Wear your best green outfit and celebrate St. Patrick's Day in DuPage! Keep reading to discover so many fun things to do, from our annual St. Patrick's Day parade to food specials, and other themed events.
Check back as more events continue to get added.
Wings: A Celtic Celebration of Dance
At the McAninch Arts Center, witness the dexterity and skill of these tantalizing Irish dancers as they defy gravity. Direct from Ireland, Wings is a Celtic dance celebration featuring Irish and World champion dancers alongside Ireland’s finest musical and vocal virtuosos.
St. Patrick's Day Painting Night
Time for a little DIY! Celebrate St. Patrick's Day a little early by painting a lepre-gnome, a combination between a leprechaun and a gnome. Each guest will receive all the pieces and supplies needed to assemble and paint their beautiful piece. Tons of fun to share with family and enjoy a beer along the way.
Elmhurst's Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
The best parade in Chicagoland, the Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day parade has fun for everyone! The parade features floats, marching units & animated characters along with local organizations, businesses, and clubs along a mile stretch. Ample parking, security, and planning will make for comfortable viewing conditions for all attendees.
The parade is only the beginning of this festive day as the food, music, and fun will continue as Elmhurst merchants, restaurateurs and friends welcome visitors for this special community celebration.
St. Patrick's Day Specials
March 13-18, 2023
Savor your favorite St. Patrick's Day dishes all week at Arrowhead Restaurant. Specials include Irish stew, shepherd's pie, and corned beef and cabbage. Enjoy!
St. Patrick's Day Family Fun Bash
Bring the Family to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at WhirlyBall Naperville with a lunch buffet, endless WhirlyBall, bowling, laser tag, and pop-up games. Pivot Room Buffet includes Assorted Pizza, Pretzel Bites, Mini Quesadillas, Mac & Cheese, Freshly Baked Cookies. Soda and Fountain drinks included. Cash bar available for alcoholic beverages.
St. Patrick's Weekend Festival
Visit The Forge for live music, Irish dancing, bagpipes, and workshops all weekend long. Irish food favorites such as corned beef sandwiches, potato pancakes, and beef stew will be available for purchase, along with a variety of beer. Even better: admission is free!
St. Patrick's Day Brunch
End the fun weekend on a high note. Join Klein Creek Golf Club for a wonderful St. Patrick's Day Brunch. Brunch will include an Omelet Station, Carving Station, Luck o’ the Irish Breakfast, and a Lunch Buffet. For the kids, there will be a surprise magic show!
Ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day any day of the year?
We recommend the legendary NY Style Corned Beef at Augustino’s Rock & Roll Deli (Carol Stream and West Chicago locations). Cooked in-house, trimmed, steamed, sliced thin and piled high on your choice of onion roll or classic rye bread. It's also available in a gluten-free option. Stop in for the full memorabilia experience or order online for pickup.
Another excellent choice is the Rueben at ANYWAY’S Pub (Oakbrook Terrace and Bloomingdale locations): piled high with melted swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing served on grilled marble rye bread. Covered, heated patio, and porch dining available!
Schmaltz Delicatessen is another great option to get your corned beef fill. Get the #5 Wall Street, which is Schmaltz's famous corned beef on seeded Jewish rye with yellow mustard. Or, get a #14 Sloppy Paul, the sandwich that made them famous. This dish is their Reuben, which can be made with either their corned beef or pastrami on marble rye with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing.
Brews for a Cause
St. Baldrick's Foundation helps fundraise for childhood cancer research and make lasting impacts on children with cancer. Fortunately, two DuPage breweries have rose to the challenge in supporting this cause. Buzz for a Cure at Pollyanna Brewing Company-Roselle and Brews for a Cure at Noon Whistle Brewing--Naperville are two ways you can support this wonderful organization.
Check out our list of DuPage County breweries for more options on where to have your St. Patrick's day brew.