Giant Shamrock Shake Dyes the Chicago River Green

March 14, 2011

Written by Stephanie Callahan

On Friday I attended a check presentation in which the owners of McDonald’s of Chicago and Northwest Indiana donated $10,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charity in order to raise funds to build the largest Ronald McDonald House which will be in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. I recently learned that proceeds from the Shamrock Shake helped build the very first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia in 1974!

It was really neat to see the giant Shamrock Shake before it went floating down the Chicago River on Saturday and ChicagoNow’s Bob Milkovich of Milking Chicago took some great pictures of the check donation and the Shamrock Shake that I’ve posted here as well. If you’re interested in donating to the Ronald McDonald House you can visit: or donate in restaurants around Chicago. Remember that even though St. Patrick’s Day “observed” in Chicago is over you still have until the end of the month to get your Shamrock Shake!

This past Friday I had a chance to get a sneak peek of the nautical Shamrock Shake before it “helped” dye the Chicago River green on Saturday. Although I’m not a huge minty fan, the Shamrock Shake always makes me smile, who doesn’t love a green beverage? When I was a kid my favorite part of St. Patrick’s Day was the trip to Irish restaurant Hackney’s and a glass of Green River.  There is just something magical about a green beverage that I just love!

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