It’s that time of the year again! St Patrick’s Day, or the one day of the year where all Chicagoans are Irish, is here and it is on a Saturday which means you can expect St. Paddy’s activities all weekend long. Get dressed up in your green garb, grab a Guiness or whiskey, otherwise known to the Irish as “uisce beatha” (Irish for “the water of life”), and say Sláinte! Take a look at the places on our radar for St. Patrick’s Day in the city this year.
Where To Brunch
As a backdrop for the morning activities, head to Raised Rooftop Bar and Restaurant for an awesome Irish brunch food and drink package and the perfect setting to witness the dyeing of the Chicago River. Enjoy an Irish breakfast from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. and immerse yourself in all things Irish with a live bagpipe performance and a food and drink package that includes: green beer on tap; endless green mimosas and Bloody Marys, baked eggs with spinach and kale pesto, corned beef and kraut on rye, Kerrygold white cheddar scone sliders, rashers, and eggs, and bourbon caramel cinnamon rolls. Tickets for the package are $60 per person and can be purchased here and read our brunch review of Raised here! Raised Bar, 1 West Wacker Drive.
Say top o’ the morning on March 17th, with a Kegs & Eggs brunch at The Boundary in Wicker Park. From 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., those celebrating the holiday are invited to indulge in a breakfast buffet with all the fixings including scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, chilaquiles and more, and start drinking early with green beer, Bloody Marys, and mimosas. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here. The Boundary, 1932 W. Division St.
The Dearborn Tavern
The owners of The Dearborn Tavern hail from Galway, Ireland, so naturally they couldn’t let their country’s national holiday pass without extra Irish flair. The popular tavern will open early at 10 a.m. on Saturday offering an additional Irish-inspired menu by Chef Aaron Cuschieri. Those specials include lamb shepherd’s pie, bangers and black truffle mash, and a corned beef reuben. Pair your Irish-inspired meal with a Bailey’s milkshake made with vanilla ice cream and Chantilly. The Dearborn Tavern, 145 N. Dearborn St.
Howells & Hood
Head to Howells & Hood for a St. Paddy’s Party on the Patio! Howells & Hood welcomes guests to the Magnificent Mile to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day just steps from the parade and dyeing of the Chicago River. On March 17, the restaurant’s annual Patio Party begins at 8 a.m. and offers a beautiful outdoor space for guests to dance to a live DJ, listen to bagpipers, get silly in the photo booth, and drink beer in true Irish fashion. Breakfast specials include Irish French Toast with raisin soda bread and black berry jelly, Pastrami Hash with crispy hash pancake, sweet peppers, onion, house pastrami, fried eggs, and salsa verde, and the Irish Benny with soda bread biscuit, rashers, grilled tomato, spinach, and Irish cheddar hollandaise. Read our brunch review of Howells & Hood here. Howells & Hood, 435 N Michigan Ave
Land & Lake Kitchen
Land & Lake Kitchen, located on the ground floor of the LondonHouse Hotel, is ideally situated just off Michigan Ave perfect for watching the Chicago River dyeing. The Midwestern inspired restaurant will be offering a variety of specials on Saturday, March 17 including a traditional Reuben with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Russian dressing on rye bread, a Corned Beef Hash with two sunny side up eggs, potatoes, Swiss, corned beef for $14 and 22 oz. Bud Light drafts for $6. Land & Lake Kitchen will open for breakfast at 7 a.m. Land & Lake Kitchen, 81 E. Upper Wacker Dr.
Where To Drink and What to Do
Lady Gregory’s Old Town Irish Pub
Lady Gregory‘s is a traditional Irish pub hidden right on Wells Street. In honor of the restaurant’s favorite holiday there will be a special menu and drink specials throughout the day such as Irish smoked salmon deviled eggs with fried egg whites and crispy capers or the Irish-themed flatbread of the day, a mouthwatering combination of corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing and caraway seed. Green beer will be flowing on the eve of the holiday and on St. Patrick’s Day itself, Jameson shots will be $5 and pints of Guinness and Irish car bombs will be $6. Nurse your St. Patrick’s Day hangover on March 18 with $5 bloodies and mimosas, or go full hair-of-the-dog with a $20 fishbowl. Lady Gregory’s, 1525 N. Well St.
Check out Sweetwater Tavern‘s annual Patio Party that begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Party in the restaurant’s outdoor space where you can mingle, listen to bagpipers, and drink beer to get in the Irish spirit. To soak up the booze, enjoy food specials such as a corned beef reuben with braised corned beef, champagne sauerkraut, Guinness caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, and whole grain whiskey mustard on toasted marble rye bread, and Shepherd’s Pie with vegetables and goat cheese potato puree, and Corned Beef Poutine with crispy fries, onion gravy, cheese curds, and herbed breadcrumbs. Sweetwater Tavern, 225 N. Michigan Ave.
River Roast is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a special pop-up restaurant! J. Hogan’s Pub will feature classic Irish pub food like bangers, corned beef, and shepherd’s pie, and a well-rounded drink menu including Guinness Stout as well as specialty Tullamore Dew cocktails. for an unbeatable Irish experience. The pop-up will be in collaboration with Tullamore D.E.W., the ultimate Irish Whiskey. No reservations are required, come thirsty and leave happy! J. Hogan’s Pub will be open from 4-10 PM on Saturday. Read our review of brunch at River Roast here. River Roast’s Reid Bar, 315 North LaSalle St.