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Kiss Me, I Might Be Irish

By Amy Zaiter, copy editor: the chicago bloc[k] (azaite2@uic.edu)

With the month of February quickly reaching its end, St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. St. Patrick’s Day is a day for all the Irish (and non-Irish) folks to come out dressed in green, drink green beer and watch the Chicago River be dyed green. Although some might like to say it has to do with someone named St. Patrick, most people have the understanding that it is a time when drinking green beer is socially acceptable and actually expected.

This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday but it is sure to be a three-day event for most. Every year there are several St. Patrick’s Day pub-crawls and every year most of them sell-out. It is a good idea to start thinking about getting tickets now if a pub-crawl sounds like the perfect all-day drinking outing for you.

A lot of pub-crawls take place in and around Wrigleyville, a popular location for mostly college-aged young adults to congregate and celebrate the big green holiday.

St. Patrick’s Day will kick off with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the dying of the Chicago River at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning. One of the largest pub-crawls, hosted in 50 cities around the U.S. also takes place in Chicago on March 15, 16 and 17. Three day passes and other event tickets can be purchased at www.pubcrawlschicago.com. Getting tickets early is recommended so they do not sell out and so a lower price can be guaranteed. Tickets are currently running for $30.00 for an individual three-day pass.

Each pass includes guaranteed access to all participating pubs and wristbands for drink discounts (i.e. two for the price of one). One-day passes for Friday, March 15 are also available for just $10 per person as well as $10 per the optional St. Patrick’s Day pub-crawl t-shirts.

St. Patrick’s Day is a major drinking holiday for Chicagoans and having a plan and a pub-crawl of safe, pre-selected pubs is a great idea to ensure a good time while knowing your whereabouts and keeping a group together in the same chain of pubs and bars.

A pub-crawl registration is not required to go out on St. Patrick’s day/weekend but it helps ease the anxiety of choosing places to go at the last minute, allows for quicker access to participating pubs and provides discounts on drinks that will be purchased regardless.

St. Patrick’s Day is sure to get a little crazy, especially for college students, and it is a good idea to be prepared so there is a plan, some element of safety and an easier time on your wallet.

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