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The 62nd St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017 in Chicago

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Fluorescein in the Chicago River on the St. Patrick’s Day (added for celebration, rather than tracing). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Michigan Avenue Bridge across the Chicago River in Chicago, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Chicago River and Michigan Avenue bridge by night. On the right the new Trump Hotel towers the river, to the left the two level Wacker Drive can be seen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This is a photograph of the Chicago River dyed green for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. On the left is Wacker Drive, where it changes from three to two levels. Crossing the river is Michigan Avenue’s double-decker bridge. This picture was taken from the Columbus Drive bridge. The view faces west. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Chicago river dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day, looking east from Michigan Avenue bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick‘s Day. Saint Patrick’s Day has been observed for more than 1000 years. It is observed on March 17th, the date of Patrick’s death. He is generally recognized as the patron saint of Ireland. Legend credits St. Patrick with banishing snakes from the island and chasing them into the sea.

Chicago River is dyed Green for Saint Patrick’s Day

For a city that has been run by the Daley Dynasty for most of my lifetime, you have to understand the importance of the Parade to the residents of Chicago. It is so important, that we have two annual St. Patrick’s Day parades in Chicago.

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The Parade always occurs on a Saturday. If St. Patrick’s Day does not fall on a Saturday, the Parade is held the Saturday before. The Parade was held on, Saturday, March 11th 2017. The Parade always steps off at noon.

The parade starts at Balbo and Columbus. The parade units will proceed north on Columbus Drive and the viewing stand will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain.

Dyeing the Chicago River is scheduled for 9:15 am. the dyeing can be best viewed from the East side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.

Everyone wears green. We even dye the river green, our fountains spew green water and we drink green beer.

Chicago’s Green Fountain for St. Patrick’s Day

We always crown a queen.  The St. Patrick’s Day Queen and her Court ride a majestic float the day of the parade.

This interesting tradition of  “the dyeing of the Chicago River a nearly radioactive looking Kelly green” has been around for 56 years. Here’s what happened:

“A couple of plumbers discovered the orange dye they used to detect leaks and illegal discharges of sewage into the Chicago River turned the water that Irish Kelly Green. They told the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local 110 business manager Stephen Bailey, who then asked around and ultimately received permission to try and dye the river green.” Today, the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union 130 dyes the river.

“The Plumbers Local union is charged with dyeing the river green every year. They first used 100 pounds of the vegetable dye, which kept the river green for about a week. Today, 40 pounds of vegetable dye is mixed into the river using motorboats, which is enough to keep the river a Shamrock green for about four-to-five hours, after which the river reverts back to its murky, polluted green.”

The best place to view the green river spectacle is from the east side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. When the river flows Kelly green, it’s time to start the parade.

 

WHERE: Columbus Drive from Balboa to Monroe

Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a spectacular event attended by thousands of people and features a colorful array of floats. The parade proceeds north on Columbus Drive and ends up in front of Buckingham Fountain where the viewing stand awaits.  Everyone is encouraged to wear green to engender the luck of the Irish.

There’s plenty of parties at local bars after the parade. Here are some other interesting events that you may want to attend:

Forever Green Celebration with Young Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago

Forever Green is the largest St. Patrick’s Day party in Chicago and celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015! Join the fun with live bands, a silent auction, bagpipers, Irish dancers, a fiddle-off, and appearances by the Chicago Rose of Tralee, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen, and South Side Irish Parade Queen. Ages 21 and up only

Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840

  • Location: Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Ave.)
  • Tickets: Included in museum admission (from $14-23, children 14 and under free)
One of Chicago’s premier cultural institutions, the Art Institute of Chicago will kick off its newest exhibition “Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840” with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on St. Patrick’s Day including a bagpiper!

Everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day in Chicago

About a  week after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the city will host the Chicago’s Shamrock Shuffle. This 8K race  kicks off the city’s running and racing season.

This is a photograph of the Chicago River dyed...

This is a photograph of the Chicago River dyed green for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. On the left is Wacker Drive, where it changes from three to two levels. Crossing the river is Michigan Avenue’s double-decker bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Happy Birthday Chicago!

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Happy Birthday Chicago! Uncork your favorite bottle of wine or champagne and toast to Chicago’s 178th birthday was held on March 4, 2015. Crank up your iPhone as you listen to Frank Sinatra sing “My Kind of Town“; originally part of the musical score for Robin and the 7 Hoods, a 1964 musical film starring several members of the Rat Pack.

Cover of "Robin and the Seven Hoods"

Cover of Robin and the Seven Hoods

Chicago is famous for many things including gangsters like Al Capone and the city definitely has some offers that you can’t refuse:

Chicago is also famous for sports teams: Bears, Bulls, Hawks, Cubs and Sox. We have had pretty good record for start-ups: Kraft, Motorola, Baxter, Sara Lee and don’t forget Groupon just to name a few.

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We have plenty of famous politicians including: 2 Mayor Daleys and President Barack Obama.

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Chicago is home to a plethora of superlatives: our higher learning institutons are world-class with some of the best business schools in the world like University of Chicago and Northwestern. The city is brimming with world-class chefs and we have some of the best restaurants in the world like Charlie Trotters and Alinea.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods with distinctive architecture and ethnic roots.

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Map of Chicago’s community areas, grouped by color by “side” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But one or our most endearing and enduring blessings is our world-class architecture! Generally, to celebrate Chicago’s birthday, some of her architectural shining stars will turn blue including:

the Willis Tower, the Trump Tower, the Merchandise Mart and the Prudential Building.

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Chicago‘s Columbian Exposition in the 1890’s spawned a flourishing legacy of global architectural pre-eminence and outstanding architecture in Chicago. Daniel Burnham’s passion for Beaux Arts priniciples of design generated a flurry of world-class structures. Chicago architects and structural engineers are still staking claims to global architectural marvels.

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Much of new classical research was conducted at the University of Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893 (Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution)

Bill Baker is a structural engineer who works at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill‘s (SMO) Chicago office in the landmark, 17 story Sante Fe Building. He can be credited with more supertall buildings of over 1000 feet than any other structural engineer in the world including the Trump Tower. The “Burl Khalifa” in Dubai is world’s tallest building at 160 stories. It is almost twice as tall as the building formerly known as the Sears Tower in Chicago. Bill was instrumental in designing The Burl with architect Adrian Smith at SMO.

Two of my favorite vintage buildings include the majestic Wrigley Building and the Gothic Revival Tribune building located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River.

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The distinctive clock tower of the Wrigley Building reminds me of Big Ben in London. There are 250,000 glistening glazed terra cotta tiles covering the classical structure that was completed in 1924 by Graham, Anderson, Probst and White. Quite appropriate for the great “White City.” The beautiful neo-gothic Tribune Tower is across the street from the Wrigley building. The 26 foot Sculpture of Marilyn Monroe is next to the Tribune Tower.

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I love the juxtaposition of the classic architecture with the modern architecture of buildings like the sleek Trump Tower. There’s a great view of the Wrigley Clock from Trump’s 16th floor restaurant aptly named “Sixteen.” They have an outstanding Sunday Brunch so why not celebrate Chicago’s Birthday party there!

Chicago Architecture

Chicago is a mecca for world-class museums, restaurants and hotels with plenty of “Vino con Vista” opportunities. The Michelin Guide for Chicago was released in November 2011.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Vino Con Vista Travel Guides can be purchased at these sites

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Catholic Charities Annual Boat Cruise 2012 in Chicago

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Get tickets for the 10th Annual Junior Board Catholic Charities Boat Cruise. Ride on the  double-decker “Ft. Dearborn” boat along the scenic Chicago River.

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English: Engraving showing Fort Dearcorn, Chicago, Illinois, as it appeared in 1831 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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WHEN: Friday, August 17, 2012;  board the double-decker Ft. Dearborn beginning at 6:45 p.m., sail at 7:00 p.m. and return to the dock at 10:00 p.m.

WHERE: North Pier (NOT Navy Pier), 465 N. McClurg Ct.
TICKETS: $65.00 per person for advance reservations and $80.00 per person at the dock.
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Tickets are available online at https://www.catholiccharities.net/registrations/event/2012JBBC

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This event will  benefit Catholic Charities’ Emergency Assistance Programs.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps at http://www.vino-con-vista.com
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“Party on the Patio” with Chicago Chefs at Fulton’s on the River before the Nato Summit

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A small flotilla of boats passes through the open State Street Bridge on the Chicago River, Chicago, Illinois. Photographed from 41°53′15″N 87°37′37″W / °S °W / ; latd>90 (dms format) in latd latm lats longm longs , looking west. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What’s more fun than a party along the banks of the Chicago River? That’s a prime Vino con Vista opportunity! Attend the “Party on the Patio with Chicago Chef’s at Fulton’s Restaurant on the Chicago River as you gaze at the boats cruising under our gorgeous bridges.

WHEN: May 16, 2012

WHERE: Fulton’s on the River @ 315 N. LaSalle St. from 6-9 pm

Chicago River at Dusk

Chicago River at Dusk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Chicago River is a system of rivers and canals with a combined length of 156 miles. The river links the Great Lakes and the Mississippi Valley waterways.

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The first meeting for NATO Defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 10, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hundreds of soldiers from the Illinois National Guard will be deployed in Chicago during next month’s NATO summit when plenty of international dignitaries will be roaming around the center of the city. The NATO  (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit meeting brings Heads of State and Heads of Government of NATO member countries together to evaluate and provide coordinated strategic direction for Alliance activities. The organization negotiates a system of collective defence; member states agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party. NATO’s headquarters are in Brussels, Belgium.

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The North Atlantic Treaty was signed on 4 April 1949. Since the founding of NATO in 1949, there have been a total of 24 NATO summits. The last summit was in Lisbon, Portugal in 2010.

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Deutsch: Chicago River bei Nacht English: Chicago River at night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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