Chicago goes green on St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2010 10:08:39 AM PDT
The parades were over the weekend, but the celebrations continue on Tuesday.Seventy-degree weather on St. Patrick's Day! That's the luck of the Irish for you!

Chicago held its larger celebrations with a duo of parades -- the South Side Irish and St. Patrick's Day-- and the dyeing of the Chicago River over the weekend. But there's still plenty of St. Patrick's Day spirit leftover for March 17th!

Touch of Chicago at White House

Even the city's most famous family got into the spirit, bringing a touch of Chicago to the White House. The fountains on the north and south lawns have been dyed green to mark Saint Patrick's Day. It's the first time the White House fountains have gone green.

Chicago's Shannon Rovers will perform at a White House party, which Mayor Daley will attend, on Tuesday.

Time-lapse of Chicago River "Greening"

ABC7 viewer Anthony J. Stewart captured time-lapse video of the Chicago River turning green on Saturday March 14, 2009.

Anthony has posted the unique time-lapse video on his Web site. Click here to see it.

Tuesday's Events

On Tuesday, several events will be held across the Chicagoland area. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Irish American Heritage Center
    4626 N. Knox, Chicago

    Noon-Midnight, Program includes Irish music, dancing and traditional and modern Irish music and food.
  • Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens
    Creek, waterfall and rapids dyed green

    7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights
  • Old St. Patrick's Church
    13th Annual Siamsa na nGael at Symphony Center

    220 S. Michigan Avenue

    7:30 p.m. The program, entitled Stories of Hope, will feature guest narrators
  • The Fifty/50 corned beef & cabbage slider eating contest
    2047 West Division

    7:30 p.m. First person to finish all 15 corned beef and cabbage slider wins a cocktail party.