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Where to Dine and Drink for St. Patrick's Day

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St. Patrick's Day festivities will be taking place this weekend and to get you into the spirit, we've rounded up a list of places around the city that will be offering food and drink specials. Whether it's pizza or green fondue, there's something for everyone. And of course, there will be plenty of corned beef and Guinness alongside other Irish favorites, so don some green and go celebrate. After all, everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day.

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The Dawson

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The Dawson will open early on March 15 at 10 a.m. and feature a St. Patrick’s Day food menu featuring playful takes on corned beef and other favorites. The 150-seat patio will also be open for the first time, and a live band will be playing all day.

Commonwealth Tavern

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Commonwealth will offer $5 Guinness drafts and $4 Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale on March 16-17 along with a $15 homemade corned beef with cabbage and potatoes entrée.

Chicago Cut Steakhouse

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Chicago Cut will offer a corn beef and cabbage special ($25) as well as an Irish mint milkshake ($7) all week long, March 10-17.

The Gage

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A special a la carte menu will be available Friday through Monday. Offerings include Irish potato-ale soup ($12), Guinness braised brisket pot pie ($17), corned beef sandwich ($14), housemade corned beef ($20), and Irish chocolate cake ($9).

The Refinery

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Enjoy classic and "refined" Irish dishes all weekend long, featuring Irish fish pie, lamb stew, scotch eggs, chocolate Guinness cake and more.

Chicago Q

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Those headed downtown this weekend can stop by Chicago q on the way for some cash-and-carry pulled pork sandwiches. Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the restaurant will offer the special for $8 along with your choice of sauce. Diners eating in will have a corned beef with fingerling potatoes, cabbage and carrots option ($17 for lunch/$22 for dinner).

Honey Butter Fried Chicken

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HBFC is returning to its underground roots with a sit-down dinner on Monday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. The five-course meal will include dishes such as coriander-cured salmon, smoked curry pork belly and chocolate stout cake along with a “Chicago River” cocktail. The cost is $85 per person and reservations can be made by calling 773-478-4000.

Bar Pastoral

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Join Bar Pastoral for an alternative St. Patrick’s Day event—a cheese and beer tasting on Sunday, March 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and proceeds will benefit the American Cheese Education Foundation’s Daphne Zepos Teaching Award.

Howells & Hood

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Start Saturday off at Howells & Hood with an Irish breakfast beginning at 10 a.m. Other St. Paddy’s Day dishes offered throughout the day include colcannon brandade, , corned beef and cabbage, and corned beef sandwich.

Bellwether

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Bellwether with Irish favorites including Drunken Shepherd’s Pie, corned beef and cabbage and Irish spring rolls. Wash it down with some Irish beers and drink specials such as $10 Bloody Marys and $5 Tullamore Dew shots.

Bridge House Tavern

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If you’re headed down for the dyeing of the river, Bridge House Tavern will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 15. A $10 entry fee will benefit Best Buddies Illinois and another $10 will get you a traditional Irish breakfast buffet. There will be live entertainment from the Shannon Rovers as well as giveaways.

Division Ale House

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Start the day off right with Kegs & Eggs at Division Ale House on Saturday, March 15. Available from 9 a.m. to noon, the $25 meal package includes 1 breakfast entrée and green beers, mimosas or Bloody Marys (6 drink limit). There will also be a live DJ spinning and an Irish pipe band performance at 5 p.m. In addition, a special menu will be offered from March 15-17 with items such as Irish stew, corned beef spring rolls, Irish nachos, Irish breakfast, shepherd’s pie and more.

Vie Restaurant

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Enjoy a family-style Irish feast on Sunday, March 16 from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Options include Smoked Rushing Waters Trout, Smoked Pork, CDK Ranch Corned Beef and Shamrock Sugar Cookies. The cost is $40 per person.

Doors open at 9 a.m. for Quay’s St. Patrick’s Day party. $30 gets you entry, an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and 5 drink tickets. All day specials include $8 Irish Car Bombs, $6 Guinness draft, $5 Jameson and $5 green Miller Lite drafts, along with a St. Paddy’s Day food menu. Tickets can be purchased online.

Glunz Tavern

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The Glunz Tavern will offer Irish classics this weekend, March 14-17. Menu specials include house-cured corned beef sandwiches ($6), corned beef with potatoes, carrots, onion and Irish soda bread ($14), Irish cream chocolate cheesecake ($8), and Irish Whiskey Cupcakes ($6). Guinness will be on tap for $7 along with Irish coffee with homemade clotted cream ($10).

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

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Gibson’s will offer diners the traditional corned beef and cabbage with carrots and red potatoes for lunch ($15.50) and dinner ($19.50), available March 15-17.

DMK Burger Bar

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Stop in for a Shamrock Shake, made with mint chocolate chip ice cream mixed with Lucky Charms, available during March. Then on St. Patrick’s Day, taste the holiday flavors with Irish stew-loaded fries—a pile of fries smothered in classic lamb stew with carrots, celery and onions.

Smoke Daddy

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Smoke Daddy is bringing back its Smoked Reuben Sandwich al week long leading up to St. Patrick’s Day (March 10-17). The $8 sandwich features thinly sliced corned beef topped with coleslaw and Swiss cheese, served on toasted rye.

Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar

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The famous Guinness pizza ($13) makes its return on St. Patrick’s Day, featuring a Guinness stout crust, béchamel sauce, roasted onions, fingerling potatoes, bacon, three cheeses and an egg.

City Dough

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Get in the Irish spirit with City Dough’s Paddy’s Day specials throughout the weekend, March 14-16. The menu includes Guinness Cheddar Soup ($3 cup/$6 bowl), corned beef and cabbage burger ($12) and Guinness beef stew ($12). On Saturday and Sunday, enjoy brunch options such as Irish Eggs Benedict ($12) and St. Patrick’s Boat potato skins filled with eggs, cheese and corned beef ($12). Wash it down with $3 Guinness and $5 Jameson.

Q will offer a smoked corned beef sandwich and corned beef plate at its three locations through March 31.

Geja's Cafe

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Dip into your own lucky Irish pot as Geja’s will offer a special green cheese fondue as well as 4 leaf clover rice crispy treats for the chocolate fondue on Monday, March 17. Drink specials include $3 Guinness cans alongside specialty Irish cocktails like the Blarney Stone and Irish coffee.

Kanela Breakfast Club

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Diners who wear green on Saturday, March 15 will receive a complimentary order of Loukamades, Greek doughnuts with lemon honey syrup and toasted walnuts.

The Clark Street Dog

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Clark St. Dog is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all month long with specials like the St. Paddy Burger with corned beef ($7.69), corned beef sandwich ($5.19) and Irish breakfast ($8). Drink deals include Bud Light green beer ($3), Guinness cans ($5) and Irish Car Bombs ($7).

L. Woods Tap And Pine Lodge

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L. Woods will have a weeklong St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Diners with a stamp from Ireland on their passport will received a plate of complimentary corned beef and cabbage on Thursday, March 13 while children wearing green will eat free from the kids menu during lunch hours on March 15. On St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy $4 Guinness pints all day.

The Dawson

The Dawson will open early on March 15 at 10 a.m. and feature a St. Patrick’s Day food menu featuring playful takes on corned beef and other favorites. The 150-seat patio will also be open for the first time, and a live band will be playing all day.

Commonwealth Tavern

Commonwealth will offer $5 Guinness drafts and $4 Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale on March 16-17 along with a $15 homemade corned beef with cabbage and potatoes entrée.

Chicago Cut Steakhouse

Chicago Cut will offer a corn beef and cabbage special ($25) as well as an Irish mint milkshake ($7) all week long, March 10-17.

The Gage

A special a la carte menu will be available Friday through Monday. Offerings include Irish potato-ale soup ($12), Guinness braised brisket pot pie ($17), corned beef sandwich ($14), housemade corned beef ($20), and Irish chocolate cake ($9).

The Refinery

Enjoy classic and "refined" Irish dishes all weekend long, featuring Irish fish pie, lamb stew, scotch eggs, chocolate Guinness cake and more.

Chicago Q

Those headed downtown this weekend can stop by Chicago q on the way for some cash-and-carry pulled pork sandwiches. Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the restaurant will offer the special for $8 along with your choice of sauce. Diners eating in will have a corned beef with fingerling potatoes, cabbage and carrots option ($17 for lunch/$22 for dinner).

Honey Butter Fried Chicken

HBFC is returning to its underground roots with a sit-down dinner on Monday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. The five-course meal will include dishes such as coriander-cured salmon, smoked curry pork belly and chocolate stout cake along with a “Chicago River” cocktail. The cost is $85 per person and reservations can be made by calling 773-478-4000.

Bar Pastoral

Join Bar Pastoral for an alternative St. Patrick’s Day event—a cheese and beer tasting on Sunday, March 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and proceeds will benefit the American Cheese Education Foundation’s Daphne Zepos Teaching Award.

Howells & Hood

Start Saturday off at Howells & Hood with an Irish breakfast beginning at 10 a.m. Other St. Paddy’s Day dishes offered throughout the day include colcannon brandade, , corned beef and cabbage, and corned beef sandwich.