As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, many Chicagoans and tourists will converge downtown to drink green beer, watch workers dye the Chicago River green, or eat corned beef. Another emerging tradition is St. Patrick’s Day milkshakes inspired by McDonald’s venerable Shamrock Shakes, a tradition started in 1970. Several Chicago bars and restaurants also add alcohol to give grown ups a feeling more than nostalgia. For those who don’t need the booze, there are also a few drinks safe for children.
Remember, just like Shamrock Shakes, these drinks are available for a limited time only. St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, March 17 and the city will dye the river green the day before on Saturday, March 16. The South Side Irish Parade is on Sunday, March 17. Irish pub workers along Western Avenue on the South Side may laugh at customers asking for a milkshake, so it’s good to have alternatives.Read More