▶ Slice of Life: Saint Patrick’s Celebration on the Chicago River

Cities like Austin and Seattle have a reputation for being “quirky.”  Chicago doesn’t.  We’re broad shoulders, hog butchers, and all that.  But it doesn’t mean we can’t have fun.

This morning thousands of people lined the Chicago River to watch members of the plumber’s union zip around the pool between Columbus Drive and Michigan Avenue, turning the river green.

This form of  Saint Patrick’s Day revelry has been going on for more than half a century, and it’s arguably the first must-see Chicago experience of each year.

While I huddled in my ivory tower nursing my agoraphobia, Chicago Architecture Blog reporter Bill Motchan got into the thick of it, and brought us this great wide-angle view of the newly greened river.

Chicago River green for Saint Patrick's Day

Chicago River green for Saint Patrick’s Day

 

Chicago River not yet green for Saint Patrick's Day

Chicago River not yet green for Saint Patrick’s Day

 

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