What time does the 2020 Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade start and what is the route?
This year, the parade will kick off on Saturday, March 14 at noon sharp, beginning at the corner of Balbo and Columbus, heading north to Monroe Street. They’ve set up a viewing gallery right by Buckingham Fountain, so head there to stake out a spot.
If you want the full Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade experience, you’ll want to catch the dyeing of the Chicago River as well. As of now, it's scheduled for 9am on the morning of the parade. Recommended viewing spots include the riverwalk between Michigan and Columbus, the west side of Columbus, and all along Lower and Upper Wacker Drive between Michigan and Columbus. We highly recommend arriving at least a half-hour early to carve yourself out a viewing spot. As an added bonus, all these spots are steps from the Buckingham Fountain, so you can just hop over there once the dyeing is done.
For more info, the official website has a bunch of FAQs, as well as VIP tickets for grandstand seating.