St. Patrick’s Day events in Chicago’s suburbs

Get your leprechaun on with one of these St. Patty’s Day celebrations in suburban Chicago. For a complete calendar of events covering Chicago’s suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s calendar.


North Shore

‘A Day in Ireland,’ 6:30 p.m. March 14, Northbrook

Join Jeffrey O’Deutsch for “A Day in Ireland” as he celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with jokes, stories about the Emerald Isle and great songs of the Irish. Covenant Village of Northbrook, 2625 Techny Road.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Paddy Homan, 8 p.m. March 14, Wilmette

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Chicago’s Irish tenor Homan, who is performing his concert, “Songs of the Emerald Isle.” Homan will be joined by guitarist Dennis Cahill, award-winning multi-instrumentalist John Williams and Chicago native Teresa Shine. Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave. $22 in advance, $25 at the door.

Hooley X 2014, 11 a.m. March 15, Evanston

The three-day St. Patrick’s Day celebration includes authentic Irish food, dancing, music and beer. Featured events Saturday include a performance by Sheila Tully Academy of Dance, music from Irish music duo Peter and Katie and folk/bluegrass group Mad Bread. Sunday’s events include additional Irish dance performances and traditional Irish folk from Tim O’Shea and Phillip Crickard. St. Patrick’s Day events include a performance by the Public House Band, The John Williams Trio and One of the Girls. For a complete list of events, visit The Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church St. Free event.

Dive for Gold, 2 p.m. March 15, Northbrook

Search bottom of the pool for gold coins. Free for members. North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Road. Free event.

St. Patrick’s Day Party 2014, 4:30 p.m. March 15, Evanston

Event includes Irish dancers, bagpipes, a family talent show plus costume prizes, food music, kids’ tent with photo booth, cake walk, stuffed animal walk, face painting, games and more. St. Athanasius School, 2510 Ashland Ave. $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for ages 3-5.

Michael Londra’s ‘Celtic Fire,’ 8 p.m. March 15, Skokie

The music in “Celtic Fire” is performed by talented Irish musicians on traditional instruments. Added to guitar, keys and fiddle, the bodhran drives the pace the plaintive uileann pipes sound their beautifully haunting slow airs. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd. $48-$60.

St. Patrick’s Day Kids Fair, 11 a.m. March 16, Northbrook

Participate in shamrock cookie decorating, face painting, a healthy greens quiz, green smoothies and more. Whole Foods Market, 840 Willow Road. $5 donation.

Bring Your Own Leprechaun to Keylime Cove, March 17, Gurnee

The whole family can stay overnight for this St. patrick’s day celebration that includes crafts, food specials, contests and more. Keylime Cove Resort, 1700 Nations Drive. Rates starting at $139.95.

St. Patty’s Day Celebration, 11:30 a.m. March 17, Northbrook

Wear green for free bocce and bowling. Deals include $4 green draft beers and $14 Irish dinners all day. Pinstripes, 1150 Willow Road.

St. Patrick’s Day Know Your Greens Demo, noon March 17, Northbrook

Stop by the produce department to test your knowledge on everything green with a healthy eating specialist. Learn why greens are health, how to cook them and take home some recipes. Held noon-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Whole Foods Market, 840 Willow Road.

Sullivan School of Irish Dance, 4 p.m. March 17, Northbrook

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with students from the Sullivan School of Irish Dance. They will be performing traditional dances in Irish dress. Covenant Village of Northbrook, 2625 Techny Road.

The Celtniks, 7 p.m. March 17, Highland Park

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with live music from The Celtniks. Vibe at 1935, 1935 Sheridan Road. Free event.

Dulcimer Delights: Celtic-Style, 7 p.m. March 18, Glenview

Phil Passen performs on his hammered dulcimer, accompanied by his voice. Register at, 847-729-7500, ext. 7600, or the reader services desk. Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road. Free event.


Northwest Suburbs

The Sounds of Ireland, 3 p.m. March 14, Lake Zurich

Guitarist Seamus O’Kane will bring to life his favorite traditional Irish tunes. Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail.

Fourth Annual Barrington Celtic Fest, 4 p.m. March 14, Barrington

The four-day St. Patrick’s Day festival includes live music, a mix of local retail restaurants and merchants, various entertainment including Irish dancers, bagpipers, special guest appearances and food and beverages both in the outdoor festival area and the pub. A portion of the proceeds will go to American Cancer Society/Relay For Life. Doors open at 4 p.m. March 14, 11 a.m. March 15 and 16 and 10 a.m. March 17. McGonigal’s Pub, 105 S. Cook St. Free event.

Twelfth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, 5 p.m. March 14, Wauconda

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with four days of celebrations. The events begin at 5 p.m. daily, through March 17. The daily celebration includes a St. Patty’s menu with drink specials and opportunities to meet Lindy the Leprechaun. WIIL 5:01 Party broadcasts live from the landing on March 14, during the second annual Shamrock the Block pub crawl. Enjoy live music from Better with Bacon on March 15, an Irish buffet and bagpipes on March 16 and an acoustic Irish and classic rock performance by Jeff Trudell on St. Patrick’s Day. Lindy’s Landing, 115 Park St.

St. Patrick’s Day Party, 7 p.m. March 14, Park Ridge

Wear your favorite green attire and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy games, prizes and a DJ. Soda and candy available for sale. Park Ridge Senior Center, 100 S. Western Ave. $5.

St. Patrick’s Day Paint the Town Green, 8 a.m. March 15, Palatine

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade, Irish market and festivities in various businesses throughout the town. Durty Nellie’s, 180 N. Smith St.

St. Patrick’s Dance, 7:30 p.m. March 15, Schaumburg

Hosted by the New Start Club. Coffee, tea, water, snacks and more will be served. Bring a dish to share. All are welcome. St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1001 E. Schaumburg Road. $8.

St. Paddy’s 5K Run/Walk, 8:30 a.m. March 16, Deer Park

A 3.1-mile run and walk with live Irish music, awards and costume contest, kids dash and more. Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Road. $32.50-$38.

St. Patrick’s Day Bash, 10 a.m. March 17, Mundelein

Enjoy Irish food, live music, prizes and more. Irish Mill Inn, 26592 N. IL Route 83

Preschool Craft, 10 a.m. March 17, Lake Zurich

Drop by and create a festive hat that any leprechaun would love to wear. For accompanied children. Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail.

St. Patty’s Day Celebration, 11:30 a.m. March 17, South Barrington

Wear green for free bocce and bowling. Deals include $4 green draft beers and $14 Irish dinners all day. Pinstripes, 100 W. Higgins Road.

St. Patrick’s Day Feast, 4 p.m. March 17, Wheeling

Enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day meal followed by a performance by the Trinity Irish Dancers. No reservations required. Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave. $12.95 for adults, $6.95 for children.

Lucky Clover Ceramics, 7 p.m. March 17, Schaumburg

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by painting ceramics. The event includes a raffle and dry-brush technique instruction by Randy Skepnek. Registration required. Schaumburg Public Library – Central, 130 South Roselle Road. $15.


Western Suburbs

Irish Dance Workshop, 11 a.m. March 13, Oak Park

Roberta Kulik will teach user-friendly Irish folk dance steps and choreography. Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. Free event.

Lunch of the Irish, noon March 13, Oak Park

A traditional St. Patrick’s Day luncheon. Free for Active Adult members, $15 for nonmembers. Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid Ave.

St. Patrick’s Party, 9 a.m. March 17, Franklin Park

Bingo starts at 9 a.m., followed by a noon lunch (cream of potato soup, cole slaw, corned beef and cabbage, sliced carrots and Dutch apple pie) and a 1 p.m. raffle. Franklin Park Senior Center, 10040 Addison St. $3 for seniors.

Wee Folk Story Time and Craft, 11 a.m. March 17, Oak Park

Children ages 3 and older can dress up like a fairy or a leprechaun for a magical story time and craft. Oak Park Public Library – Maze Branch, 845 Gunderson Ave.

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt, 6 p.m. March 17, Franklin Park

Follow the clues in Kids Crossing to find the hidden pot of gold. All ages. Franklin Park Public Library, 10311 Grand Ave. Free event.

St. Patrick’s Day Stuffed Animal Sleepover, 7 p.m. March 17, Oak Park

Children ages 3 and older can take their stuffed animal to the library for a special pajama story time, then leave their animals and come back in the morning to see what kind of St. Patrick’s Day adventures they got into. Children are advised not to take their favorite toy. Registration available. Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St.

Senior Variety Show, 7 p.m. March 17, Oak Park

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the beginning of spring with entertainment by the Oak Park Arms Chorus, the Resident Reader’s Theatre and members from the monthly tap dance workshop. The Triton Singers, the Mills Orchestra and the Flower’s Reader’s Theatre Group also perform. This event is open to the public. Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. Free event.


Southwest Suburbs

St. Paddy’s Cake Decorating, 6 p.m. March 13, Western Springs

Children ages 3 to 10 can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by decorating St. Paddy’s Day cakes, cupcakes, cake boxes and a chef’s hat. Children ages 3 to 5 must be accompanied by a caregiver. Western Springs Recreation Center, 1500 Walker St. $32-$42.

St. Patty’s Day Dinner, 5 p.m. March 16, La Grange

Reservations and payment must be received by March 12. Coulter Post 1941, 900 S. La Grange Road. $15.

St. Patty’s Day Celebration, 11:30 a.m. March 17, Oak Brook

Wear green for free bocce and bowling. Deals include $4 green draft beers and $14 Irish dinners all day. Pinstripes, 7 Oakbrook Center Mall.

St. Patty’s Day Mixed Media Art Party, 6:30 p.m. March 17, La Grange

A B&B instructor teaches participants how to create an art piece using layers of paper images and paint in this BYOB art class. Ticket price includes all mixed media supplies, instruction, aprons and a take-home canvas. Must be 18 or older to participate, 21 or older to drink. Registration required. Bottle & Bottega, 1 W. Harris Ave. $35.


South Suburbs

Leprechaun Traps, 10 a.m. March 15, Frankfort

Legend says that if you catch a leprechaun, he will give you his pot of gold, but the little pixies aren’t so easy to capture. Children ages 3 an older can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by constructing leprechaun traps. A second session begins at 1 p.m. Frankfort Public Library, 21119 S. Pfeiffer Road. 


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