Green Chicago River 2022: How to watch live dyeing ahead of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

CHICAGO — After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the city of Chicago is once again welcoming crowds to watch its famous river be colored for St. Patrick’s Day.

Last year, Chicago was still turning the river green — but the city did it as a surprise to avoid drawing huge crowds in the middle of the pandemic.

WATCH: Chicago surprises and turns the river green for St. Patrick’s Day 2021

Here’s everything you need to know about this unique St. Patrick’s Day tradition for 2022:

When will they turn the Chicago River green?

The Chicago River will be colored green starting at 11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT / 8 p.m. PT on Saturday, according to city officials. Watch live coverage from our sister station WLS on our website.

Dyeing on the Chicago River occurs west of the Columbus Bridge east of Orleans before Wolf Point.

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How is Chicago turning the river green for St. Patrick’s Day?

Dyeing the Chicago River is the work of the Chicago Plumbers Union Local 130. They use a proprietary dye to turn the Chicago River green in three boats, two with the secret sauce and a chaser boat to mix it up. The dye is essentially food coloring, concocted years ago by plumbers to help detect leaks in buildings.

How long will the Chicago River stay green?

The dye stays in the flow for 24 to 48 hours.

What is the Chicago weather forecast for Saturday morning?

Saturday will be sunny but very cold and windy, with wind chills only in the single digits. The temperature is expected to hit 20 when river coloring begins at 10am, but it will only feel like 5 degrees.


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