Chicago is full of "Irish" pubs, but hanging a Notre Dame flag and offering a special on Car Bombs isn't exactly an accurate representation of the Emerald Isle. Cut through the blarney of those other bars and celebrate St. Paddy's properly—these authentic establishments are reminiscent of the old country.
Is whiskey the way you celebrate St. Paddy’s? Good news: The Grafton’s got over 25 Irish varieties. Pair one with their Guinness Stew served piping hot and packed with tenderloin vegetables, potatoes, and stout—it’ll warm you up on this typically cold holiday. 2339 N. Milwaukee St., 773-227-5100
Ok, so their All-You-Care-To-Eat weekend brunch is an American adaptation, but this pub, named after a Chicago police captain, knows their Irish music. There are live shows every Sunday night and it’s uncommon for a week to go by without the hum of bagpipes on the patio. 3471 N. Elston Ave., 773-583-3066
Sure, you’ll find Fado in a few other cities, but being a chain doesn’t make it any less authentic. Between soccer and rugby matches always on the TVs, pristine pours of Guinness, and the abundance of Irish accents behind the bar, this place is a far cry from a TGIFriday’s. 100 W. Grand Ave., 312-836-0066
They’re in the midst of celebrating 17 days of St. Patrick. With traditional music, authentic cuisine, and even a pint pouring competition, Mrs. Murphy’s is the place to be this March. Be sure to be there on March 16 when they’ll give away vintage Guinness posters! 3905 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-248-3905
Their traditional breakfast packed with eggs, Irish bangers, rashers, black and white pudding, pan-fried potatoes, baked beans, and fried tomato, is a true testament to their authenticity. If you’re not convinced after all that, then the made-from-scratch soda bread it sure to bring you on board. 4328 W. Irving Park Road, 773-725-1800