St Patricks Day Downtown Chicago

A modern day miracle occurs each year as part of the St. Patrick’s Day
Parade celebration when the Chicago River turns an incredible shade of  green.

For the past 40+ years the Chicago River turns green
for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebration. It’s a  breathtaking  color  of green similar to the greens of Ireland from where
it got its name “The Emerald Isle.”

The storyline goes: In 1961  Stephen Baily was
approached by a plumber who was wearing some white coveralls, they knew
this only because they could see some of the original color. These
coveralls had been mostly stained or dyed a perfect shade of green, an
Irish green to better describe it.

It was when Stephen Bailey
asked how the coveralls got this way, that they discovered that the dye
used to detect leaks into the river turned green, not just any color
green, but the perfect color green.  Baily said“Why couldn’t we dye the
whole river for St. Patrick’s Day?”

A green tradition was born in Chicago.

And they actually use an orange dye, not green!

Downtown will be crazy busy starting at about 9 am!  Over at DOWNTOWN BAR, doors open at 10am with drink specials! –  or celebrate St. Pats in evening at 10pm with their Karaoke.