St. Patrick's Day is more than parades, an emerald river and green beer. Restaurants have this stuff called food, and some of Chicago's finest are hosting decadent feasts this holiday. If you are going to be downtown for the parade this weekend, you're going to need some grub, and you might as well make it as festive as your goofy Leprechaun ears. So here are my favorite places to carb-load for a St. Patty's Day worth remembering.
This Mag Mile spot goes all out for the holiday. They feature a St. Patrick's Day menu with all of the Irish cuisine favorites, including shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage, and farmhouse soup. After you've watching the river turn green, head here to turn full. (24 S. Michigan Ave. 312-372-4243)
What do you want in your local spot? Comfort food, a top shelf bar, and a cheerful atmosphere certainly top many people's lists. This downtown new-kid-on-the-block features a St. Patty's Day menu of corned beef and cabbage and a performance by the Irish Rover Bagpipers. (198 E Delaware Pl. 312-280-8887)
You might want to get started early this holiday, and Public House is definitely the spot to do so. The festivities at this downtown favorite start at 8AM with a featured menu of Hot Pastrami Sliders, Irish Banger Flatbreads, and more. Rise, shine, and get your green on. (400 N State St. 312-265-1240)
Public House's sister restaurant wanted in on the early morning fun, too. This local go-to features Irish Soda Bread French Toast as one of its holiday specialty items. If you don't make it early enough, don't fret, because Bull & Bear has a killer holiday lunch menu as well. (431 N Wells St. 312-527-5973)
I have to give a shout out to one of my favorite downtown pubs for the holiday. With a cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, and a vast drink selection, this is a great spot to celebrate, especially with menu items such as Guinness-Marinated Beef and Lamb Irish Stew. Grab a hearty Irish meal to avoid grumpiness for the parade. (541 N Wells St. 312-661-1306)
Slainte!! (That's Gaelic for cheers).
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