St. Patrick's Day is coming up on Friday, March 17th, and if you're wanting to party like a drunken leprechaun or just your typical Irish, you'll probably need to be yelling "Slainte" in the right city. Luckily, the third-best city in America to celebrate St. Patrick's Day is just a couple of hours away from the Quad Cities.

It's the city that dyes its namesake river green every year in celebration of the patron saint of Ireland. Grab your kilt and your Liquid IV packets, we're heading to Chicago.


Illinois has 5 of America's best St. Patty's Day cities. All 5 cities are pretty close to each other or within the Chicagoland area.

WalletHub decided to look at which major metropolitan cities would be the best to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in 2023.

In order to determine the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, WalletHub compared 200 of the most populated U.S. cities across four key dimensions:

  1. St. Patrick’s Day Traditions
  2. Costs
  3. Safety & Accessibility
  4. St. Patrick’s Day Weather

Five cities in Illinois landed within the top 150 of the best cities. Those cities include:

  • #134 - Aurora
  • #100 - Rockford
  • #83 - Joliet
  • #8 - Naperville
  • #3 - Chicago
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Naperville has the highest percentage of Irish population than any other city. More Irish people are in Naperville than in Boston.

WalletHub found that Naperville has the highest population of Irish folks than any other city. You would think somewhere out east would have more, but not so much.

Oddly enough, Overland Park, KS has the second-highest Irish population.

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Three Illinois cities have the lowest average beer prices in America. Yes, one of those cities is Chicago.

When you're drinking a beer in Chicago, it's probably at a Cubs or White Sox game. We know ballpark beer prices are ridiculous, but WalletHub says that three Illinois cities have the lowest average beer prices.

Chicago, Aurora, and Naperville, IL all tied for having the third-lowest average beer prices. Another great reason to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Chicago.

Source: WalletHub

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