Chicago: A city that dyes its river green, hosts three Irish parades and celebrates St. Patrick’s Day like no other. Clearly committed to showcasing its strong Irish influence, it’s no wonder we are the “GREENest City in the World.”


The ShamROCK Chicago 2016 will protect the city’s title as the “Greenest City in the World” by lighting up Chicago for St. Patrick’s Day. From Thursday, March 10 through Thursday, March 17, iconic buildings, monuments and streets in the City of Chicago will light up green.

The Council


Consulate General of Ireland


Tourism Ireland, New York


Chicago Downtown Irish Parade
Chicago Journeymen Plumbers’ Local 130, U.A.


Celtic Chicago, Inc.


Misericordia Heart of Mercy


Catholic Extension


Azteca Foods


The following buildings will be lighting up GREEN in support of ShamROCK Chicago 2016

St. Patrick's Day Countdown



1.17.16 Irish Parade Queen Contest

The 2016 Irish Parade Queen will be chosen at the finals on Sunday, January 17. The Queen and her four-person court represent the Chicago Irish community at the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and other civic, neighborhood, parish, and Irish events in Chicago. The final event is held in the Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium at the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Hall in Chicago.  Contestants may apply until January 12, 2016.

2.20.16 Ireland Network Ball

The Ireland Network’s Annual Black Tie Ball will take place on Saturday, February 20 at The Drake Hotel, a historic hotel in downtown Chicago. This event, which begins with a champagne reception at 6 p.m., attracts Irish and Irish Americans from all across Chicago’s broad spectrum of business, government and civic institutions, including prominent members of the Chicago Irish community. The Annual Ball serves as Ireland Network Chicago’s key annual fundraiser for global and local charities of choice, Concern Worldwide, founded in Ireland, and the Chicago Irish Immigrant Support, a social services organization serving Irish immigrants in need in the Chicago area.

3.5.16 Mulliganeers 21st Annual St. Pat's Party

Join the Mulliganeers for a St. Patrick’s Celebration at I.B.O.E. Union Hall in Countryside to kick off the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The event will be held from 6:30 p.m.–midnight, with mass at the hall starting at 5:45 p.m. The Mulliganeers is a non-profit organization, formed to raise funds for children in need and their families.

3.14.16 Dyeing the Chicago River

For over 40 years, the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union has turned the Chicago River GREEN in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Come and see the river turn a breathtaking green that is identical to the greens of Ireland from where it got its name “The Emerald Isle.” The dyeing of the Chicago River begins at 9:30 a.m. the day of the Parade. The best place to see the river GREENing is the intersection of Michigan Ave, Wacker Drive and the river.

3.12.16 Downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Downtown Chicago Parade begins at noon on Saturday, March 12. The parade will start at Balbo and Columbus. It will proceed north on Columbus Drive and the viewing stand will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain. If you can’t attend, watch the Parade as it is broadcasted LIVE this year by ABC-Channel 7.

3.13.16 South Side Irish Parade

The 2016 South Side Irish Parade will be Sunday, March 13. The parade will step off at noon from 103rd Street and proceed down Western Avenue to 115th Street. The 2016 Emerald Isle Mile, sponsored by Running Excels, begins at 11 a.m., just prior to the start of the Parade.

3.10 – 3.17 The SHAMROCK Chicago GREENing

In the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, see Chicago buildings and icons light up GREEN in support of the fun. Individual Chicagoans can join the celebration—and be featured on ShamROCK social media pages—by taking a GREEN Selfie with #shamROCK beginning Friday, March 1. ShamROCK Chicago will choose the GREENest Chicagoans and feature them on social media.

Take a Shamrock Selfie around the city, and upload it with #SHAMROCK beginning March 1st. Each day, SHAMROCK Chicago will choose the GREENest Chicagoans and feature them on our Twitter & Facebook pages.

Tag your Selfie with #SHAMROCK