Abbey Pub’s Saint Patrick’s Day Party The Abbey Pub celebrates its 40th annual Saint Patrick’s Day event with music by Larry Nugent, the Great Whiskey Project, Kevin Flynn & the Avondale Ramblers, and more. Irish dancers and bagpipers will also join in. Sat-Mon 3/15-3/17, Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, 773-463-5808, abbeypub.com, $10.
Beer Nuts, She’s Crafty, Yeowulf The St. Paddy’s Day Bash is headlined by the Beer Nuts, fronted by former Ministry member Joe Kelly. Support includes the all-female Beastie Boys tribute act She’s Crafty. Mon 3/17, 8:30 PM, Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, 773-489-3160, doubledoor.com.
Celtic Woman Traditional Irish music from the all-female ensemble. Expect a lush scene. Sun 3/16, 3 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State, 312-462-6300, thechicagotheatre.com.
Chicago Saint Patrick’s Day Parade The annual parade travels north on Columbus from Balbo to Monroe, with a viewing stand at Buckingham Fountain. All things Irish are featured, including bagpipes, Irish step dancers, and a whole lot of shamrocks. Sat 3/15, noon, Balbo and Columbus, chicagostpatsparade.com, free.
Dyeing the Chicago River The Chicago River goes green for the day in one of Chicago’s most steadfast traditions. Get this year’s best views between Columbus and Wabash. Sat 3/15, 10 AM, chicagostpatsparade.com, free.
FitzGerald’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival A full day of live music and dance from groups like the Mayer School Stepdancers, the Dooley Brothers, Cannonball, and the Irish bagpipe band Shannon Rovers. Fred Eaglesmith’s Traveling Steam Show headlines the festival from 8-10 PM. Sat 3/15, 1 PM, FitzGerald’s, 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn, 708-788-2118, fitzgeraldsnightclub.com, $5-$15.
Gaelic Storm, We Banjo 3 The Celtic-rock giants play a pair of shows. Thu-Fri 3/13-3/14, 9 PM, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, 312-923-2000, houseofblues.com/chicago.
Guinness Post-Parade Party A traditional Irish breakfast, gallons of Guinness, a 30-inch inflatable Guinness glass, and a photo booth are all part of the festivities at the postparade blowout. Sat 3/15, 10 AM, Howells & Hood, 435 N. Michigan, 312-262-5310, howellsandhood.com.
Irish Pub Crawl A four-stop trolley crawl (the trolley is BYO) that pulls into the Celtic Crown, Mystic Celt, Chief O’Neill’s, and Temple Bar. Crawlers get plenty of Irish food and beer—and live music at Chief O’Neill’s. Fri 3/14, 8 PM and Sun 3/16, 2:30 PM, Celtic Crown, 4301 N. Western, 773-588-1110, cityswarmchicago.com, $55.
Megon McDonough & Sue O’Halloran A night of traditional Irish stories and song. Sun 3/16, 7 PM, SPACE, 1245 Chicago, Evanston, 847-492-8860, evanstonspace.com.
Porn and Chicken: Bang Me, I’m Irish A not-kid-friendly event. Guest DJs Rukus vs. Richie Augusta and Martin Stoy, and resident DJs Orville Kline, Phives, and the Sleepers will all be there—and, as always, there’s free chicken until it’s gone. Mon 3/17, 10 PM, Evil Olive, 1551 W. Division, 773-235-9100, evil-olive.com.
South Side Irish Parade Chicago’s Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations always last the whole weekend, so it’s only natural to have a parade both days. The South Side Irish Parade starts at 103rd and Western, and travels south to 115th Street. Sun 3/16, noon, southsideirish.squarespace.com, free.
St. Paddy’s Day 5K & 8K Run/Walk A Saint Patrick’s Day 5K run/walk and 8K run through Lincoln Park benefits the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Themed refreshments and live Irish music will be on site.John Barleycorn hosts the postrace party. Sat 3/15, 9:30 AM, Lincoln Park, Cannon, north of Fullerton, stpaddysdayrunchicago.com, $47-$57.
Tin Lynott, Spraoi Martyrs’ celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day by hosting a tribute to Ireland’s hardest rocking band, Thin Lizzy. Party starts at 1 PM, and it’s free until 9 PM. Sat 3/15, 1 PM, Martyrs’, 3855 N. Lincoln, 773-404-9494, martyrslive.com.