3 things to know about St. Patrick’s Day in DeKalb


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By Northern Star staff

1. Irish is the second-most common ancestry in the city of DeKalb, and the city is more Irish than Chicago.

About 12.3 percent (or 5,504 people) have Irish ancestry in DeKalb.

Those with Irish ancestry come second only to those who have German ancestry (22.9 percent, or 10,239 people). People of Polish ancestry come in third, with 7 percent (3,115 people) of people in the city saying they are Polish.

In comparison, about 7.5 percent (or 204,645 people) of Chicago’s population reported having Irish ancestry.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

2. O’Leary’s Restaurant & Pub is the only bar in town that bills itself as Irish.

Though bars throughout the city of DeKalb are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, O’Leary’s, 260 E. Lincoln Highway, is the only DeKalb bar that bills itself as Irish.

O’Leary’s is serving corned beef and cabbage and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day throughout the month.

Though Fatty’s, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway, doesn’t bill itself as an Irish bar, it’s serving corned beef, cabbage and green beer for St. Patrick’s Day.

3. Local and state police are cracking down on drunken driving for the holiday.

Police plan to conduct a roadside safety check and have special patrols to find drunken drivers on St. Patrick’s Day.

On the other hand, some locals plan to protest the roadside safety check.