Welcome spring and St. Patrick's Day with some spa services.
Reward yourself with an indulgent treatment in the spirit of the season at the spa at dana. The Green with Envy package ($220 if booked between March 11-17) is a March special that will leave spa-goers perfectly prepped for St. Pat’s after a decadent 80-minute green tea body wrap, a 25-minute reflexology foot massage, and a classic manicure. As for what color to choose, opt for emerald (which also happens to be the color of the year), or play it up with the Shamrock Shimmer, the spa at dana’s take on an ombre design. 660 N. State St., 312-202-6040
Enjoy eats—like Hugo's sliders—and entertainment for a great cause.
Following the parade downtown, head to the Gold Coast for a Paddy’s Day party focused on giving back. Hugo’s Frog Bar and Fish House (in partnership with Gibsons Restaurant Group) hosts an all-inclusive celebration (March 16, 1-5 pm), proceeds of which will benefit the children and adults of Misericordia Home. The event features live entertainment; American and Irish dishes from sliders and pizza to corned beef and cabbage; and, of course, green beer. $40, or $30 in advance; register with Dorie Finnegan at 773-273-4178 or email@example.com. 1024 N. Rush St., 312-640-0999
Get a taste for the traditional at The Gage.
For a truly Irish meal, head to The Gage, a few blocks from the freshly dyed river. The menu is authentic year-round (The Gage’s owners hail from Galway), but on Saturday and Sunday (March 16 and 17), the fare is accompanied by live Irish music and revelry. Try corned beef and cabbage, braised lamb shepherd’s pie, and wood-fired Irish salmon; washed down with pints of Guinness, Smithwick’s, or Murphy’s. 24 S. Michigan Ave., 312-372-4243
Indulge in a hotel package that supports your urge for a spring shopping spree.
STAY/ SHOP The Talbott Hotel has a reputation for being green—it is one of the first five Green Seal Certified hotels in town—so there’s nowhere more apt for a St. Paddy’s staycation. With their stay this weekend, guests will also receive a gift certificate and shopping package to their choice of the nearby 900 North Michigan Shops—with staples like J.Crew and fun finds at space519—or Water Tower Place—anchored by Macy’s and filled with great options for kids like American Girl Place and the Lego store. To book a package, call 1-800-825-2688. 20 E. Delaware Pl., 312-944-4970
The Trump Hotel offers a different view of the dyeing of the river.
The annual dyeing of the river takes place this year on March 16 (10 am). While thousands of spectators fight for a look down below, get a sky-high view from one of the Trump International Hotel and Tower’s St. Patrick’s Day Skyboxes. The 17th-story salons are great for groups, and come equipped with traditional Irish breakfast or lunch foods. Later, head downstairs to the hotel’s Rebar for specialty cocktails like the Shamrockatini (Jameson Irish Whiskey, Godiva White, and Crème de Menthe) or the Leprechaun Elixir (Irish coffee with a kick). To reserve a skybox, contact Cece Kosiba at 312-588-8059 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 401 N. Wabash St., 312-588-8000
Sprinkles carries two varieties of cupcakes to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Sprinkles’ classic red velvet cupcake goes green for the Irish holiday—a new hue with the same decadent cream cheese frosting and signature dot decoration. But if you’re looking to really indulge, go big with the Irish Chocolate variety: Belgian dark chocolate cake topped with Bailey’s Irish Cream-cream cheese frosting and a shamrock embellishment. Available March 16-17. 50 E. Walton, 312-573-1600