Chicago area bars, restaurants to celebrate St. Patrick's Day – Chicago Tribune

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One of the first major disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic was the cancellation of St. Patrick’s Day events in 2020. Now, with the city lifting most COVID-19 restrictions, Chicagoans are ready to celebrate in full force again with parades and the traditional dyeing of the Chicago River on Saturday, keeping the party going until the actual holiday on March 17.
Area bars and restaurants are getting into the fun, providing everything from classic Irish fare and bottomless green beer to outdoor bashes with a view of the spectacle. Make sure to book a spot soon or you’ll be out of luck.
The brewery opens at 10 a.m. Saturday to serve free green eggs and hash, which you can enjoy alongside green beer or a pint of their Burning Red Irish ale. The fun continues throughout the day with acoustic music from James & Friends at 1 p.m. and Jim Green at 6 p.m., and the Billy Bricks pizza truck arriving at 5 p.m. 360 Historical Lane, Long Grove, 847-821-6140, buffalocreekbrewing.com
The over-the-top Wrigleyville pop-up bar is decked out with St. Patrick’s Day-themed decor perfect for photo opportunities including shamrock-covered tables, a hanging rainbow, green paper lanterns and plenty of leprechauns. Book a spot and enjoy a mix of traditional fare such as $14 fish and chips and $7 Murphy’s Irish Stout with more spectacular items such as the shareable Pot o’ Gold cocktail made with Jameson Irish whiskey and orange juice, served with a green-sugar rim and a gold chocolate coin. 3505 N. Clark St., 866-875-8259, charmdbar.com
The Irish pub sets up a heated tent in its 2,000-square-foot garden for its 22nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival. Festivities run from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, with a $10 cover starting at noon. Catch performances by the Shepherd School of Irish Music at 9 a.m., the Trinity Irish Dancers at 7:30 p.m. and the Emerald Society Pipe Band at 8:30 p.m. Come for a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and stick around for a performance by the O’Hara School of Irish Dance at 4 p.m. and a traditional Irish music session at 5 p.m. Book a spot for March 17 for a $30 buffet of Irish favorites including fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage. A la carte dishes are also available, though there’s a $10 cover after 4 p.m. Listen to traditional Irish music from Chicago Reel at 5:30 p.m. If you still haven’t had enough, you can catch a free Irish music performance by Peter Brady and Kathleen Keane at 8 p.m. March 18. 3471 N. Elston Ave., 773-583-3066, chiefoneillspub.com
Stop in for Irish food specials offered Friday through March 17, including $22 corned beef and cabbage, $18 bangers and mash and $24 shepherd’s pie. Take your celebration to go by ordering a shamrock shake made with mint chocolate chip ice cream and topped with whipped cream and green sprinkles for $12, or spiked with a shot of Jameson and Baileys for $16. 200 N. Columbus Drive, 312-565-6644, columbustap.com
The Lakeview bar’s annual St. Paddy’s Boozy Brunch Bash on Saturday includes a brunch buffet and three hours of mimosas and green beer for $32-$51. 3352 N. Halsted St., 773-697-9127, dstequila.com
Head to the oldest Irish bar in Wrigleyville on Saturday to drink your fill of domestic drafts, Stoli vodka drinks, Guinness and mimosas for $15 from 9 a.m. to noon or $20 from 1-4 p.m. 3724 N. Clark St., 773-248-3330, fullshillingpub.com
A rooftop bash running from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday includes a breakfast buffet with green pancakes plus beer, mimosas, bloody marys, contests and giveaways for $99. 127 W. Huron St., 312-374-1830, iogodfrey.com
Count down to St. Patrick’s Day with eight days of specials and events dubbed Leprechanukkah. Play Jenga and card games at 8 p.m. Friday while drinking $6 Irish sours, $8 Irish mules and $10 Irish Old-Fashioneds. A bash kicking off at 9 a.m. Saturday includes Irish stout, Jameson drinks, appetizers, call liquor and domestic beer for $65-$75. Get your hair of the dog with a hangover brunch on Sunday featuring a $30 package with mimosas, bloody marys and Bud Light drafts until 3 p.m. Bring your appetite from 7-10 p.m. March 16 for a shepherd’s-pie-eating contest and a performance by the Chicago Irish Band. 3511 N. Clark St., 773-935-6669, irishoak.com
The River North bar opens at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to serve specials including green Old Style, $18 Guinness wings, $15 Irish nachos and a Reuben pizza featuring house-made corned beef, Swiss, Russian dressing and julienne dill pickles for $19. 41 E. Superior St., 312-266-0400, jakemelnicks.com
Kick off your celebration from 5-8 p.m. Friday with $5 Irish pints and whiskey shots. Stop in Sunday for hair of the dog specials, including $5 bloody marys and $15 mimosa carafes. On March 17, the Old Town bar celebrates with $5 Irish pints, green beer and whiskey shots. 1525 N. Wells St., 312-888-9368, lgsbar.com
Watch the dyeing of the Chicago River from the hotel’s indoor LH on 21 lounge and LH Rooftop terrace at a bash running from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday that includes breakfast bites, a premium open bar and festive swag for $200. DJs spin in both spaces. The hotel’s restaurant Land & Lake Kitchen also will offer specials that day, including $13 Irish coffee, $6 22-ounce Bud Light drafts and a $16 Reuben. 85 E. Wacker Drive, 312-357-1200, londonhousechicago.com
Drink green from 4-10 p.m. March 17 with specials including $32 pitchers of margaritas, $10 green draft beer and $12 mint juleps made with Irish whiskey. Executive chef Kristen Burman cooks up celebratory stout-braised beef tenderloin tips with candied bacon green beans and colcannon, a traditional Irish dish made with mashed potatoes and kale. 200 N. Field Drive, Lake Forest, 847-582-6410, oakenbistro.com
Party before the parade at the West Loop bar, which offers a package for $60-$65 including Irish stout, Jameson drinks, Neapolitan pizza, domestic beer and call liquor from 8-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Irish bagpipers perform at 10 a.m. 205 N. Peoria St., 312-498-7080, pbjwestloop.com
Get a great view of the dyeing of the Chicago River while snacking on pizza and appetizers and sipping signature cocktails from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. A DJ provides music. Tickets are $175. 317 N. Clark St., 312-900-9018, pizzeriaportofino.com
Don some green beads and have breakfast with green beer, mimosas and bloody marys while watching the dyeing of the river from 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $90. 1 W. Wacker Drive, 312-795-3444, raisedbarchicago.com
Feast on corned beef hash, eggs, bacon, potatoes and waffles served with mimosas, bloody marys and green draft beer from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday or come for lunch from 1-4 p.m. for corned beef and cabbage, chicken tenders, mac and cheese, nachos and house liquor. Both packages are $30 and include St. Patrick’s Day swag. The North Center bar hosts a hangover brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday featuring $15 bottomless green mimosas, a $12 Irish whiskey flight, $4 green beer, $5 Guinness and a $12 Irish breakfast including eggs, bangers, grilled tomato, beans and rye bread. You can also enjoy $5 Guinness, a $16 corned beef dinner or a $12 Reuben from Saturday through March 17. 4128 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-799-8881, theramblerchicago.com
The New Orleans-themed bar adds a dose of Dublin at 8 a.m. Saturday with a $50-$60 package including call liquor, Irish whiskey drinks, Irish stout, domestic beer and appetizers. 712 N. Clark St., 312-741-9786, storyvillechicago.com
A patio party steps from the parade route features bagpipers starting at 8 a.m. Saturday plus themed food and drink specials including $6 green Miller Lite, $8 Magners Irish cider, $14 Irish nachos, $20 shepherd’s pie and a $17 pastrami Reuben. 225 N. Michigan Ave., 312-698-7111, sweetwatertavernandgrille.com
The Shannon Rovers bagpipers perform during the Streeterville Irish pub’s 30th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration, which kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. March 17. Specials running Friday through March 17 include $28 pitchers of green beer, $8.50 pints of Guinness, $7 shots of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey and $8 Irish apple martinis. 622 N. Fairbanks Court, 312-642-0700, timothyotooles.com
Enjoy traditional Irish food and drink Saturday, Sunday and March 17, when the Ukrainian Village bar offers $16 corned beef and cabbage dinners with red potatoes and carrots, $9 corned beef on rye sandwiches, $7 Guinness drafts, $6 Paddy’s Old Irish Whiskey shots and $5 drafts of Mason Ale Works’ Rory’s Irish red ale. 2159 W. Chicago Ave., 773-782-1400, tumanstapandgrill.com
Samantha Nelson is a freelancer.
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