it’s not like you’re actually studying for that Metrics final…)
A bar crawl in Wrigleyville, a youthful and lively neighborhood, is definitely going to be a hotspot for the weekend. Organized as the Chicago Shamrock Crawl, the event starts at 8am (because the early bird gets the beer??) and ends around 2pm. $30 will get you a wristband for $5 beers at bars such as Casey Moran's, Country Club, Deuce's, HVAC, John Barleycorn, Merkle's, Moe's Cantina, Nola, Old Crow, Roadhouse 66, Sandlot, Stretch, and many more. It also includes a pre-party ticket for a free drink at Public House! As required of the best events, a t-shirt is included in your package. Find out more here.
If you’re more about partying in the city, $20 can get you into the River North’s St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl, and the list of bars participating is enough to make you want to pick this one. From 8am to noon, bars like AceBounce, Celeste, Hubbard Inn, Point and Feather, Theory, and Tunnel will give you free admission and exclusive drink deals. Watch the river turn green and enjoy the live music, bagpipers, and stilt walkers. Rumor has it, even leprechauns will be present! More info here.
Maybe River North is a little too much for you and you have a burning desire to mingle with DePaul students. Look no further, because the Lincoln Avenue bars will be open as early as 8am so you can enjoy festivities such as party packages, green beer, and corned beef stations. While not necessarily as organized as the previous locations, Lincoln Park has numerous bars offering their own unique deals for the holiday. Read more here to find out what’s best for you.
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