• IdentificationMSLydo12
  • TitleDaniel Patrick Lydon Papers MSLydo12
  • PublisherRichard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • RepositoryRichard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Physical Description1.0 Linear feet
  • Date1956-1975 and undated
  • AbstractDaniel Patrick Lydon (1924-1993) was the director of public information for the city of Chicago Department of Planning and the coordinator of Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. This collection contains papers and photographs collected by Lydon highlighting local and national political campaigns, events, and holidays in which he participated in. Materials include photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, correspondences and a journal from 1956 - 1975.

Daniel Patrick Lydon Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

Daniel Patrick Lydon (1924-1993) was the director of public information for the city of Chicago Department of Planning from the mid-1950s to 1968. He worked behind the scenes on campaigns for national, state, and local politicians such as John F. Kennedy and Richard J Daley. However, Mr. Lydon was best known as the coordinator of Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day parade for 30 years. In 1962, he had the Chicago River dyed green for the first time in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and from there on a tradition was born. He married Mary Louise Lydon and had four children: Daniel John, John Joseph, Stephen Michael, and Patricia Delia Lydon. Sources O'Leary, Dan. "The Story behind Dyeing the River." http://greenchicagoriver.com/story.html. Accessed April 9, 2014. Roberts, Penny. "St. Patrick's Parade Leader Daniel Patrick Lydon." Chicago Tribune, December 30, 1993. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1993-12-30/news/9312300162_1_day-parade-greater-chicago-mr-lydon. Accessed April 9, 2014.

This collection contains papers and photographs collected by Daniel Patrick Lydon highlighting local and national political campaigns, events, and holidays in which he participated in. Materials include photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, correspondences and a journal from 1956 - 1975.

  • Names
    • Daley, Richard J., 1902-1976
    • Lydon, John J.
    • Lydon, Mary L.
  • Subject
    • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
    • Saint Patrick's Day