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TIME, MAP, and TRANSPORTATION for Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Parade

This year’s 80 degree weather  will bring the city of Chicago to life with Fun things to do!!  

After the 5k in Naperville, some friends and I are”racing” down to the city to see the green river and to watch the parade!!  Oh..And then the Art Museum!!  It should be an AWESOME day!!  I also think I found a new favorite color in GREEN thanks to picnick!!!  

Have a great time and BE SAFE!! At the bottom of this link, shows public transportation be sure to click on it to view the options.    

The parade starts at Balbo and Columbus. The parade units will proceed north on Columbus Drive and the viewing stand will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain.

Dyeing the Chicago River

10:00am: Saturday March 17th.

Scheduled for 10:00 am, Saturday March 17th, the dyeing can be best viewed from the East side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.

Public Transporation

Highly Recommended!

We strongly recommend that you come downtown early and if possible take public transportation.

via St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


Come Visit Us On Saturday for the “Naperville St. Paddy’s Day 5K”


This weekend a few of us from Avenue Mortgage have decided to run the Naperville 5k together!!  My first “outdoor” race since the foot surgery!  If you will be there feel free to comment and let us know where you will be and we get a picture of you for the blog!! 





Here is the info and link below:


The Race begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. and will follow the St. Patrick’s day parade route thru scenic and historic downtown Naperville. It will be run prior to the parade. It will begin and end at the corner of Jackson and West Streets.


Those registering prior to the race will receive a Technical Running Shirt in either men’s or women’s sizes. All registrations must be completed online prior to Race day.


This is a measured 5K Chip Timed Race. A disposable timing chip will be issued to all registrants. The course will be limited to 2200 registrants. Walkers and Runners are welcome. Awards will be provided.

For the 2011 Race Results, click here. The race results are posted on this website shortly after the race.


Dogs, skates, skate boards, bicycles, scooters, or regular strollers will NOT be allowed. However, RUNNING STROLLERS will be allowed.


Gear Check will be available near the race Start/Finish line for participants to store their gear during the 5K.


After the run, a 5K party will be held for all registered participants and sponsors inside a tent near the Finish line. Food, drinks, and Green beer will be served.


Advance Packet Pickup is available for your convenience (More>>>)

6:30 – 7:30AM: Day of race packet pickup. Race Day registration is not available.

8:00AM: Run Start time

9:00AM: Course is cleared in preparation for the St. Paddy’s Day Parade

8:30 – 10:00AM: Post St. Paddy’s Day Run celebration for all participants

9:30AM: Awards and times posted, Cash awards will be provided immediately after the run.

10:00AM: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, hosted by West Suburban Irish (More>>>).


We have partnered with Winged Foot Foundation (WFF) in the collection of new or used running shoes. WFF will clean and distribute the shoes to assist student athletes in the Chicago area. Bins for shoe donations will be available during advance packet pickup at the Naperville Running Company and on race day at the information area and at Gear Check.


Visit City of Naperville Website for downtown parking locations and tips. For more course information, click here.


via St. Paddy’s Day 5K.


Chicago River Turns Green for St. Patrick’s Day 2012: Best Places to View

Only in Chicago.

On Saturday, March 17, 2012, Chicago will continue its 50-year-tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day. Many have tried to copy Chicago, but none have managed to perfect the brilliant shades of emerald green that makes the river the centerpiece of Chicago’s celebrations.

If you’re dyeing to do something a little different for this year’s St. Pat’s Day, which promises to be picture perfect, head to the Chicago River for this spectacular event.

What You Need to Know Before You Go.

It all started back in 1961 when Stephen Bailey, Business Manager of the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union #110, was

discussing plans with a colleague for the 1962 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. During the meeting, Bailey was approached by a plumber who was wearing coveralls that were originally white but had been stained the perfect shade of Irish green by the dye used to detect leaks in the Chicago River. Immediately, Bailey asked why couldn’t this dye be used to turn the river green for St. Patrick’s Day. After some testing and research…the tradition was born.

From Then to Now.

The first year, 1962, one hundred pounds of dye was used to keep the river green for a week. The second year, 1963, the amount was cut to 50 lbs. and the river stayed green for three days. The next year the dye was reduced to 25 lbs. which keep the river green for a day.

In 1966, when environmentalists threatened to end the tradition by claiming that the oil-based dye was ruining the river, the committee went back to the drawing board. After experimenting with a number of vegetable dyes, they put together today’s formula that uses 40lbs. of environmentally-friendly dye to keep the river green for four or five hours.

It’s Magic.

When you first see the dye, you’ll notice it’s orange color. Then after a moment or two you’ll see the transformation to green magically appear.

Best Viewing Spots.

Best locations for the general public to view the dyeing of the river are: the east side of the Michigan Avenue Bridge; the west side of the Columbus Drive Bridge, and upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. Plan on arriving by 10a.m.

Get High in the Sky.

Trump International Hotel & Tower is re-introducing its St. Patrick’s Day Skyboxes in conjunction with the dyeing of the Chicago River green and the parade. Located on the 17th Floor, with a bird’s eye view of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and the city’s historic architecture, the Skyboxes can accommodate up to 40 people with the choice of either a breakfast or lunch package featuring traditional, gourmet Irish fare.

OR Rebar, the Trump Hotel’s mezzanine-level lobby that overlooks the Chicago River will be offering a prime viewing location along with their signature Shamrockatini cocktail, to fill St. Patrick’s Day revelers with the “Luck o’ the Irish.”

via Chicago River Turns Green for St. Patrick’s Day 2012: Best Places to View. | Show Me Chicago.



Years ago when the South-side Irish parade occurred I always missed it for some reason..   This year Chicago brought back this amazing event, and AGAIN I won’t be able to make it.  That doesn’t mean that I can let all you fun people know that it is tomorrow. 









Let me know your stories!!

Have a great time!!!



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