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Shamrock Shakes date back to 1970 for McDonald’s.
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Where to Find St. Patrick’s Day-Themed Milkshakes and Drinks in Chicago

Shamrock Shakes are nice, but they don’t have booze

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Shamrock Shakes date back to 1970 for McDonald’s.
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As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, many Chicagoans and tourists will converge downtown to drink green beer, watch workers dye the Chicago River green, or eat corned beef. Another emerging tradition is St. Patrick’s Day milkshakes inspired by McDonald’s venerable Shamrock Shakes, a tradition started in 1970. Several Chicago bars and restaurants also add alcohol to give grown ups a feeling more than nostalgia. For those who don’t need the booze, there are also a few drinks safe for children.

Remember, just like Shamrock Shakes, these drinks are available for a limited time only. St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, March 17 and the city will dye the river green the day before on Saturday, March 16. The South Side Irish Parade is on Sunday, March 17. Irish pub workers along Western Avenue on the South Side may laugh at customers asking for a milkshake, so it’s good to have alternatives.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mini Mott

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3057 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647

Over at Mini Mott in Logan Square, the burger-focused spinoff from Mott Street, they’re making a Cloverphyll-Mint Shake. Inspired by McDonald’s, this cake shake has a sweet cream base and a shot of chlorophyll that’s blended with peppermint oil. It comes with a piece of Belgium bittersweet chocolate cake.

Mini Mott’s Cloverphyll-Mint Shake
Mini Mott/Casey VanderStel

2. Pork & Mindy's

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1623 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 799-8759
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Sandwich King Jeff Mauro’s shop, Pork & Mindy’s, is getting festive near Wicker Park’s largest intersection, selling a shortbread-topped Irish Coffee ‘Nado shake. There’s also a location inside the Forum 55 food court. The special lasts through the month.

Pork & Mindy’s shortbread-topped Irish Coffee ‘Nado shake.
Pork & Mindy’s [Official Photo]

3. The Violet Hour

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1520 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-1500
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This one isn’t a shake, but it’s inspired by McDonald’s. Violet Hour, Wicker Park’s pioneering cocktail bar, presents the Chapuline. It’s a play on the Spanish word for grasshopper and the cocktail. It’s house-made creme de menthe and Marie Brizard’s White Cacao liqueur with a splash of pisco. There’s also heavy cream added before shaken with ice and served in a chilled glass. It’s available until March 31.

Violet Hour’s Chapuline
Violet Hour [Official Photo]

4. Charm'd

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3505 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(866) 875-8259
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Management turned Deuce’s and The Diamond Club into a pop-up venue in Wrigleyville during the Cubs’s offseason. Charm’d is a massive St. Patrick’s Day pop-up that goes through March with a menu that includes three boozy shakes. The Shamrock Shake is mint chocolate chip ice cream, Thin Mint cookies, chocolate shavings, whipped cream, cherries and optional peppermint Schnapps booze buddy.

Charm’d’s Shamrock Shake
Charm’d [Official Photo]

5. BomboBar

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832 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 967-7000
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BomboBar is the dessert shop part of Bar Siena in West Loop. It generates many Instagram posts. Through March it offers the Mint Chocolate Hotter Chocolate. It tastes like a Girl Scout cookie with hot chocolate, mint marshmallows, green cotton candy, Lucky Charms marshmallows, and topped with a clover cookie and mini bomboloni.

Mint Chocolate Hotter Chocolate
BomboBar [Official Photo]

6. Portillo's Hot Dogs

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520 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 667-4560
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Portillo’s, the Chicago mini-chain, has two city locations and is know for its hot dogs and Italian beefs. They’re serving mint-chocolate-vanilla shakes with chocolate frosting from their chocolate cakes. It’s available through March 31.

Portillo’s mint-chocolate shakes
Portillo’s [Official Photo]

7. M Burger

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100 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 578-1478
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Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’s M Burger is a Midwest sort of answer to In-N-Out Burger. It’s got three locations. For March they’ve got a Minty Leprechaun Shake with vanilla ice cream and crushed mint chocolates.

M Burger’s Minty Leprechaun Shake
Lettuce Entertain You/Anjali Pinto

8. Hard Rock Cafe

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63 W Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 943-2252
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The Chicago location of Hard Rock Cafe is near the former location of the Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s. The McDonald’s was torn down, but Hard Rock plays on and they’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with limited edition shake with sprinkles.

Hard Rock Cafe’s St. Patrick’s Day shake.
Hard Rock Cafe [Official Photo]

9. JoJo's Milk Bar

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23 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 624-8963
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Recently opened on Hubbard Street, JoJo’s Milk Bar has plenty of boozy desserts. Its Irish Milk Bomb has a mint chocolate base and “pot o’ gold sprinkled collar” topped with whipped cream, a rainbow candy ribbon, a chocolate-covered Leprechaun marshmallow, a shamrock sugar cookie. Shot of Jameson comes optional.

Jojo’s Milk Bar’s Irish Milk Bomb
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10. Booth One

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1301 N State Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 649-0535
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Booth One, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’s Pump Room update in Gold Coast, sells a grasshopper with crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and cream.

Booth One’s Grasshopper
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11. Public House

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400 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 265-1240
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Famous for desserts in River North, Public House’s shake of the month is the Patty Cake Shake. It’s made with mint chocolate chip ice cream and Guinness. Topped with a slice of rainbow cake, it comes with a glass covered in vanilla buttercream and rolled in Lucky Charms cereal. 

Public House’s Patty Cake Shake
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12. Beacon Tavern

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405 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 955-4226
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Somewhat hidden in River North, Beacon Tavern will hopefully soon have its windows open for spring. It’s serving a Guinness Cake & Shake (chocolate cake, cream cheese frosting, mint chip shake). It would make sense to serve Shamrock Shakes since Billy Lawless’s restaurant was a former McDonald’s.

Beacon Tavern’s Guinness Cake & Shake.
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1. Mini Mott

3057 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647
Mini Mott’s Cloverphyll-Mint Shake
Mini Mott/Casey VanderStel

Over at Mini Mott in Logan Square, the burger-focused spinoff from Mott Street, they’re making a Cloverphyll-Mint Shake. Inspired by McDonald’s, this cake shake has a sweet cream base and a shot of chlorophyll that’s blended with peppermint oil. It comes with a piece of Belgium bittersweet chocolate cake.

3057 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647

2. Pork & Mindy's

1623 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Pork & Mindy’s shortbread-topped Irish Coffee ‘Nado shake.
Pork & Mindy’s [Official Photo]

Sandwich King Jeff Mauro’s shop, Pork & Mindy’s, is getting festive near Wicker Park’s largest intersection, selling a shortbread-topped Irish Coffee ‘Nado shake. There’s also a location inside the Forum 55 food court. The special lasts through the month.

1623 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

3. The Violet Hour

1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Violet Hour’s Chapuline
Violet Hour [Official Photo]

This one isn’t a shake, but it’s inspired by McDonald’s. Violet Hour, Wicker Park’s pioneering cocktail bar, presents the Chapuline. It’s a play on the Spanish word for grasshopper and the cocktail. It’s house-made creme de menthe and Marie Brizard’s White Cacao liqueur with a splash of pisco. There’s also heavy cream added before shaken with ice and served in a chilled glass. It’s available until March 31.

1520 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

4. Charm'd

3505 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
Charm’d’s Shamrock Shake
Charm’d [Official Photo]

Management turned Deuce’s and The Diamond Club into a pop-up venue in Wrigleyville during the Cubs’s offseason. Charm’d is a massive St. Patrick’s Day pop-up that goes through March with a menu that includes three boozy shakes. The Shamrock Shake is mint chocolate chip ice cream, Thin Mint cookies, chocolate shavings, whipped cream, cherries and optional peppermint Schnapps booze buddy.

3505 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

5. BomboBar

832 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Mint Chocolate Hotter Chocolate
BomboBar [Official Photo]

BomboBar is the dessert shop part of Bar Siena in West Loop. It generates many Instagram posts. Through March it offers the Mint Chocolate Hotter Chocolate. It tastes like a Girl Scout cookie with hot chocolate, mint marshmallows, green cotton candy, Lucky Charms marshmallows, and topped with a clover cookie and mini bomboloni.

832 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

6. Portillo's Hot Dogs

520 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607
Portillo’s mint-chocolate shakes
Portillo’s [Official Photo]

Portillo’s, the Chicago mini-chain, has two city locations and is know for its hot dogs and Italian beefs. They’re serving mint-chocolate-vanilla shakes with chocolate frosting from their chocolate cakes. It’s available through March 31.

520 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607

7. M Burger

100 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
M Burger’s Minty Leprechaun Shake
Lettuce Entertain You/Anjali Pinto

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’s M Burger is a Midwest sort of answer to In-N-Out Burger. It’s got three locations. For March they’ve got a Minty Leprechaun Shake with vanilla ice cream and crushed mint chocolates.

100 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601

8. Hard Rock Cafe

63 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654
Hard Rock Cafe’s St. Patrick’s Day shake.
Hard Rock Cafe [Official Photo]

The Chicago location of Hard Rock Cafe is near the former location of the Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s. The McDonald’s was torn down, but Hard Rock plays on and they’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with limited edition shake with sprinkles.

63 W Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60654

9. JoJo's Milk Bar

23 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
Jojo’s Milk Bar’s Irish Milk Bomb
Jojo’s Milk Bar [Official Photo]

Recently opened on Hubbard Street, JoJo’s Milk Bar has plenty of boozy desserts. Its Irish Milk Bomb has a mint chocolate base and “pot o’ gold sprinkled collar” topped with whipped cream, a rainbow candy ribbon, a chocolate-covered Leprechaun marshmallow, a shamrock sugar cookie. Shot of Jameson comes optional.

23 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

10. Booth One

1301 N State Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60610
Booth One’s Grasshopper
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises [Official Photo]

Booth One, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’s Pump Room update in Gold Coast, sells a grasshopper with crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and cream.

1301 N State Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60610

11. Public House

400 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
Public House’s Patty Cake Shake
Public House [Official Photo]

Famous for desserts in River North, Public House’s shake of the month is the Patty Cake Shake. It’s made with mint chocolate chip ice cream and Guinness. Topped with a slice of rainbow cake, it comes with a glass covered in vanilla buttercream and rolled in Lucky Charms cereal. 

400 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

12. Beacon Tavern

405 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Beacon Tavern’s Guinness Cake & Shake.
Beacon Tavern [Official Photo]

Somewhat hidden in River North, Beacon Tavern will hopefully soon have its windows open for spring. It’s serving a Guinness Cake & Shake (chocolate cake, cream cheese frosting, mint chip shake). It would make sense to serve Shamrock Shakes since Billy Lawless’s restaurant was a former McDonald’s.

405 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

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