Thirsty Thursday: Chicago’s Green River Recipe & Guide for St Pat’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day from Renata’s Kitchen!

Recipe: Chicago-Green River

  • Take 1 large green river such as the Chicago River.
  • Use 2 boats to dump 40 lbs of eco-friendly ORANGE dye into the river.
  • Use 1 extra boat with necessary attachment to churn all the powder into your river.
  • River turns green once all orange dye is blended into the water.
  • Green color can last up to 3 days with luck-of-the-Irish weather, longer dependent on the number of green beers you have consumed.
  • Use recipe at your own risk, or simply watch the pros use their own secret recipe like they have every March 17th since 1962!
  • Green Dyeing starts at 9am on the Chicago River on March 17th, 2019 at 9am
  • Stand on the East Side of Michigan Avenue Bridge or find a spot on the Riverwalk!


Okay, you may get arrested if you use the recipe above, so why not watch the pros do it in Chicago this Saturday, March 17th at 9:00a.m.? (Click link!)

Chicago’s St Patrick’s Day Parade starts at Columbus & Balbo at noon (click link!), and I am sure you can think of a few things to do and while you sip your brew. Here are some helpful hints!

Five Top Selling Irish Beers in Ireland

  1. Smithwick’s Irish Ale
  2. Guinness Draught
  3. Murphy’s Irish Stout
  4. Harp’s Lager (Renata’s Fav)
  5. Kilkenny Irish Red

Want to search the Irish beer near you? Use this excellent link to and search here! (Click link!)

Renata’s Chicago-Green River Mocktail

Green River Limes
  • Large Club Soda over ice
  • Splash of Grapefruit Juice
  • Lime, cucumber or kiwi slices
  • 1 Drop of Green Food Coloring


The first band I identified with from Chicago was the Muddy Waters band.

Eric Clapton


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