Chicago Best U.S. City For St. Patrick's Day: Survey

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Photo credit Cork & Kerry South Side Irish pub (WBBM Newsradio/Jim Gudas)

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – This probably comes as no surprise to many locals, but a personal finance web site has named Chicago the best city this year for St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

Wallethub says Chicago scored highest when combining factors such as Irish pubs and restaurants per capita; the price of accommodations for out-of-town visitors and the typical weather at this time of year in Chicago.

Kathy O'Neill of Chicago's Irish American Heritage Center points out the downtown, South Side and Northwest Side parades.

Also, she notes, the city dyes its namesake river green and has a large number of Irish-themed pubs and restaurants.