Chicago St. Patrick's Day brings festive Irish Americans and people from all cultures together. It's an all day/night affair where you're encouraged to wear green (to avoid being pinched), can go out on a weekday without judgement, and with a little luck o' the Irish, won't feel the consequences of your actions in the morning. As a big city with a lot to do, naturally Chicago goes all out for St. Patrick's Day.
Check out some best bets on this St. Paddy's Day 2016 party primer:
For the Irish, and Irish at heart...
Try The Kerryman's Parade Day Party
If you're Irish, or just like a good pint of Guinness, you might have the most fun in an Irish pub. The Kerryman Irish Bar & Restaurant (located in the rollicking River North neighborhood) is a great place to park yourself for St. Patrick's Day, and they have several March 12 parade day wristband specials starting at $35.
For the music lover...
Try Fado's Irish Pub
Fadó is another downtown Irish bar offering specials on parade day as well as St. Patrick's Day, with the added bonus that it is Irish-owned and operated. Another distinction? There are three floors to explore in this tri-level space. But the real draw is their amazing music line up. You'll get a taste of traditional Irish music, pipers and Celtic rock while enjoying your favorite Irish beers. As they put it: Don't just party hard. Paddy hard. A $10/per person cover gets you in.
For the hipster...
Try the Duck Inn St. Patrick's Backyard Bash.
Make a weekend out of it — this event on March 13 falls the day after the river dyeing and downtown parade and before the official St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy the beginning of spring at this patio party in the Bridgeport neighborhood. And because Sunday Funday is one of the most important days of the week, this party goes from noon til dusk. Did I mention all you can eat pizza by Chef Kevin Hickey? Tickets are available for purchase on their website for $20/person.
For the all-day, everyday partier...
Try Howells & Hood
Because a true Chicago partier knows that St. Patrick's Day isn't just one day, it's really about the whole week. As such, Howells & Hood is steps from all the action on The Magnificent Mile and has plenty of Chicago St. Patrick's Day events from March 11-17, including:
- Guinness Post-Parade Party
- St. Patrick's Day food specials
- Free Guinness glass engraving
- The chance to pour your own pint
Make sure to check them out for at least one of these great events!
For the big spender...
Try Travelle's "A View From Above"
The Langham Hotel's luxe restaurant Travelle has the best seat in the house to watch the river turn green from above on March 12. Come in starting at 8 a.m. with a special brunch buffet that's $50/person and includes a mimosa or Guinness; classic breakfast favorites plus an oatmeal bar, seafood spread, build-your-own smoothie bar, and a pastry treat created by Pastry Chef Scott Green. A credit card is required for all reservations, which can be made by visiting ww.travellechicago.com or calling (312) 923-7705. Make reservations as soon as possible to guarantee your spot!
For the BIG big spender...
Try the Top O' The Morning Package at Trump Hotel Chicago
The total package, Trump offers views (think floor-to-ceiling "skybox" windows), premium tipples to toast to (from a make-your-own Irish coffee bar to a Tullamore Dew Whiskey Tasting) and a decadent brunch, plus a mix of entertainment to top it off — DJ music, Irish dancers and bagpipe players. The March 12 St. Patrick’s Day party in the Bridgeview Room will be held from 8 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and is $120/person exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required so call (312) 588-8131 or purchase tickets online through Eventbrite:http://bit.ly/
Where will you be celebrating Chicago St. Patrick's Day? Is there a great party we missed? Share your thoughts in the comments!