Graphic by Morgan Elise Johnson

The Chicago River will be dyed a richer shade of green on Saturday (March 11), which means it’s officially St. Patrick’s Day weekend in the city.

For many Chicagoans, we already know what’s to come from the Irish holiday: dozens of adults bar-hopping around the North Side while dressed in every possible green thing they could buy from Party City, including a beaded shamrock necklace and some variation of the folklory leprechaun top hat.

But for some Chicagoans, particularly those of color, St. Patrick’s Day isn’t always as inclusive as desired. Meaning, it’s possible to walk into a bar on the North Side and not hear any of the music we enjoy or see anyone who looks like us.

So, The TRiiBE created an alternative, very Black guide to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago.

Here is a list of parties that you may want to check out:


AFROTRAK Presents: Nappi Hour

“Come let your hair down after work”

Time: 5pm – until

Place: Velvet Lounge, 67 E. Cermak Rd (South Loop)




“The biggest international party in Chicago”

Time: 9pm – 2am

Place: Society Night Club, 2201 W. Walnut St (West Town)

RSVP: (Free until 10:30pm with RSVP)


Ybar Fridays

“Chicago’s sexiest Friday night party downtown”

Time: 10pm-2am

Place: Ybar, 224 W. Ontario St (River North)

RSVP: 708-359-1201 (must RSVP for entry)


Party Noire Presents: Pussy Power III

“Jeezy Juke Joint’s official afterparty”

Time: 10pm-1:30am

Place: The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave (Hyde Park)




St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Time: 9am (dyeing the Chicago River), 12pm (parade)

Place: Parade starts at Balboa and Columbus Drive (Grant Park)


Pyramid x The Movemakers Presents: Get Lucky II Day Party

“A St. Patrick’s Day celebration you do not want to miss”

Time: 12pm-6pm

Place: Ybar, 224 W. Ontario St (River North)



Get Lucky: hosted by Posh Entertainment + Civilized Empire

“Complimentary Jameson shots from 1-3pm”

Time: 1pm-7pm

Place: The Midway at Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Drive



Toasted Life’s 2nd Annual St. Patty’s Kickback

“Come drink, make a s’more and finish off an aggressive day the right way!”

Time: 10pm-3am

Place: Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave (West Town)




South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Time: 12pm

Place: Parade starts at 103rd and Western in Beverly, going down Western to Morgan Park. 



Vice District Brewing x The Pre Gamers x Blank Canvas Collective Presents: South Side St. Patrick’s

Time: 11pm-2am

Place: Vice District, 1454 S. Michigan Ave (South Loop)



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