by Jennifer Olvera - 3381 Reviews - 45 List
You wait all year for the river to be dyed green. And that big parade? You'll be the one in emerald garb, in the front row. The only problem is you need a place to take a load off, sip Baileys, and swig a glass of half Guinness, half Harp. The luck of the Irish is on your side at these tried and true Irish pubs in Chicago.
Updated: March 22, 2010
There's a post-parade party with bag pipers on March 13, plus Irish dancers and live acts on St. Pat's at this venerable Irish bar and concert venue. Just remember to order some shepherd's pie or ale-battered fish and chips to go with those black and tans--before they get the best of you.
The St. Patrick's celebration, which includes a raffle and annual ?Shamrocks for Kids? campaign for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, kicks off in mid-February at this Irish classic. Festivities culminate during the week of St. Patrick's Day with corned beef-laden lunch buffets, parade-day festivities and a holiday meal with a corned beef station.
There's no cover to attend the day-of ruckus, just loads of DJ-spun Irish tunes, dancers and bagpipers at this Loop watering hole. Need a break from the blarney? Beyond-basic dishes like chicken tikka masala and Caribbean pork tenderloin go great with that specially priced green beer.
Like the Irish classics but disdain the shamrock scene? This Michigan Avenue sophisticate turns mainstays on end?without losing respect for its roots. Expect live music, drink specials and dishes like whisky-braised pork shoulder to celebrate the big day.