Chicago's waterway is glowing green in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.
As per annual tradition, the Chicago River was dyed green Saturday — the spectacle's 52nd year. Legend has it, the emerald-kissed water from the Chicago River flows all the way to Ireland by coursing through the Illinois River, then into the Mississippi, up the Gulf Stream and across the Atlantic.
According to the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade website, the dyeing of the river started with the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers. It is now kept up by Mike Butler and his crew, and he claims he gets a little help — from a leprechaun.
Spectators say they love the festive attraction.
"There's no place like Chicago for St. Patrick's Day," city native Melissa Gollakner told the Chicago Tribune. "We do it right."
— Alessandra Malito