By Emma Sarran | March 11, 2015 | Lifestyle
Just because you’re out of college doesn’t mean you have to stop celebrating St. Paddy’s Day (March 17). Here are 25 adult-acceptable festivities you can fully enjoy over the next week to embrace that good ‘ol luck of the Irish.
1. Get your Guinness with your food.
All week, Weber Grill is offering an Irish take on one of its most popular dishes, Beer Can Chicken, with a Guinness—can it get any better than that?
2. Hydrate (with an IV) to counteract all that beer.
IVme Hydration Clinic holds locations in Old Town and the West Loop, and is gearing up for St. Paddy’s Day with specials like the Hangover IV that pumps fluids, vitamins, and medications into your body to counteract the inevitable headache and nausea that comes after all the partying.
3. Go Greek in honor of the Irish.
Irish food not your thing? Head over to Kanela Breakfast Club on the Irish holiday for a complimentary order of Loukoumades, which are donuts with a Greek twist. There’s one catch, though: You have to wear green—it is St. Paddy’s, after all.
4. Sip on green cocktails all day long.
Take a break from the parade on Saturday with an indulgent Mint Whip cocktail at The Florentine. The festive beverage is made with Stolichnaya Vanilla Vodka, Varnelli Caffé Moka, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and mint-infused whip cream.
5. Ramen gets an Irish makeover.
Even Slurping Turtle is getting in on the action with the addition of its corned beef and cabbage ramen, available from March 14-17.
6. Satisfy your sweet tooth with festive desserts.
Grab chocolate (or more specifically, Bavarian fudge) donuts shaped like four-leaf clovers at Glazed and Infused from March 13-17.
7. Eat, drink, and dance your way through a post-parade brunch.
Head over to Howells & Hood for its Annual Guinness Post-Parade Party on Saturday, starting bright and early at 9 a.m. Fill up on a traditional Irish Breakfast before dancing off the calories to the beats of the in-house DJ—don't forget the photo booth.
8. Shake it up.
Treat yourself to M Burger’s special shakes offered throughout the month. Choose between the Grasshopper made with crushed chocolate sandwich cookies, or the Minty Leprechaun served with crushed mint cookies. Or get both—no one's judging.
9. Eat green pizza because, why not?
Bar Toma gives you a way to pay homage to the holiday while indulging in the best Italian food: pizza. From March 14-17, order the Green Crust Pizza, made with melted leeks, spinach, and pistachio pesto. End the meal on a sweet note with the restaurant’s Lucky Charm Gelato.
10. Channel your inner artist with a Guinness glass-engraving event.
Take a break from all the eating and drinking to personalize your own Guinness gravity glass at an engraving event at South Branch Tavern and Grille on Wednesday, March 11.
11. Score solid Instagram snaps of the annual river-dyeing event.
Reserve a bar table at Travelle this Saturday to watch the Chicago River turn green from a killer vantage point, while noshing on eggs Benedict with a side of Guinness, of course.
12. Give back fashionably.
Give back to the Leary Firefighters Foundation during one of four custom T-shirt events happening at restaurants around the city. Every guest who purchases a Guinness tee with a custom design will be supporting the nonprofit organization. The events will be on March 11 at Sweetwater Tavern and Grille, March 13 at The Boundary Tavern and Grille and Old Town Pour House, and March 14 at Howells & Hood. Can’t make it? Purchase one online to do good this holiday.
13. Challenge yourself to a burger-eating contest.
RJ Grunts' special March burger will certainly bring out the eating-contest champion in you. The objective is to down the burger made with Baileys aioli, cabbage slaw with Jameson vinaigrette, Guinness cheddar cheese, and Manny’s Deli corned beef, all stuffed in a potato bun. Good luck!
14. Start your morning on a strong note.
Labriola Ristorante & Café will open early on Saturday morning (7 a.m.) for guests who want to stop in and wake up with some Irish coffee—made with Irish whiskey and crème de menthe whipped cream—before the parade. It might be just what you need to make it through the activity-filled day.
15. Bring the party home.
Pick up a bottle or two of high-end Irish whiskey, like Knappogue Castle 14 Year Single Malt or Middleton Barry Crocket Legacy 1992, from Lush Wine & Spirits. The best part is, you can imbibe with friends from the comfort of your own home.
16. Test your endurance.
Want to squeeze in as much celebrating as you possibly can? Head over to the ROOF on theWit for a St. Patrick’s Day bash. Complete with Irish bevvies and multiple DJs, the party starts at 2 p.m. and is expected to continue well into the night.
17. Get creative with shamrock-shaped meatloaf.
That’s right. The Meatloaf Bakery is creating shamrock-shaped loaves in honor of the holiday—because everything tastes better in a fun shape, right?
18. Sit where the President of Ireland sat...
...or at least in the same restaurant, The Gage. The Michigan Avenue haunt is a hot spot among Irish diplomats, and has even played host to the President of Ireland. Celebrate there with classic Irish fare and a specialty cocktail while enjoying live Irish music. It doesn't get more festive than that.
19. Score prime viewing spots at Rebar.
Trump Chicago’s mezzanine-level lounge, Rebar, is the perfect place to watch the festivities from above this weekend, while sipping on one of the holiday cocktail specials. We suggest the Shamrocktini, a delectable concoction with Jameson Whiskey, Vanilla Absolut, and crème de menthe—did we mention the gold flakes around the glass rim?
20. Enjoy March Madness with lots of beer.
Can’t tear yourself away from the college basketball tournaments? Get the best of both worlds with Beer Madness at State and Lake Chicago Tavern. Grab some friends, order a pitcher of Guinness, and cheer on your team in true Irish spirit.
21. Keep it classy at Soho House.
The Allis, Soho House’s exclusive ground-floor lounge, is stirring up two special cocktails for the holiday: Drowning the Shamrock featuring rum, green chartreuse, lime, crème de cocoa, and vanilla syrup; and Mott Street Cathedral served up with Irish Whiskey, Lillet Blanc, and orange bitters. Sip them under the bar’s beautiful chandeliers, while staying comfy tucked far away from the St. Paddy’s Day mayhem.
22. Make a staycation out of it.
Play tourist and spend a night or two at ACME Hotel in River North, where you can get a thermos filled with the hotel’s signature Irish Morning Joe coffee (meaning it includes Jameson Irish Whiskey and Bailey’s Irish Cream) delivered right to your door.
23. Head out for a boozy movie night.
Get your pre-movie buzz going with a Four-Leaf Clover Martini at the Lobby Lounge in the ShowPlace ICON Theatre; it's on the menu till the end of March.
24. Be your own mixologist.
Don’t feel like dealing with the crowd? Embrace the return of spring with the refreshing Irish Mule recipe from Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey’s brand ambassador, Timothy Herlihy: all you need is 1/4 cup of Tullamore D.E.W., 1 cup of ginger beer, and the juice from one fresh lime. Enjoy.
25. Meet and mingle with the Irish whiskey ambassador himself.
Herlihy, an Ireland native, will host an event at Mrs. Murphy’s & Sons Irish Bistro on Friday, March 13 where he will not only be sharing the Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey range, but will also be talking about the man behind the brand, Daniel E. Williams.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF WEBER GRILL; KANELA BREAKFAST CLUB; SLURPING TURTLE; BOTTLENECK MANAGEMENT; BAR TOMA; THE LANGHAM CHICAGO; RJ GRUNTS; LUSH WINE & SPIRITS; THE MEATLOAF BAKERY™; TRUMP CHICAGO; THE FLORENTINE