Chicago celebrates St. Patrick's Day in a big way. Just not often on St. Patrick's Day. To maximize our snake-chasing fun, we hold the festivities on the Saturday before, so all of us can get safely drunk without worrying about having to return to work.
In the slide show above, we give you our annual portrait of a great city on the day of one of it's great festivals.
And if you're looking for more, check our reports from past years:
Return of the Emerald City: Chicago dyes the river green for St. Patrick's Day, 2010.: