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Saint Patrick's Day Parade—Following the 10 AM dyeing of the Chicago River at Michigan and Wacker, the parade begins at noon and proceeds along Columbus from Balbo to Monroe.
Saint Patrick’s Festival at the Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N. Knox, 773-282-7035)—Family-oriented event featuring traditional and contemporary Irish music and dance, along with food and children’s activities and a wide array of live performances; it runs from 1 PM until midnight. $15 for adults, kids under 12 free with paying adult.
Shamrock Around the Block—The Rush and Division area will sport Irish pipers, drummers, leprechauns (on stilts and unicycles) along with other roaming revelers throughout the day, while She-nannigans (16 W. Division, 312-642-2344) offers live music from the Four Man Band from 2 to4 PM.
Navy Pier (600 E. Grand, 312-595-7437)—For the parents, kiddies, and whoever happens to be wandering or stumbling by, the Family Pavilion Stage offers an afternoon of performances by the Trinity Irish Dancers and live music by Anish for all ages. 2-6 PM.
**You can get your drink on and forget about driving, because suds-shiller MillerCoors provides free public transportation to prevent drunk driving this St. Patty’s Day. Private shuttle buses will run two looped routes with stops at restaurants and bars throughout the Loop, River North, Old Town, Lincoln Park, and Wrigleyville. 9-1 AM, 800-373-3743, millerlitefreerides.com.