If you were timing your Chicago trip to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day—which you might, understandably, expect to be celebrated on Friday, March 17th—we’ll try to break the news gently… you missed it. The city’s famous festivities—parades, the river turning green—take place, by tradition, on the Saturday preceding the actual St. Patrick’s Day.
However, this is Chicago, and even if the official events have already happened, you can find plenty of Irish drinking establishments all over town happy to help you mark the big day. Here are a few of our favorites:
Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (North Center): Why? Updated Irish cooking—venison carpaccio; smoked Gouda fritters—and a beer menu that includes Midwestern craft brews along with the expected old-country names.
Courtesy of Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro
Emmit’s Irish Pub (River West): Rumors of gangster escape tunnels underneath this corner bar add an only-in-Chicago feel.
Courtesy of Emmit’s Irish Pub
Lady Gregory’s (Andersonville): If you’re more of a Yeats fan than a mob scholar, this book-filled pub will be your cup of tea.
Paddy Long’s (Lake View): Bacon and beer tasting menus…what more is there to say? Other than make sure to reserve yours ahead of time online.
Courtesy of Paddy Long’s
Fifth Province (North Mayfair): This replica of a traditional Irish pub is housed in the Irish American Heritage Center, so it’s pretty much as authentic as it gets around here.
And, if you’re still in town on April 2, sign up for the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle road race …just think of it as a particularly brisk 8K parade through downtown Chicago. The river won’t be green, but guaranteed some of your fellow runners will be.
Courtesy of Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle