Group petitions to make Chicago the U.S. St. Patty's Day headquarters

January 04, 2013|By Zara Husaini @zarhus | For RedEye

Anyone who’s ever celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago can tell you: There’s nothing quite like it. But this year, the ShamROCK Chicago Council wants to take it to the next level.

The council, which is made up of prominent local businesspeople, is working for Chicago to be named the official “U.S. headquarters for St. Patrick’s Day.”

The initiative began Thursday, but it isn’t to late to join the movement. Members of the council will be rallying to promote the cause in their communities. They’re also looking for businesses who are interested in sponsoring the initiative. And if you think you can escape the council, you may be wrong--they’re also sending out teams to cover the streets and convince passersby to join the revolution.

So why is the council so committed to this?

“More than any other city in the United States, Chicago exemplifies Irish pride," said Mick O’Rourke, President and CEO of Signature Bank and ShamROCK Council member. "ShamROCK Chicago is an ideal opportunity for all Chicagoans to show their green pride and build community goodwill. By encouraging people in the city and beyond to affirm Chicago as the U.S. headquarters of St. Patrick’s Day, it will demonstrate to the rest of the country our dedication to promoting our strong Irish ties.”

If you agree with him, check out shamrockchicago2013.com to cast your vote.

Whether you’re on board with what the council is trying to accomplish, you’ll be happy to know this year’s St. Patty’s Day festivities will be bigger than ever. The group is holding events that start March 10. You can bet they won’t end till March 17, when the last frat boy standing chugs his final green beer of the holiday.

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