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The Luck of the Irish

Our Hotel’s Near St. Patrick’s Day Events

Shamrock shuffling and parade viewing

Go green for St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, where the Chicago River turns an emerald hue in celebration of Irish culture. This year’s Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on the day itself, March 17. It starts in Grant Park and features marching bands, dance teams, bagpipers, festive floats, and much more. If you want to honor the holiday in a more active way, the kickoff to Chicago’s running season begins with the Shamrock Shuffle, an 8K run (or 2-mile walk) that starts and ends in Grant Park, giving you a great flavor for the city as the route weaves through downtown Chicago.

Tips for Attending

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

  • The river only stays green for a handful of hours, so don’t delay sneaking a peek! Good spots to see it are on the east side of the Michigan Avenue Bridge, the west side the Columbus Drive Bridge, and along the banks of the Chicago Riverwalk (the greening goes from State Street to Columbus Drive).
  • There are viewing stands for the parade at Buckingham Fountain.

Shamrock Shuffle

  • If you can’t make it to packet pickup beforehand, a friend can pick up your packet if he or she has your confirmation email.
  • Wheels aren’t allowed (except for registered wheelchairs), so leave the strollers, skateboards, and rollerblades behind.
  • Look for aid stations at Mile 1.6 and Mile 3.6.
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Getting There

The start line for the Shamrock Shuffle in Grant Park is just over half a mile from Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago. Walk there as your warm-up! The parade also begins in Grant Park.

mussels and crispy frites

Drinking & Dining

After the Shamrock Shuffle, celebrate a morning well spent with a good meal and an ice-cold beer after finishing your 4.97 miles. Rest your legs at Fisk & Co., where mussels and crispy frites are waiting to reward you.

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Green with Envy

Just how do they turn the Chicago River green? The recipe is a secret, but organizers insist that the formula has been tested by independent chemists and deemed safe for the environment.