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St. Patrick's Day specials at restaurants and bars

Celebrate all week with St. Patrick's Day specials like corned beef sandwiches, green beer and Guinness

Photograph: Nicole Radja
Howells & Hood

St. Patrick's Day falls on a Thursday this year, so you have a whole week to celebrate with St. Patrick's Day specials like green beer, Irish whiskey shots and bar food to soak it all up. These restaurants and Irish pubs are toasting the Irish holiday with traditional options like Guinness, corned beef, cocktails and more. Here's where to eat and drink for the week and before and after the St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 12.

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St. Patrick's Day specials

Bull and Bear

Start your St. Patrick's Day morning at Bull and Bear with Tap O' the Morn starting at 8am. The bar will host a 50 Shades of Green Power Hour with giveaways and green beer. Grab a ticket for access to bottomless breakfast bites and receive a 22-ounce mug to refill throughout the day.

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River North

Clark Street Bar

For the whole month of March, Clark Street Dog & Bar is offering $5 Jameson shots and $6 Guinness cans. The bar will also serve corned beef sandwiches and feature $3 green beer on Saturday, March 12.

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Avondale

Commonwealth Tavern

From 9am–noon, celebrate St. Patrick's Day before the parade at Commonwealth Tavern. The $25 food and drink package includes a hearty Irish breakfast, beer, Bloody Marys and mimosas.

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North Center

The Dawson

Staying true to owner Billy Lawless's Irish roots, The Dawson is doing its own take on a traditional Irish menu. Sip on a Hell-Cat Maggie made with Teeling Irish Whisky and snack on Irish nachos made with Guinness-braised oxtail and Hooks 3-year cheese while listening to bagpipers.

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River West/West Town

Farm Bar

This cozy Midwestern tavern is offering a few Irish-inspired specials created by executive chef Eric Mansavage. Warm up with a bowl of Irish beef stew made with pulled Hoosier short rib, Irish butter mashed potatoes and stout gravy.

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Lake View

Filini

Toast with $6 green Miller Lite beers on Saturday in comfy booths at Filini. On St. Patrick's Day, enjoy an Irish whiskey flight for $15 and an all-day Irish breakfast.

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Loop

Fremont

Opening its doors at 8am on March 12, Fremont is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with live music and an Irish buffet. Guests can purchase tickets, which include six drink tickets. To cure your hangover on Sunday, Fremont continues the party with an all-you-can-eat brunch that includes a smoked brisket station and seafood tower for $35 per person.

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River North

Hard Rock Café

The eighth annual ShamROCKED bash at the Hard Rock Cafe features live music by the Hat Guys and bagpipe performances by the Shannon Rovers. Enjoy $5 green beer and Irish car bombs for $6 while helping to raise funds for a local nonprofit that helps children and adults with disabilities. Stay for the Guinness and Jameson bacon cheeseburger, and bring the family for face-painting and balloon artists.

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River North

Henry's

At Henry's, you can get lucky with green jello shots, $6 Jameson shots, $8 Guinness tallboys and $5 corned beef sliders from 10:30am-5pm on Saturday, March 12.

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River North

Howells & Hood

Escape to Howells & Hood just over the Chicago River for the restaurant's annual Guinness After-Parade Party, which starts at 9am. Try one of the Irish beers on tap all month and fill up with classic Irish breakfast or corned beef and cabbage. Howells & Hood will also serve colcannon, a traditional Irish dish with creamy mashed potatoes, cabbage and Guinness brown bread.

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Streeterville

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

Stuff yourself with an all-you-can-eat St. Patrick's Day brunch for only $6. Indulge on Belgian waffles with Bailey's syrup and corned beef hash. Don't worry—the bar will have green beer specials, too.

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River North

La Sirena Clandestina

Chef John Manion goes Irish with corned beef and colcannon empanadas. Get a taste of Irish fare at the Spanish restaurant from March 12–17.

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West Loop

Lottie's

Start St. Patrick's Day with a rowdy crowd at Lottie's Pub, a classic brunch buffet and green beer. Celebrate with $5 drink specials and $5 corned beef sandwiches.

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Bucktown

Miss Ricky's

Just steps away from the green Chicago River, you can celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Miss Ricky's inside Virgin Hotels Chicago. Beginning at 8am, the restaurant will transform into a beer garden with green beer and food and drink specials. Live music from party punk polka band, the Bolzen Beer Band, should keep things lively. 

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Loop

The Pony Inn

Before you head down to see the Chicago River in all its green glory, catch a bite at The Pony. The bar's $30 brunch buffet includes Nutella poppers and cheeseburger sliders. While you're at it, snag some St. Patrick's Day swag and throw back a green beer.

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Lake View

The Promontory

If you're craving a taste of Ireland, The Promontory is offering its twist on several Irish classics. For a limited time, the restaurant will feature an in-house cured pastrami sandwich topped with apple-bacon sauerkraut.

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Hyde Park

Public House

Public House is kicking off St. Patrick's Day with Tap O' the Morn, starting at 8am with giveaways, green beer and a 50 Shades of Green Power Hour. Ticketholders have access to bottomless breakfast bites and receive a 22-ounce mug to refill throughout the day.

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River North

River Roast

After watching the Chicago River go green, enjoy Irish-themed specials like braised corned beef cabbage and bacon or shepherd's pie with braised lamb.

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River North

Tuscany on Taylor

This Little Italy restaurant is going a little Irish. The weekend before and on St. Patrick's Day, Tuscany on Taylor is offering an Italian-Irish special of corned beef, cabbage and potato-filled ravioli ($16) at dinner and a Bailey's cheesecake ($7).

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Little Italy, UIC

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