Broken down by hour increments:
8AM – 9AM
- Shower & get dressed
- Woke up Jill – don’t worry it’s not as scary as it seems
- Made breakfast: coffee, orange juice, cheesy green eggs (it’s amazing what you can do with food coloring) and bacon.
- Took the El train to the city – gotta love public transportation!
- Walked to Clark and Wabash to watch the river turn green – was amazed that last year at this very time we wore our winter coats and sweaters compared to this year’s flip-flops, shorts and t-shirts!
- Listened to bag pipes – whoever thought to stick bagpipers on a boat was genius.
- Took lots of pictures – you have to capture the moment and be amazed by the hundreds of people dressed in green, white and orange.
10 AM – 11AM
- Met up with old college roommate at the Elephant and Castle – it’s pretty amazing that after a simple Facebook post, an immediate text would follow asking if you were downtown.
- Walked up to Hard Rock Café – it’s now a tradition. You can’t go wrong (see next two bullets for convincing purposes).
11AM – 1PM
- Enjoyed a green beer – a requirement on Saint Patrick’s Day
- Danced and sung along to the Hat Guys – from Pink to Dave Mathews Band to Tom Petty, these guys can pump up any crowd in an outdoor beer garden.
- Got Jill a Lucky Charms rice crispy treat – it’s what good friends do.
1PM – 3:00PM
- Went to Gino’s East Pizza for a late lunch – again, it’s what good friends do.
- Walked back to the El – the end to an excellent Saint Patrick’s Day downtown.
All in all an excellent way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. It’s not often that in Chicago you can enjoy in a green beer in March in 80-degree weather so you had better take advantage of it!