Chicago is gearing up for St. Patricks Day which is Monday, and the river is being dyed green as we speak!! They are pouring 45 pounds of vegetable dye to color the water between Columbus and Wacker drive. You can check out the river dying best on 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.
Parade - Where and When
Noon: Saturday March 15th.
Our Downtown Chicago Parade begins at 12:00 noon, Saturday March 15th.
Dyeing the Chicago River
10:00am: Saturday March 15th.
Scheduled for 10:00 am, Saturday March 15th, 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.
We strongly recommend that you come downtown early and if possible take public transportation.
The following are directions to the parade using various public transport methods:
- Blue or Red Lines:
If you are on the "Blue" or "Red" line, please exit train at any of the loop stops and walk east to Columbus Drive.
- Brown, Green or Orange Lines:
If you are on the "Brown", "Green" or "Orange" lines then exit at any of the stops along Wabash and walk east to Columbus Drive.
If you are coming in on Metra, exit Union Station and walk 7 blocks east to Columbus Drive.
For specific bus route information contact the CTA for best instructions to downtown Chicago.
The following are driving directions from various areas in Chicagoland:
- From North or Northwest:
Enter downtown Chicago via I-94, you can exit and go east at Washington, Monroe or Congress Pkwy. Look for parking either at Wells or Wabash.
- From West:
Take 290 east onto Congress Pkwy. Look for parking before you get to Michigan Ave, there will be plenty on your right.
- From South or Southwest:
Take 94 into the loop, exit at Congress Pkwy, Monroe or Washington. Look for parking at Wells or Wabash.
If you need more specific driving directions try the Google Map link below. Simply enter your address into the 'Starting Address' section on the left of the Google Map page. The center of the parade route (400 S. Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois) will be entered for you.
Google Directions to Parade
For Handicapped parking needs, your best bet may be the underground parking below Grant Park, enter on Columbus at Randolph. There is parking at the Hilton located at Balbo and Michigan, one block from start of parade.
Additional parking can be found along Wells between Lake and Van Buren. Parking can also be found along Wabash between Lake and Congress. (This is closest to the actual parade route.)
There is additional parking at Navy Pier which places you about a half mile from the parade route. Be advised that The Flower and Garden Show is also Navy Pier taking place the same week as the parade.
Parking near Randolph places you nicely between the river dyeing and the parade route.
Parking fees can range from $20.00 to $60.00 depending on the lot. We do not have specific pricing information. These prices are estimates only. Your costs may vary