Chicago's St. Patrick’s Day Play-by-Play GuideBy Sarah Freeman
March 12, 2014
No matter how you plan to celebrate, or at what hour you'll be joining in, here are our luckiest dining and drinking recommendations for Saturday's St. Patrick's Day festivities.
8 AM: Green Beer at Brunch
Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap
Jake’s sixth annual all-you-can-eat “pre-soak” breakfast is available for $5 from 8 to 11 AM. Fuel up with Guinness pancakes with Irish whiskey syrup and whipped maple butter, corned beef brisket hash and 16-oz. green Schlitz beers, which are also $5.
41 E. Superior St.; 312-266-0400
Tap O' The Mornin' to you! Starting at 8 AM and flowing until noon, this gastropub, along with its sister restaurant Bull & Bear, will offer an open bar and Irish breakfast bites such as Irish flatbread for $55. Tickets are available online and include drink specials and half-off appetizers for the rest of the day.
400 N. State St.; 312-265-1240
10 AM: Dining Along the Green River
Get a prime view of the Chicago River turning green starting at 10 AM (whether it's frozen or not). This riverside restaurant will be serving corn beef and cabbage as a special along with Irish mint milkshakes.
300 N. Lasalle St.; 312-329-1800
Get a bird's eye view of the Chicago River from the Pavilion Lounge. Irish afternoon tea features bites of braised corned beef tartlets with Swiss cheese and savoy cabbage as well as Guinness bread pudding. Tea service costs $50 and is offered at 3, 4 and 5:30 PM.
330 N. Wabash Ave.; 312-923-9988
Noon: Parade-Adjacent Eats
Everyone is a little Irish as soon as they step into this South Michigan Avenue eatery. For St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish restaurant has a menu of traditional fare including Guinness-braised brisket pot pie and corned beef sandwiched along with live Irish music, featuring the Fiddling Finnegans, from 11 AM to 8 PM.
24 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-372-4243
Cork & Kerry
While North Siders enjoy the city of Chicago’s parade on Saturday, true Irish-American Chicagoans know the real parade takes place on Sunday. The South Side Irish Parade starts at noon and goes right by this Irish pub, which will also welcome the Windy City Patty Wagon food truck from 9 AM to 3 PM.
10614 S. Western Ave.; 773-445-2675
3 PM: Irish Afternoon Treats
After walking along the green river, dig into a green donut. The St. Patrick’s Day special is the Erin Go Bragh, an old Fashioned donut covered in mint icing and crumbled Thin Mint cookies.
50 W. Randolph St.; 312-488-2483
DMK Burger Bar
Follow the rainbow to a gourmet Shamrock Shake, made with mint chocolate chip ice cream and Lucky Charms cereal. Enjoy it alongside some Irish stew-loaded fries.
2954 N. Sheffield Ave.; 773-360-8686
6 PM: Lucky Feasts
The Glunz Tavern
End the day of revelry at this historic tavern, where specials will include house-cured corned beef with colcannon, parsleyed potatoes, carrots and onions and homemade Irish soda bread, as well as Irish cream chocolate cheesecake and Irish whiskey cupcakes. Pints of Guinness on tap will be offered for $7 along with Irish coffee with homemade clotted cream for $10.
1202 N. Wells St.; 312-642-3000
Call it the luck of the Irish, or just call it spring, but the 150-seat patio will be open for the first time, with Irish coffee, shots and Guinness flowing. Inside, bar director Annemarie Sagoi will showcase a special Green St. Paddy's Day Drip in the infuser tower, consisting of Irish whiskey and green chartreuse dripped over clover for good luck. Chef Patrick Russ will offer a playful take on corned beef and other holiday favorites.
730 W. Grand Ave.; 312-243-8955
9 PM: Whiskey and Drunken Leprechauns
The drink of choice this St. Patrick's Day is a special cocktail made with Jameson, green chartreuse, Koval ginger liquor and "lucky" lemon juice, garnished with a mint leaf. The bar will also serve Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale for $7 and Jameson shots for $7, which is best served as a chaser to a slice of Bailey’s cheesecake.
100 E. Ontario St.; 312-787-6768
Old Town Social
Find your pot of gold in cocktail form at this Old Town bar. The drink combines Jack Daniel's Honey, lemon juice, orange bitters and ginger beer in a drink that might not bring the luck of the Irish, but will bring a hangover. Snack on some late-night eats - a heaping dish of corned beef and cabbage for $10.
455 W. North Ave.; 312-266-2277