Observing Saint Patrick’s Day is probably one of my favorite holidays to celebrate in downtown Chicago. This year, Matt was finally able to join me and our friends in being “Chirish” for the day. On Friday night we decided to skip watching the Chicago River dyeing since it started at 9:15 a.m. meaning we’d have to be on a 7:30 a.m. train. And let’s be honest, that’s definitely not going to happen on a Saturday morning. Instead, we took an 11 a.m. Metra train into the city.
Our first destination was the Chicago River to take a few photo next to the “green” river. I was surprised to see that the dye didn’t reach as far west as it had in past years. By the time we arrived it was barely under the State Street bridge compared to reaching past Wells Street even last year. Once our pictures were taken, we walked to our main destination – the Hard Rock Cafe.
Matt and I grabbed a corned beef sandwich on marble rye as soon as we got there. Within a few moments they were both gone. Probably from a combination of being very hungry and simply eating a delicious lunch. With food in our bellies we were ready to start dancing to The Hat Guys. The band is always there to play our favorite pop songs from the 80’s and 90’s. This year we stayed later than usually and were treated to a performance by the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band. You can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without bagpipes.
As the afternoon went on, a few more friends stopped by and I even ran into an old co-worker. By the time 5 p.m. rolled around our voices where going and we figured it was time to head home. As you can see, there is no surprise why the The Hard Rock Cafe has become the destination of choice over the last five years on St. Patrick’s Day. There is no cover, good music, green beer reasonably priced, it’s a great place to meet up with friends and they a decent food menu. Oh, and of course amazing live music.
All and all another great St. Patrick’s Day for the books!