Between Saint Patrick’s Day and March Madness, there are a lot of brunching opportunities this month! From Shamrock shakes, to Guinness cupcakes, the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day kicks off with the dyeing of the Chicago River bright and early at 9:15 a.m. this Saturday, March 14. We suggest that you head to the corner of Michigan and Wacker for the best views of the emerald green river. Continue the celebration by heading to the parade, which starts at noon on the corner of Balbo Drive and Columbus Drive.
For those of us that want to couple these Chicago Irish traditions with a St. Patty’s day brunch, or, for those who want to skip the festivities all together and head straight to the mimosa’s, green ale, and lucky charm covered doughnuts, we’ve compiled a list of our top brunch spots to honor St. Pat.
Trendy Hotel Brunch
Slaìnte! Rebar Revelry at the Trump International Hotel & Tower is offering a fancy pants brunch complete with Shamrocktinis and grilled Guinness bratwursts inspired by the “Luck O’ Irish.” The restaurant is starting bright and early at 8 a.m., which means prime real estate to view the 9:15 a.m. dyeing of the river. Might want to call ahead for this one. 401 North Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. (312) 588-8034.
Guinness, Guinness Blonde, Smithwicks, Smithwicks Pale Ale, and Harp are all on tap, just steps from the Chicago River at Howells & Hood. Starting at 9 a.m. they ‘ll offer a traditional Irish breakfast that is sure to hold you over for the rest of the day. 435 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. (312) 262-5310.
Elevated Irish Pub Experience
Whether Irish for life or Irish for a day, enjoy authentic menu specials and live music just blocks from the emerald dyed river at The Gage. Brunch begins at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday. 24 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603. (312) 372-4243.
Meet your friends for bottomless brunch on Saturday at LOKal in Wicker Park! Get your fill of bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys starting at 9 a.m. Did we mention their farm fresh menu is on point? The brunch booze package is available from 9 a.m. through 3:30 p.m., limit 7 (yikes!). 1904 W. North Avenue Chicago, IL. (773) 904-8113.
Mystic Celt is the Irish bar in Lakeview to kick off Parade Day! The already very Irish brunch menu will be accompanied by bagpipes and Irish dancing to complete the experience. Dine on complimentary brunch from 8-11 a.m. to fuel you through a day of green beer shenanigans! 3443 North Southport Ave Chicago, IL. (773) 529-8550.
Sweet Tooth Brunches
Boozy pancakes coupled with a BYOB policy? Sign us up! Don’t skip Birchwood Kitchen’s made from scratch ricotta fritter cakes topped with a Guinness crème anglaise, offered this Saturday starting at 9 a.m. As mentioned, it’s a BYOB establishment, so bring along a bottle of bubbly to this Wicker Park favorite. 2211 West North Ave., Chicago, IL 60647. (773) 276-2100.
Butch McGuire’s will be replacing their Saturday brunch with an Irish Brunch Buffet from 8-11 a.m. on Parade Day, but that’s no excuse to miss the menu favorite: Car Bomb French Toast! Head in to nurse your green beer hangover on Sunday for texas toast dipped in a batter of Bailey’s and Guinness and topped with Jameson maple syrup! 20 W. Division St Chicago, IL 60610. (312) 787-4318.
Classic Irish Pub
Celebrate with bagpipes and brunch at Fado Irish Pub in River North. Doors open early at 7:30 a.m. on Parade Day for traditional European sports and plenty of cocktails. The full Irish brunch menu will be available until 11 a.m. with a special Parade Brunch Menu served after 11am and live music all day. Enjoy a double dose of brunch and visit Fado on actual St. Patrick’s Day with full menu starting at 9 a.m. 100 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654. (312) 836-0066.