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Chicago Event for 2018

For 2018, the Shamrock Beer Run will again be held in Arlington Heights. The date will be Saturday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m.

St Patricks Day is really more like a week than a day… So start yours on March 10!  We’ll begin the morning at Peggy Kinnane’s Irish Pub.  They start pouring beer at 9am.  At 10:00am, the 5K begins just west of Peggy’s.  After you’re done, hang out with us to enjoy some more beer!!!

The 5K run/walk features 5 beer stops, one at each 1K serving up 3 oz of craft beer so you’re sure not run out of thirst!  Five craft breweries sponsoring the race will be present to provide samples for you to taste.  31 ounces of beer total!!

All participants also receive a souvenir pint-glass & long-sleeve t-shirt with their registration.  At the end of the run, participants will receive a commemorative finishers medal (which in 2017 was an awesome bottle opener with magnet) and pint of beer from the brewery of their choice.  Additional beer tickets may be purchased at the finish area after the event.

Because this event serves alcohol, local laws and ordinances apply.  Participation is limited to those who are 21 years of age or older.  A valid proof of age ID will be required to receive a wrist band that signifies an approved participant.

For 2018 we anticipate a large crowd so plan to come early to find parking and get checked in.

funRewards Particpants

If you are a Fun Races funRewards program participant, visit for the latest information regarding the points required for registering for this event. If you are not a Fun Races funRewards program participant, consider joining.  It’s free!  Earn 10 points for every dollar you spend on a qualified Fun-Races event.  Learn more at

Race Day Staging Area

We will post information once a location and date has been finalized.

Race Day Route

(2017 route shown. Subject to change in 2018)



For suggested parking locations, please check our Parking Guide.


Am I registered?  You can check by logging into, then clicking on My Registered Races (lower left-hand side).

Is the event walker friendly?  Absolutely!  More than half the participants walk the course.

When and where is Packet Pickup?  Projected packet pickup (Subject to change):
Monday, March 5 – Alter Brewing (2300 Wisconsin Ave Ste 213, Downers Grove, IL ), 4pm – 8pm
Tuesday March 6 – Courtland’s Garage, Chicago (1645 W Cortland St, Chicago, IL) 4-8pm
Wednesday March 7 – Peggy Kinnane’s, Arlington Heights, (8 N Vail Ave, Arlington Heights, IL) 4-8pm
Thursday March 8 – RAM Schaumburg (1901 McConnor Pkwy, Schaumburg, IL) 4-8pm
Friday March 9 – Church Street Brewery (1480 Industrial Dr C, Itasca, IL) 4-8pm

Can I change my bib name? Yes, until February 27.  Log into, click on My Registered Races (lower left-hand side).
Click on Manage Registration (middle of page)
Click on Questions (Left Hand Side) then type in the bib name you’d like.

Can I change my shirt size or upgrade to a tech?.  Yes, until March 1.  Log into, click on My Registered Races (lower left-hand side).
Click on Manage Registration (middle of page)
Click on Giveaway, then select the new size/style you’d like.

When do I get my shirt?  You get your shirt and pint glass at Packet Pickup or when you Check-In race day.

Can we get our stuff race day?  Yes, we will open Check in at 9:00am on race day.

Can I pick up my friends’ stuff? Yes, you just need their ID.

I can’t make the race, what are my options?  You have two choices so you don’t just eat the money.
1. Come to Packet Pickup and get your stuff.  You won’t get the beer, but you can have a shirt, pint glass and medal.
2. Sell or give away your registration.  You need to  Log into, click on My Registered Races (lower left-hand side).
Click on Manage Registration (middle of page)  Click the Transfer to Another Runner tab (left-hand side), then enter the new runner’s name and email. There is no charge for  you to do this yourself online.  If you require Fun-Races help, email – we charge $10 to assist you.

Where should I park? There are parking garages and street parking – come early for the best spots!

Can I push a stroller?  No.  This event is 21+ only.  Insurance and the State require that no one under 21 be admitted.  There is a lot of beer here.

Can my kids come, even if they don’t run?  No.  This event is 21+ only.  Insurance and the State require that no one under 21 be admitted.  There is a lot of beer here.

Do you offer gluten-free beer?  Sorry, no we don’t.

Can I switch from Spectator or DD to Beer Drinker (or vice versa)?  Yes. Log into, click on My Registered Races (lower left-hand side).
Click on Manage Registration (middle of page)
Click the Transfer Event tab on the left
Click the Start Transfer
Click the second box (Select an Event) and choose the one you want.

Do spectators get shirts and pint glasses? No, they do not.  Space is a limited, so we charge for spectators as that’s one less runner we can have.  Consider volunteering to pour beer- it’s free and you’ll get a shirt!


If you have another question, please email

Charities We Supported in 2017

Shamrock Beer Run is a fun event that celebrates St. Patrick's Day and all that is Irish. But we're not without our serious side. Shamrock Beer Run and its parent organization, Fun Races, Inc. believe in philantropy and giving a portion of our proceeds to valued organizations.

Below is a list of charity organizations we supported in 2017. We encourage you to visit their websites to learn more about each one. We would also like to encourage you to bring items to donate!

Animal House Shelter is a non-profit, no kill shelter that rescues, rehabilitates and adopts out all breeds of dogs and cats. Every animal rescued is spay/neutered, receives all vaccines and boosters, heartgard, frontline, dewormed and a microchip before it is adopted. Foster homes and volunteers are always needed. Serving Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Iowa.
Northern Illinois Food Bank solves hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need in Boone, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will & Winnebago counties. Help them make a difference for hungry neighbors when you donate time, food or money.
The Ross K. MacNeill Foundation is dedicated to fighting pediatric brain cancer in the memory of 11-year-old Ross K. MacNeill. Ross was a devoted hockey player (#33) and Chicago Blackhawks fan that lived his life with joy, strength, courage and selflessness. He died of a malignant brain tumor, in 2013.
Salute, Inc. mission is to passionately pursue meeting the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families. They strive to raise awareness of their sacrifices and provide a safety net to ensure every military family is treated with honor and dignity.
Shelter, Inc.'s mission is to help and protect children who are abused, neglected, dependent or in need of supervision. It is accomplished by providing 24-hour emergency and longer-term care, creating community awareness and education to prevent such abuse and neglect, and promoting healthy families to reduce child abuse and neglect.