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Here's How the Chicago River Is Dyed Green for St. Patrick's Day

Here’s How the Chicago River Is Dyed Green for St. Patrick’s Day

There are plenty of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and we recommend picking the best one for you.

Try to find a four-leaf clover, indulge in some corned beef, or even watch those bizarre Leprechaun horror movies. Preferably don’t reduce yourself to basic motor functions through consumption of Guinness and offensively stereotype a vibrant culture, but it’s your life.

 

There’s one tradition, however, that we all agree is a great time: watching the Chicago River turn green on St. Patrick’s Day.

It looks as cool as it looks concerning, and it’s good, old-fashioned, family-friendly, non-offensive fun. And it’s a tradition that’s over a half a century old, so there are probably a few things you don’t know about it.

Here’s how they get it done, and how it came to be.

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