Runners participate in the Shamrock Shuffle. Credit: Flickr/leduardo

CHICAGO — The Shamrock Shuffle is being held this weekend, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and the beginning of the outdoor running season.

The event goes Saturday and Sunday and features a 1-mile run, an 8K and a 2-mile walk that see participants go through the Downtown area. On Sunday, there will be live music at post-event party in Grant Park.

Several streets will be closed in the Downtown area for the race, and drivers will not be allowed to park along the race course starting 3 a.m. Sunday, according to a city news release.

DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Ida B. Wells Drive and North Michigan Avenue will remain open.

The closures:

Starting 10 a.m. Friday

  • Balbo avenue from Columbus Drive to DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

Starting 6 a.m. Saturday

  • Columbus Drive from Roosevelt Road to Monroe Street.
  • Balbo Avenue from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive. 
  • Jackson Boulevard from Michigan Avenue to DuSable Laker Shore Drive.  
  • Ida B. Wells Drive from Congress Plaza to Columbus Drive.

8-11:15 a.m. Sunday

  • Columbus Drive from Roosevelt Road to Grand Avenue.
  • Grand Avenue from Columbus Drive to State Street.
  • State Street from Grand Avenue to Wacker Drive. 
  • Wacker Drive from State Street to Washington Boulevard.  
  • Washington Blvd. from Wacker Drive to State Street.
  • State Street from Washington Boulevard to Jackson Boulevard.  
  • Jackson Blvd. from State Street to Franklin Street.
  • Franklin Street from Jackson Boulevard to Harrison Street.  
  • Harrison Street from Franklin Street to Michigan Avenue.
  • Michigan Avenue from Harrison Street to Roosevelt Road.  
  • Roosevelt Road from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive.  

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