One of Chicago’s most treasured annual traditions was back to normal over the weekend!
Chicago’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations returned to normal over the weekend for the first time since 2019. Parades, bagpipes, and the explosion of green once again swept through the city but the headline act was, of course, Chicago’s iconic river dying.
Dating back to 1962, the annual tradition sees the Chicago River turn emerald green using an environmentally-friendly vegetable-based dye. Though last year the City of Chicago treated us to a surprise river dying, this year thousands of people were able to line riverwalk spots and crowd bridges to get a glimpse of the iconic occasion unraveling.
From the moment the Chicago Plumbers Union Local 130 filled the river with the vegetable-based dye on Saturday morning we have been treated to roughly 48 hours of glorious green waters. As you would expect, Chicago’s talented photographers were out in full force and social media channels have been producing various perspectives of the emerald green river.
Though nothing beats experiencing it in person, we’ve here rounded up 25 of our favorite photos for those who weren’t there to experience it at all and those who just simply want to relive it all over again!