I'm not Irish, but we still enjoy St. Patrick's Day. On Friday I made corn beef and cabbage. We also had Green River and Irish beer. I made sugar cookies with green sugar for dessert. Our son was still home on spring break, so he enjoyed dinner with us.
Saturday we ventured into Chicago. We needed to get our son to Union Station for his trip back to the University of Iowa. Since we were downtown already we walked north to see the very green Chicago River.
The St Patrick's Day parade began at noon. We watched the first part before walking to the Shedd Aquarium enjoying the many exhibits there.
The weather was amazing and we enjoyed walking by the lake front too.
On our way back to our car we stopped at a Starbucks at Jackson and Wabash. As we sat outside we noticed a bird hiding in the shade. It wasn't a bird you'd normally find in the city and upon closer look noticed it was a woodcock with a broken wing. Having a smart phone came in handy as we found a bird rescue group for the city. They asked us to see if we could capture the bird using a large paper bag. After successfully getting the bird into the bag we walked to a location where a volunteer was waiting. Hopefully "Patrick Jackson Wabash" is now in a place where he can recuperate from his ordeal.
We packed a lot into a beautiful Saturday. Happy St. Patrick's Day!