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St. Patrick’s Day around Naperville, 2024 edition

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Although St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, March 17,  the almost-spring holiday has morphed into a week-long celebration of all things lucky and green in Naperville.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and 5K March 9 / Complete!

To begin, the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise will kickoff festivities with the St. Paddy’s Day 5K at 8AM Saturday, March 9 in downtown Naperville. Come one, come all and take on the 5K regardless of your age or how fast you will run. This fun kickoff to the Naperville running season is Leprechaun approved. Registration is available at admin.chronotrack.com/r/77422.

Following the 5K at 10AM on March 9, the West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a family event enjoyed by all ages and celebrates Irish heritage and culture. The annual parade will start at Naperville North High School and proceed through downtown Naperville and finish at Naperville Central High School.

Click here / Small sampling of photos from 2024 festivities honoring St. Patrick

Quigley’s Irish Pub at 43 East Jefferson Ave. will be pouring Guinness all day – Parade Day – with live music most of the day. Many other downtown restaurants and bars will open early and serve green beer throughout the day. Begin again like Michael Finnigan on March 17.

Celebrate March 10-11 / Complete!

Sunday, March 10, will feature Noon Whistle Brews for a Cure, a family friendly St. Baldrick’s head shaving event for pediatric cancer research at Noon Whistle Brewing Co. 1748 W Jefferson Ave. in Naperville. They’ll have a raffle, food trucks, games and fun. Learn more at www.stbaldricks.org/events/NoonWhistle2024.

Join the West Suburban Irish for their annual Irish Mass to celebrate the good deeds of St. Patrick at 6:30PM on Monday, March 11, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church located at 1500 Brookdale Rd. in Naperville. 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Weekend!

All week eat corned beef and cabbage! Place an order at the Casey’s Foods butcher counter for some of the best corned beef around. Pick up a head of cabbage and a bag of potatoes in the produce section. Enjoy!

Update, 2:13PM / Another St. Baldrick’s Head-shaving event hosted by Naperville North High School is history. “As of shave time the record breaking total was $33,000+!!” exclaimed just-shaved Paul Felstrup, pictured here with his son-in-law and grandson. (Much-appreciated photo by MaryJo Felstrup)

Naperville North High School again will host a St Baldrick’s Head Shaving Event in support of research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. An assembly is set for 1:10PM Fri., March 15, in the NNHS Fieldhouse. Already, NNHS has bested its own record as staff and students have raised over $30,000 (and counting) this year alone! The top four “earners/students” and Staff members and guests will be recognized. J. Chiappetta, NNHS Varsity Baseball Coach and Teacher (NNHS Class of 1999) and his son JJ (NNHS Class of 2031!) will be giving Naperville resident Paul Felstrup his 21st shave for the charitable cause.

Quigley’s Irish Pub, Naperville’s St. Patrick’s Day headquarters, will be opening its doors at 10AM on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.  Music will start at noon and all patrons must be 21-plus, all day. 

The Naperville Municipal Band will present its annual Winter Concert at 3PM Sun., March 17, in the Metea Valley High School Auditorium. Under the leadership of Director Emily Binder, the community band will be joined by the Metea Valley High School bands in “A Salute to Lifelong Musicianship.” Concert is free. Everybody’s welcome.

Pinot’s Palette at 175 W. Jackson Ave. in Naperville is celebrating with a Shamrock Gnome painting from 4-6PM on March 17. Reservations are required and the cost is $45 per painter.

Downtown Naperville celebrates St. Patrick’s Day, too! Many downtown restaurants and bars will be open for St. Patrick’s Day, perhaps some will be serving green beer throughout the day. 

What do folks who want to be Irish turn into on St. Patrick’s Day? They turn into their favorite pubs!

Did you hear the leprechaun groan?

And for more choices, Dine Naperville!

 

 

 

 

 

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