St. Patrick’s Day: South Side

Top o’ the mornin’ to you! (Fortunately, this written blog post can’t capture my terrible attempt at accents, so just pretend that it sounds really Irish!)

Next Saturday is St. Patrick’s day, but as a good Illinois alumnus, I know that St. Patrick’s Day need not be celebrated exclusively on March 17. During my college days, I was part of the Illinois tradition of UnOfficial, which means that I got to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day twice, for four years! Awesome? I know. Unfortunately, those days are over and starting a Friday at 6 A.M. with a beer is no longer an option with this thing called a job. However, that does not mean that I can’t celebrate this holiday twice, anyway!

Since I kissed Champaign goodbye, I’ve made Chicago my new home. Lucky for me, Chicago knows how to celebrate St. Patty’s Day pretty darn well. Turns out there are a lot of Irish people here or something? So I wanted to share with you some of Chicago’s festivities, so you can make the most of the holiday as well! I’ve split up the festivities by turf, and conveniently, by weekend. This week: the South Side. Be sure to check back next Friday for North Side activities!

South Side St. Patrick’s Day 

This weekend, I’ll be staying on my side town and heading down to the South Side Irish St. Patricks Day Parade. I remember going with my dad and brother to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Springfield, IL, when I was a kid. I remember being amazed by the level of enthusiasm and spirit that surrounded me. It was exactly at that moment that I realized that St. Patrick’s Day was right up my ally. I always loved an excuse to dress up in bright colors with sparkly face paint and lots of necklaces, so I knew I’d fit right in. So when I found out how epic the South Side Irish parade is supposed to be, I just knew I had to be there! The South Side Irish parade was shut down in 2009 because it became too much for the neighborhood to handle. This year is the first year that it will return to the streets to represent all of its Irish pride! I’m excited to be a part of its return! Let me know if you’ll be there, and we can celebrate together!

When: Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Western Ave – 103rd Street to 115th Street
Cost: Free

Happy early St. Patrick’s Day!