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St. Patricks Day in Chicagoland 2022

This year the dying of the Chicago River is back!!! There are so many fun parades and events as well as local businesses to support!




West Town Bakery

  • Chicago
  • Green glazed donuts, shamrock cookies, Irish soda bread, and luck bug cake are available for preorder until 3/14!
  • Pssst! Hey moms and dads, you can actually preorder their green jello shots with gold leaf until 3/10!

Pretty Cool Ice Cream

  • “The Shamrock Pop is back! Minty and green, this pop has a hint of vanilla mirroring the flavor of that shake we all know and love. A green white chocolate shell brings a sweetness to the pop that balances the cool peppermint perfectly. Order yours today for pick up or delivery, or visit the Logan square shop!”


  • Chicago
  • The Mint Oreo Gelato Shake is available throughout March!


RJK Productions

  • Downers Grove
  • “You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy this family fun and delicious St. Patrick’s Day Activity. We love our Breakable Chocolate Shamrock with a variety of candy surprises inside: pop rocks green candy, gold & green coins and St. Patrick’s Day necklaces.”










Rebecca’s Cakes By Design

  • Bartlett
  • St.Patrick’s Paint & Eat Cookies
  • Irish car bomb cupcakes
  • Cookie decorating kits




Stan’s Donuts and Coffee

  • Emerald Dipped Donuts! Chocolate on the outside and green on the inside!
  • There’s also green mint hot chocolate and green, cold, foam beverages.



  • Preorder from the latest Stephanie Izard establishment!
  • Shamrock Shimmy cookies
  • St. Patty’s Day cookies
  • St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes
  • Lucky Cereal Cake


JoJo’s Shake Bar

  • The St. Patrick’s Day Specialty Menu is available March 7th – 20th!
    • Get Lucky Shake – Andes Mint Chocolate Shake Topped With A Rainbow Sugar Cookie, Pot of Gold Dodo, and a Green Chocolate Covered Pretzel
    • Lucky Charms Hot Chocolate – Topped With A Chocolate Marshmallow, Clover S’more, And Green Chocolate Covered Pretzel



Vanille Patisserie

  • Chicago
  • St. Patricks Day cake pops, sugar cookies, cupcakes, lucky charm macarons, and more!
  • Also a DIY cookie decorating kit!


XO Marshmallow

  • There are so many St. Paddy’s Day treat options, I don’t know how you guys will possibly choose!!
    • Vanilla shamrock shaped marshmallows
    • Irish coffee marshmallows
    • Irish cream dream bars
    • Pistachio marshmallows
    • Mint chocolate chip marshmallows
    • Lucks O’Charm frozen drink
    • Shimmy It Up mint hot cocoa


Premo’s Ice Cream

  • Oak Lawn
  • Enjoy a Lick of the Irish cone
  • St. Paddy’s Day Shakes
    • Dropkick Murphy
    • Sheleighly
    • Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow
  • A Guiness Sundae for adults is available!



State of Play Kids

  • I love the rainbow Windy City and Midwest designs as a fun, subtle, celebration for St. Patrick’s Day but still perfect for Easter, spring, and all year round!











Fizzy Magic Bath Fizzies

  • Symbols of Luck Box Collection
    • 5 fizzies + 2 bonus items = Lucky #7
    • All fizzies contain surprises that represent symbols of luck!
  • My kids absolutely ADORE these bath bombs made by a local mama! She ships anywhere though so don’t let distance stop you!
  • “Educational Bath Fizzies – Fun, Fizz & Learn!. Pure & Safe Ingredients with essential oils to calm kids before bedtime but best of all – each fizzy contains a surprise, clue to guess and fun fact to learn along with bedtime story relates to the surprise.”
















  • Need a green shirt to wear? March is Women’s History Month so why not support both?!
  • Our picks for green tees to wear are the Rosa Parks tee, the Jane Goodall tee, and the Wilma Rudolph tee!
  • Use code HELEN20 for your discount!











Brainy Day Box

  • Have your leprechaun leave a little educational fun for your little one! Mini sizes available as well!


Hopscotch City

  • Download this adorable Lucky Charm Printable and snag the cutest garland for your mantle!


Mama & OG

  • Don’t be jealous, we scored this awesome St. Patrick’s Day kit before they all sold out!
  • Just a not so subtle hint to follow this amazing small shop so you can score all the themed drops in time!






Colors of Chicago Virtual Story Time

  • Last year we had a VERY special guest read a special book to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The extremely talented Irish dancer, Morgan Bullock, read us the children’s book “Irish Dancer: Oireachtas” by Katherine Monahan.
  • Make sure to purchase a copy and enjoy our story time video!



Visit Givin’s Irish Castle

  • Givins Irish Castle is at the corner of 103rd Street and Longwood Drive in the Beverly neighborhood on the Far South Side of Chicago.
  • “The current church building, called the “Irish Castle” was built from 1886 to 1887 under the direction of Robert C. Givins, a successful real estate developer. It is a three story structure with three crenelated towers. Givins lived in the castle from 1887-1894, then from 1895-1897 the castle housed the Chicago Female College. Beverly Unitarian Church purchased the building for $14,000 and has used it since 1942. It is the only building in the city described as a “castle.”


Glen Ellyn St. Paddy’s Day Concert

  • March 5th at 2 PM
  • Glen Ellyn Historical Society
  • Enjoy the music stylings of singer-songwriter-actor Rick Pickren as he celebrates the joyful wearing ‘o the green. He will treat us to many of the traditional Irish songs, including Danny Boy, My Wild Irish Rose and When Irish Eyes are Smiling.


Forest Park Parade

  • March 5th at 1 PM
  • The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. from Madison and Van Buren and travels east on Madison to Elgin.


Elmhurst Parade

  • March 5th at noon
  • Marching off from Wilson St & Spring Road heading North, Ending at the railroad one block South of St. Charles Road in front of Silverado Grill.


Lemont Parade

  • March 5th at 1 PM
  • Parade Route:  Stephen Street south to Main Street, then west on Main Street to the Lemont VFW Hall.  There will be refreshments, entertainment and fun at the VFW Hall following the parade.


Tinley Park Irish Parade

  • Sunday, March 6th.
  • “The Tinley Irish Parade is returning this weekend! Come out at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 6 to watch dozens of floats, performances, walking groups and more march north down Oak Park Avenue from Central Middle School to 171st Street in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.”


Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade & River Dyeing

  • Saturday, March 12th at 12:15
  • The parade will be processing down Columbus Rd between Balbo and Monroe.
  • To view the dying of the river, except a packed crowd along the riverwalk and bridge between State and Columbus.


St. Patricks Fest

  • Saturday March 12th from 1 PM – 11:30 PM at the Irish American Heritage Center
  • “It’s the return of the Irish American Heritage Center St. Patrick’s Festival! The festivities follow the downtown parade and are packed with traditional and contemporary Irish music, dance, food and drink for purchase, children’s activities – including Wiggleworms performances, and an Arts and Craft Fair, with vendors selling Irish gifts. Visit the Library, Art Gallery and Museum for programming and exhibits and a used book sale. It’s everything you remember and more! Tickets are $17 for adults, but $15 for members, and children 12 and under are free. 2022 tickets will be limited, so please take this opportunity to purchase your tickets!”


St. Charles St. Patrick Celebration

  • Saturday, March 12th
  • The opening ceremony at 1st St. Plaza consists of an Irish Dancing Performance at 10:30, followed by roaming bagpipers.
  • The parade begins at 2 PM down Main Street!


Naperville Parade

  • Saturday, March 12th at 10 AM
  • Downtown Naperville


Southside Irish Parade

  • Sunday, March 13th at 12:00 PM on Western Ave between 103rd & 115th St.


Northwest Irish Parade

  • Sunday, March 13th at 12:00 PM
  • Begins at Neola Ave & Raven St and continues down Northwest Highway


The Harp & Fiddle

  • Park Ridge
  • March 11th – 13th











Ballydoyle Family Day

  • March 12th Aurora location
  • March 13th Downers Grove location
  • “St. Patrick’s Family Day is a way to celebrate the greatest of Irish holidays in a way that is fun for all ages! We’ll have Irish Brunch, Irish Dancers, Live Music, and Craft Kits for all the wee ones. Capacity will be restricted to ensure social distancing and a safe environment to celebrate with your family. This is a seated event and patrons will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis – so come early! There is a $2 ticket fee for this event, you MUST pre-register.”


Fourth of July Celebrations and Fireworks Displays near Chicago, IL

Celebrate Independence Day in Chicagoland

with one of these parades, firework displays,

or community celebrations! There are so many 4th of July Celebrations around Chicago!

Downtown Chicago

Irving Park Fourth of July Parade

  • July 4th at 10 a.m
  • Independence Park, 3954 N. Springfield Ave.

Grant Park Independence Day Music Festival

  • “A Grant Park Music Festival tradition! Bring your family and friends to the lakefront for an evening of patriotic favorites, along with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue featuring 16 year old pianist, Emily Bear. Christopher Bell conducts.”
  • You will not be able to fully see the fireworks from Jay Pritzker Pavilion but you can walk towards the lakefront for the 9:30 pm fireworks after the concert is over at 8:45.

Navy Pier Fireworks

  • Miller Lite presents fireworks at Navy Pier at 9:30 pm.

Windy City Ribfest

  • Begins noon July 4th – July 6th
  • 4800 N Broadway St
  • “Beyond the flavorful offerings of top local and national ribbers and cool summer tunes, this popular three-day fest also features arts & crafts plus an activity area for kids and families.”


5:00 PM: Fourth of July Celebration

  • Celebrate the 4th at the Aurora Municipal Center
  • 5:30 American Legion Band
  • 7:10 Bruce in the USA
  • 9:05 City Dance Party
  • 9:35 Fireworks
  • Food trucks and vendors on site
  • Aurora Train Station Commuter Lot will be available for parking


5:00 PM: July 4th Sky Concert Fireworks

  • Food vendors open at 5 pm
  • The Blind Roosevelts play at 6 pm
  • Batavia Community Band plays at 8:15 pm
  • Fireworks begin at 9:30
  • Main Street and Millview Drive in Batavia



3:00 PM: Fourth of July All American Celebration

  • 3 pm is the official start time
  • 4 – 7 pm is the BBQ buffet
  • Gina Glocksen Band & Semple Band
  • 9:25 pm is the National Anthem and fireworks display

Downers Grove

1:00 PM: 4th of July Parade

  • Steps off at Main and Grant Street and heads south to Warren Avenue

9:30 PM: Fourth of July Fireworks

  • The villages of Downers Grove, Woodridge, and Darien host this years fireworks display at 75th Street and Lemont Rd.


9:00 AM: Parade

  • Parade starts at Slade & Douglas and ends at Douglas and Highland

9:00 PM: Fireworks

  • Festival Park. 132 S. Grove Ave.


9:00 AM: Playground Activities

  • The Let’s Play Mobile Recreation Trailer will begin at 9:00 AM at Foster Park Field and will travel to Beck Park at 11 a.m.
  • Family playground activities will take place starting at 9:00 AM at six Evanston locations. Follow the link for more specific info!
  • The fun activities include pie eating contests, Frisbee, sack races, and more!

12:45 PM: 4th of July Kids Fun Run

  • Register online or on race day by noon.
  • The run begins at Ackerman Park

2:00 PM: Evanston 4th of July Parade

  • Begins on Central Street at Central Park Avenue and travels east to Ashland Avenue

7:30 PM: Concert and Fireworks

  • The Palatine Concert Band will perform from 7:30 – 9 pm
  • Arrington Lakefront Lagoon at Dawes Park.

Glen Ellyn

12:00 PM: 4th of July Parade 

  • Begins on Ellyn Avenue and makes its way west on Crescent Blvd before turning north on Main Street.
  • After the parade, go to Lake Ellyn Park and enjoy the Independence Day festivities. Inflatables, penny carnival games, face painting, and more!

9:00 PM: Fourth of July Fireworks

  • Grab your blanket and enjoy the fireworks! Blankets can be laid out as early as 6 am!


10:00 AM: Hinsdale Independence Day Celebration

  • Parade begins at 10 am and steps off at 6th and Garfield St

11:00 AM: Celebrate America Craft & Art Fair

  • 100 booths in beautiful Burlington Park
  • Kids activities
  • Table top carnival games
  • Inflatables
  • Watch the Hinsdale Rotary Turtle Race at the end of the park at 11 a.m

1:00 PM: West Suburban Concert Band



4:00 PM: Itasca Fourth of July celebration

  • Boasted to be the largest fireworks display in Chicago!
  • Located at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca
  • The celebration starts at 4 pm with fireworks beginning between 9:45 and 10 p.m


6:00 PM: Fireworks at Memorial Stadium

  • Families can start entering the stadium at 6 pm with fireworks to begin at 9 pm.
  • Show will be set to music.

*The Slammers will be setting off fireworks after their Wed, Thurs, and Fri games!*

Lake Forest

5:00 PM: Lake Forest Festival & Fireworks

  • Deerpath Community Park
  • Food, kids activities, fireworks and concert
  • Music lineup will be Bella Cain and Liverpool Legends (Beatles cover band)
  • A variety of food and beverages will be available for sale.



10:00 AM: Fourth of July Parade

  • Begins at Lisle Junior High and proceeds through Downtown Lisle
  • There will be an ice cream social after the parade thanks to the Lisle Heritage Society on the grounds of The Museums at Lisle Station Park.

11:00 AM: Independence Day Special at Sea Lion Aquatic Park

  • Free admission for Lisle Park District Residents

12:00 PM: Eyes To The Skies Festival

  • Balloon Festival portion from July 4rd – July 6th
  • Carnival lasts from July 3rd – July 7th
  • Hot air balloons, music, large variety of children’s activities, 30+ food vendors, carnival, craft fair, and fireworks every night.
  • “Serena’s Song” – The nation’s first wheelchair accessible balloon, which provides tethered rides to children and adults with disabilities, weather permitting.


11:00 AM: Naperville Ribfest

  • July 3rd – July 6th
  • Fireworks on the 4th begin at 9:30 pm
  • Look into the sky at 7:10 pm on the 4th and view the Lima Lima Air Show!

Oak Forest

3:00 PM: 32nd Annual Oak Fest

  • July 3rd – July 7th
  • Festival begins at 3 p.m on the Fourth of July
  • Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm
  • $30 all day wristband


Oak Park

10:00 AM: Fourth of July Parade

  • Steps off from Longfellow Park at Ridgeland Ave and Adams Street

Dusk: Fireworks

  • Fireworks begin at dusk at Oak Park – River Forest high school 
  • Fireworks will be cancelled if there is rain



5:00 PM: Graf Park Carnival and Fireworks

  • Fireworks start approximately 9 pm

10:00 AM: Fourth of July Parade

  • Parade theme pays tribute to hometown Wheaton and all of it’s residents.



Have a happy and safe Independence Day!