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Shepherd’s pie and Guinness at Lady Gregory’s in Andersonville
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The 16 Essential Irish Pubs in Chicago

Where to find the best Guinness, shepherd’s pie, live music, and more

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Shepherd’s pie and Guinness at Lady Gregory’s in Andersonville
| Angela B. Garbot/Lady Gregory’s [Official Photo]

Thanks to its large population of Irish Americans — whether on the North or South side — a rip-roaring Irish pub is never too far away in Chicago. Several are historic institutions that have been around for decades, showing resiliency and perseverance as neighborhoods changed, while others are newer spots that are nonetheless steeped in tradition.

Whether looking for Guinness pints and whiskey shots, food staples like fish and chips and corned beef, or to delve deeper into Irish cuisine, St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the only time of the year to embrace that inner Irish side. New additions for 2019 include Barney Callaghan’s in Beverly and Fado in River North, while Paddy Long’s is removed.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Curragh

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6705 N Northwest Hwy
Chicago, IL 60631
(773) 774-6170
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Edison Park’s favorite Irish pub boasts 30 beers on draft, the perfect Guinness pour and a sizeable selection of whiskeys. Enjoy live music, all of the biggest games on multiple large screens and a varied menu featuring American and Irish fare, such as bangers & mash and veggie boxty.

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2. Lady Gregory's

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5254 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 271-5050
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Named after a famed Irish writer, this comfy Andersonville pub makes patrons feel right at home with its spacious interior complete with a library space and fireplace. The menu offers comforting favorites such as chicken pot pie, meatloaf and lobster mac and cheese while the drinks list has everything drinkers need with 100 beers on tap and bottle, and over 300 whiskeys.

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3. The Atlantic Bar & Grill

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5062 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 506-7790
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Soccer fanatics can catch all of the big matches every week at the Atlantic. It’s also the home for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. supporters but on Friday nights, everyone is welcome to get in on the karaoke action while sipping on house brews like the Atlantic Irish ale.

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4. The Fifth Province

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4626 N. Knox Ave, Chicago
IL, 60630
(773) 282-7035
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Head to the Irish American Heritage Center for some cultural history go along with that pint of Guinness. Learn about Ireland’s fine arts before stopping into the Fifth Province, a traditional pub for folks to gather and enjoy live music and classic fare.

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5. O'Shaughnessy's Public House

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4557 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 944-9896
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O’Shaughnessy’s is a relative upstart compared to the numerous pubs that have been around for decades, but it’s an Irish oasis for those living in Ravenswood. The wood-accented bar gives the place an authentic feel and the friendly locals will make patrons want to return to this popular hangout. Especially on the weekends for a full Irish breakfast of bangers, rashers, black and white budding, eggs, potatoes, baked beans and toast.

6. The Grafton Irish Pub & Grill

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4530 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 271-9000
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Home is where the whiskey is. Or something like that. In any case, the Grafton’s extensive whiskey collection and its relaxed atmosphere make it the perfect neighborhood spot to drop in for a pint. During the colder months, cozy up next to the fireplace, listen to some live music and soak up all the booze with a top-notch burger.

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7. Mrs Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro

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3905 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
IL, 60613
(773) 248-3905
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Billed as “contemporary Irish cuisine” in the heart of North Center, Mrs. Murphy & Sons offers a modern take on traditional fare. Eaters find dishes like fisherman’s stew, Guinness and onion soup and baked cheese rarebit alongside a selection of craft brews and whiskeys at the sister restaurant to Wrigleyville favorite Murphy’s Bleachers. The large space also houses private dining rooms that can accommodate everything from weddings to large group gatherings.

8. The Irish Oak

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3511 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 935-6669
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Wrigleyville is chockfull of the usual sports bars but the Irish Oak offers a refreshing change of pace from the norm. Stop in before or after a Cubs game and chow on staples including an Irish breakfast, fish & chips and a Guinness chicken pot pie while listening to the sounds of live music.

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9. Chief O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant

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3471 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 473-5263
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Owned and run by two Irish-born musicians, the sounds of live tunes are just as vital as the food and drinks at Chief O’Neill’s. Guests can catch live acts several nights a week and also enjoy an AYCE Friday fish fry and Sunday brunch buffet. During summer, the large back patio is a lively spot to kick back and relax over a cold beer and some Emerald Isle favorites such as braised lamb shank and Guinness-infused meatloaf.

10. Galway Arms

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2442 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 472-5555
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It doesn’t get more Irish than Sunday nights at Galway Arms. Catch live traditional Irish music sessions at this Lincoln Park favorite while noshing on classics such as shepherd’s pie, Guinness beef stew and Celtic bread and butter pudding. Like any good pub, expect a wide selection of Irish whiskeys and daily lunch specials like fish & chips.

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11. The Kerryman

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661 N Clark St, Chicago
IL, 60654
(312) 335-8121
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What was once known as punk club O’Banion’s is now one of the city’s most popular Irish bars in River North. Find fish & chips and shepherd’s pie on the menu but the restaurant also offers a more contemporary, refined take with choices like seared salmon with roasted tomato cous cous, grilled asparagus, honey herb butter and micro greens.

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12. Fado Irish Pub

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100 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 836-0066
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Yes, traditional Irish pubs still exist in Downtown Chicago, as the sprawling Fado has in River North since Irish entrepreneurs opened it in 1996. The two-floor space, which is meant to be contemporary Irish on the first floor and historic on the second, also includes a bar partially made with a 100-year-old piece reclaimed from a Dublin pub. The food aims to go beyond typical bar fare. Be prepared for massive crowds on St. Patrick’s Day.

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13. Emmit's Irish Pub

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495 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
IL, 60654
(312) 563-9631
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Although the pub’s current incarnation has only been around since 1996, the space still has plenty of history behind it. In the ‘20s, it was rumored that underground tunnels beneath the building were used by gangsters and then in 1985, cops shot and killed two men attempting an armed robbery. Today, the place remains an Irish haven—only a hop away from the Blue Line—with Jameson on tap and perhaps the best Guinness pour in town.

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14. Shinnick's Pub

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3758 S. Union
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 376-3525
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A Bridgeport staple since 1938, Shinnick’s Pub is a neighborhood dive that’s withstood the test of time. Irish through and through, the bar has been run by three generations of the Shinnick family and is a popular spot for White Sox fans due to its close proximity to the ballpark. You won’t find any green beer but the heart and spirit of the South Side Irish live here.

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15. Cork & Kerry

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10614 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 445-2675
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This South Side institution in Beverly is the place to be for White Sox games, especially with its beer garden during the summer months. The menu offers the usual lineup of pub fare including twists like Irish egg rolls (corned beef, cabbage, cheddar) Irish fries and an Irish sandwich (bacon, cheese, coleslaw, egg).

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16. Barney Callaghan's Pub

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10618 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 233-6829
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Formerly Keegan’s Pub, this Beverly staple recently underwent an extensive redesign and name change. It’s known for its Guinness pours and Bloody Marys and also offers live music, screens live matches, and holds Irish pop-ups with fiddle workshops, calligraphy workshops, and Irish dancers.

Barney Callaghan’s [Official Photo]

1. The Curragh

6705 N Northwest Hwy, Chicago, IL 60631
The Curragh [Official Photo]

Edison Park’s favorite Irish pub boasts 30 beers on draft, the perfect Guinness pour and a sizeable selection of whiskeys. Enjoy live music, all of the biggest games on multiple large screens and a varied menu featuring American and Irish fare, such as bangers & mash and veggie boxty.

6705 N Northwest Hwy
Chicago, IL 60631

2. Lady Gregory's

5254 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Lady Gregory’s [Official Photo]

Named after a famed Irish writer, this comfy Andersonville pub makes patrons feel right at home with its spacious interior complete with a library space and fireplace. The menu offers comforting favorites such as chicken pot pie, meatloaf and lobster mac and cheese while the drinks list has everything drinkers need with 100 beers on tap and bottle, and over 300 whiskeys.

5254 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

3. The Atlantic Bar & Grill

5062 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
The Atlantic [Official Photo]

Soccer fanatics can catch all of the big matches every week at the Atlantic. It’s also the home for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. supporters but on Friday nights, everyone is welcome to get in on the karaoke action while sipping on house brews like the Atlantic Irish ale.

5062 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

4. The Fifth Province

4626 N. Knox Ave, Chicago, IL, 60630
Irish American Heritage Center [Official Photo]

Head to the Irish American Heritage Center for some cultural history go along with that pint of Guinness. Learn about Ireland’s fine arts before stopping into the Fifth Province, a traditional pub for folks to gather and enjoy live music and classic fare.

4626 N. Knox Ave, Chicago
IL, 60630

5. O'Shaughnessy's Public House

4557 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

O’Shaughnessy’s is a relative upstart compared to the numerous pubs that have been around for decades, but it’s an Irish oasis for those living in Ravenswood. The wood-accented bar gives the place an authentic feel and the friendly locals will make patrons want to return to this popular hangout. Especially on the weekends for a full Irish breakfast of bangers, rashers, black and white budding, eggs, potatoes, baked beans and toast.

4557 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

6. The Grafton Irish Pub & Grill

4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
The Grafton [Official Photo]

Home is where the whiskey is. Or something like that. In any case, the Grafton’s extensive whiskey collection and its relaxed atmosphere make it the perfect neighborhood spot to drop in for a pint. During the colder months, cozy up next to the fireplace, listen to some live music and soak up all the booze with a top-notch burger.

4530 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

7. Mrs Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro

3905 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL, 60613

Billed as “contemporary Irish cuisine” in the heart of North Center, Mrs. Murphy & Sons offers a modern take on traditional fare. Eaters find dishes like fisherman’s stew, Guinness and onion soup and baked cheese rarebit alongside a selection of craft brews and whiskeys at the sister restaurant to Wrigleyville favorite Murphy’s Bleachers. The large space also houses private dining rooms that can accommodate everything from weddings to large group gatherings.

3905 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
IL, 60613

8. The Irish Oak

3511 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
The Irish Oak [Official Photo]

Wrigleyville is chockfull of the usual sports bars but the Irish Oak offers a refreshing change of pace from the norm. Stop in before or after a Cubs game and chow on staples including an Irish breakfast, fish & chips and a Guinness chicken pot pie while listening to the sounds of live music.

3511 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

9. Chief O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant

3471 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Owned and run by two Irish-born musicians, the sounds of live tunes are just as vital as the food and drinks at Chief O’Neill’s. Guests can catch live acts several nights a week and also enjoy an AYCE Friday fish fry and Sunday brunch buffet. During summer, the large back patio is a lively spot to kick back and relax over a cold beer and some Emerald Isle favorites such as braised lamb shank and Guinness-infused meatloaf.

3471 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

10. Galway Arms

2442 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Galway Arms [Official Photo]

It doesn’t get more Irish than Sunday nights at Galway Arms. Catch live traditional Irish music sessions at this Lincoln Park favorite while noshing on classics such as shepherd’s pie, Guinness beef stew and Celtic bread and butter pudding. Like any good pub, expect a wide selection of Irish whiskeys and daily lunch specials like fish & chips.

2442 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

11. The Kerryman

661 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, 60654
The Kerryman [Official Photo]

What was once known as punk club O’Banion’s is now one of the city’s most popular Irish bars in River North. Find fish & chips and shepherd’s pie on the menu but the restaurant also offers a more contemporary, refined take with choices like seared salmon with roasted tomato cous cous, grilled asparagus, honey herb butter and micro greens.

661 N Clark St, Chicago
IL, 60654

12. Fado Irish Pub

100 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
Fado Irish Pub [Official Photo]

Yes, traditional Irish pubs still exist in Downtown Chicago, as the sprawling Fado has in River North since Irish entrepreneurs opened it in 1996. The two-floor space, which is meant to be contemporary Irish on the first floor and historic on the second, also includes a bar partially made with a 100-year-old piece reclaimed from a Dublin pub. The food aims to go beyond typical bar fare. Be prepared for massive crowds on St. Patrick’s Day.

100 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

13. Emmit's Irish Pub

495 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, 60654
Emmit’s Irish Pub [Official Photo]

Although the pub’s current incarnation has only been around since 1996, the space still has plenty of history behind it. In the ‘20s, it was rumored that underground tunnels beneath the building were used by gangsters and then in 1985, cops shot and killed two men attempting an armed robbery. Today, the place remains an Irish haven—only a hop away from the Blue Line—with Jameson on tap and perhaps the best Guinness pour in town.

495 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
IL, 60654

14. Shinnick's Pub

3758 S. Union, Chicago, IL 60609
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

A Bridgeport staple since 1938, Shinnick’s Pub is a neighborhood dive that’s withstood the test of time. Irish through and through, the bar has been run by three generations of the Shinnick family and is a popular spot for White Sox fans due to its close proximity to the ballpark. You won’t find any green beer but the heart and spirit of the South Side Irish live here.

3758 S. Union
Chicago, IL 60609

15. Cork & Kerry

10614 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643
Cork & Kerry [Official Photo]

This South Side institution in Beverly is the place to be for White Sox games, especially with its beer garden during the summer months. The menu offers the usual lineup of pub fare including twists like Irish egg rolls (corned beef, cabbage, cheddar) Irish fries and an Irish sandwich (bacon, cheese, coleslaw, egg).

10614 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643

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16. Barney Callaghan's Pub

10618 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643
Barney Callaghan’s [Official Photo]

Formerly Keegan’s Pub, this Beverly staple recently underwent an extensive redesign and name change. It’s known for its Guinness pours and Bloody Marys and also offers live music, screens live matches, and holds Irish pop-ups with fiddle workshops, calligraphy workshops, and Irish dancers.

10618 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643

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