Thousands of people turned out Saturday for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Chicago.

The Chicago River was dyed a bright green color Saturday morning followed by the Downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The celebrating continues throughout the weekend.

Thousands more are expected to attend Sunday’s South Side Irish Parade. It steps off at noon on South Western Avenue and will feature more than 100 units, including marching bands and Irish dancers.



Dancers from the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance marched in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday, March 11th, 2017. | James Foster / For the Sun-Times

The family-friendly parade on Western Avenue — with a zero-tolerance policy for public alcohol consumption — will begin at 103rd Street and continue south to 115th Street.

Parking restrictions will begin at 6 a.m. Sunday on Western Avenue and 8 a.m. on side streets. From 6 a.m. through 3 p.m., there will be no street parking allowed on Western Avenue from 99th to 119th streets.

From 8 a.m. through 3 p.m., no street parking is allowed on the east side of Artesian from 103rd to 111th. Expect some segments on all east and west streets leading to Western Avenue between 103rd and 115th to be closed near Western. Only residents will be allowed to park in the area surrounding the parade.


Other St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Illinois Sunday:

Chicago’s Northwest Side Irish Parade starts at 12 p.m. at Onahan School, 6634 W. Raven St.

Plainfield: 15th annual Hometown Irish Parade steps off at 1 p.m. at Plainfield High School-Central Campus.

McHenry:St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 1 p.m. at East Campus Parking Lot.

Associated Press contributed to this report.