Start preparing because St. Patrick's Day is nearly upon us. Put on some green, have a hearty Irish breakfast and participate in a little debauchery. If that's not your thing and you'd rather have a more relaxing, traditional meal with corned beef, cabbage and the like, our guide has got you covered as well. So get out there and celebrate like everyone's Irish this weekend (although we'll certainly understand if you don't want to brave the masses).Read More
Erin Go Bragh: Your St. Patrick's Day Guide
The Barrelhouse Flat
The Barrelhouse Flat will celebrate St. Paddy’s Day but opening early at 11 a.m. on Saturday and feature a special menu for the day. Go wild with drinks like the Car Bomb, Shamrock Shake, Irish Coffee, and Bloody Mary (Leprechaun: In the Hood Edition). Soak it all up with some fried boxty and corned beef ($7), smoked whitefish crostine ($11), and a fish fry ($14).
Start the day off right with a full Irish breakfast and whiskey brunch punch. Options include fried egg, bangers, rashers, black and white pudding, wild mushrooms, roasted tomato and toasted Irish brown bread as well as sides such as oysters and Guinness mignonette and smoked wild Irish salmon. The Irish breakfast will be available a la carte for $24 per person.
Get out of bed early and into Public House for its annual Wake & Shake party from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Party goers will enjoy an open bar and breakfast bites including hot pastrami sliders, Irish banger flatbreads, poutinecups, and sausage, egg and cheese croissants. Drink specials will also be available throughout the day such as $3 Bud Light bottles, $5 22 oz. green beer chug mug pours, $5 Jameson shots and $8 car bombs. Purchase tickets to the event online.
Chef Patricio Sandoval puts an Irish twist on things with a special crispy corned beef taco with braised cabbage-potato slaw, cured onions and horseradish-habanero aioli. The special will be available all weekend from Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17 for $15.50 for an order of four tacos.
Watch the dyeing of the Chicago River at Bridge Bar’s ticketed breakfast buffet from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For $30 per person, enjoy scrambled eggs sausage, ham, corned beef hash, potatoes O’Brien, baked beans, buttermilk biscuits and two complimentary drinks. Drink specials include green beer ($4), Guinness ($6), Bloody Marys ($7), Magners Cider ($6) and Jameson Jello Shots (2 for $5).
Celebrate on top of the city as Epic will open early at 9.am. on Saturday for a pre-parade bash followed by an all-day party. Specials include $5 Jameson Black Barrel shots, $5 Guinness, and $6 corned beef.
Moonshine is going green for the weekend with St Patrick’s Day specials on Friday through Sunday. Channel your inner Irish by indulging in corned beef sliders ($2), corned beef and cabbage dinner ($12), Moonshine’s Southside Stout ($3 or $10 pitchers), Moonshine Car Bombs ($6) and more. On Saturday, stop in for Kegs and Eggs. Guests can purchase a shuttle ticket for $25 which includes a ride to and from the parade, endless Green Coors Light between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and eggs and corned beef hash for breakfast.
Avoid the large crowds and enjoy some non-traditional St. Pat’s favorites on Saturday and Sunday. Dinner specials include braised corned beef and cabbage with rye gnocchi ($21) and Guinness-baked cipollini onion soup with soda bread ($8), as well as cocktail specials like the Jameson Hot Toddy ($10).
Hash House A Go Go
Stop in Saturday morning for a corned beef and eggs breakfast buffet from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Other St. Paddy’s Day specials include the signature corned beef hash ($7.77), the Pub Crawl Sandwich ($9.99) and the corned beef and cabbage dinner ($12.99). Diners will also receive a complimentary green beer with every special ordered.
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap
Get a jump start on the day’s festivities with Jake Melnick’s Pre-Soak Breakfast on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The $5 breakfast features Guinness pancakes, corned beef brisket hash, and “green” pesto Portobello omelets with Irish cheddar. And wash it down with $5 green Schlitz brews all day long.
Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Frasca will put an Irish twist on its menu with the Guinness Pizza ($13). Served exclusively on Sunday, March 17, the pie features a real Guinness stout crust topped with béchamel sauce, roasted onions, fingerling potatoes, bacon, three cheeses and an egg.
RA Sushi Bar Restaurant
Try something a little different this year at RA Sushi’s St. Patrick’s Day bash. Enjoy the “Clover Roll,” a twist on the Crunchy Calamari Roll, or other specials such as pineapple cheese wontons ($4.25) or the Viva Las Vegas Roll ($7.25). Wash it down with $3 Green Bud Light drafts, $4 Green Guinness’ or $5 Jameson drinks.
The Berghoff Restaurant
Forget the hassle of cooking for a crowd and let Berghoff cater your St. Patrick’s Day party instead. Choose from classic fare such as shepherd’s pie with Irish soda bread, Irish sausage with colecannon potatoes, corned beef with potatoes and cabbage, and Guinness chocolate cake.
Get lucky with some shamrock-inspired creations at Magnolia Bakery. The St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake ($3.50) features vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with buttercream, decorated with Irish shamrocks and clovers.