Go Green with CTA to All the Exciting St. Patrick’s Day Parades and the Traditional Dyeing of the Chicago River

March 14, 2024

CTA’s trains and buses are the best and most affordable ways to get to various sporting events, concerts, and St. Patrick’s Day events

CTA can be your driver to the several parades and other festivities happening across Chicagoland in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Customers can save money by purchasing an unlimited rides pass, either the 1-Day ($5) – far more economical and convenient than the price of gas and parking - or the 3-Day ($15) pass – a real budget-saving move.

Service for Upcoming Events

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and River Dyeing

Chicago River, From Wabash to Columbus; Columbus, northbound from Balbo to Monroe

River Dyeing – 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; Parade – 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

  • Rail: All rail lines to downtown will provide access to the parade and river dying area.
  • Bus: Several routes in the area may be rerouted. For additional route information check our website: https://www.transitchicago.com/schedules/

Archer Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade

Archer Avenue, Oak Park to Narragansett – Sat. 3/16 at 12 p.m.

Northwest Side Irish Parade

Northwest Highway, Nagle Avenue to Harlem – Sun. 3/17 at 10 a.m.

South Side Irish Parade

Western Avenue, 103rd Street to 115th Street – Sun. 3/17 at 12 p.m.

United Center

Get to and from the following events via the #20 Madison and #50 Damen bus routes. Customers can also take the #19 United Center Express route post event:

  • Los Angeles Clippers vs. Chicago Bulls – Thu. 3/14 at 7 p.m.
  • Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Fri. 3/15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls – Sat. 3/16 at 7 p.m.
  • San Jose Sharks vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Sun. 3/17 at 5 p.m.
  • Portland Trail Blazers vs. Chicago Bulls – Mon. 3/18 at 7 p.m.
  • Olivia Rodrigo – Tue. 3/19 and Wed. 3/20 at 7:30 p.m.

Soldier Field

Service on the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express route

  • CF Montréal vs. Chicago Fire FC – Sat. 3/16 at 1 p.m.

Know before you go!

The CTA strongly recommends customers allow extra travel time and plan ahead by downloading the Ventra app, which allows you to manage your Ventra account, and also features a new trip planning tool powered by Google Maps. 

Fare payment options: We offer a variety of convenient payment options—from smart devices to contactless credit cards. Learn more about payment options and ways you can maximize your dollars with our lower-priced unlimited-ride passes by visiting: transitchicago.com/fares/

Service updates: Stay in the loop on CTA service changes and alerts by subscribing to CTA Updates. For details about all CTA service, call 312-836-7000 or visit the CTA website at transitchicago.com.

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