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.
St. Patrick's Day specials
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more