If you’re still searching for a way to spend St. Patrick’s Day, you’re in luck. We’ve got seven options for toasting the Irish holiday—whether you’re after an all-out party, Emerald Isle-inspired eats, or a relaxing staycation.
Early birds will delight in Public House's Tap O' the Morn' party.
Public House: The Dine|Amic Group spot hosts its annual Tap O’ The Morn’ party (Saturday, March 15, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.), complete with Irish breakfast bites and themed drink specials. Ticket price also includes priority access to sister spot Bull & Bear, where the party continues. 400 N. State St., 312-265-1240
ROOF on theWit/State and Lake Tavern: theWit Hotel offers two ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday (March 15). Start downstairs (11 a.m.), where State and Lake Tavern will feature live music and Emerald Isle-inspired imbibes like Irish Car Bombs, Guinness on drought, and the ubiquitous green beer. Upstairs at ROOF, the party starts at noon with a lineup of DJs playing throughout the day. 201 N. State St., 312-467-0200
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with DMK Burger Bar's Shamrock Shake.
DMK Burger Bar: Even the most diet-dedicated of us can’t resist a Shamrock Shake at DMK Burger Bar this time of year. The shake, which is on special through the end of March, comprises rainbow and mint chocolate chip ice cream, slowly mixed with Lucky Charms cereal. Irish stew-loaded fries will also be available on St. Patrick's Day (March 17). 2954 N. Sheffield Ave., 773-360-8686
Cone: Sean McGuire, an Ireland native living in Chicago, is the owner of West Loop’s Cone, the only authentic Irish ice cream shop in the country. Try adult-friendly flavors like Baileys Irish Cream, Jameson, or Arthur Guinness, as well as themed sundaes like the Irish Breakfast. 1047 W. Madison St., 312-666-5111
Spencer’s Jolly Posh: St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just about sweet treats. Lakeview spot Jolly Posh serves up a host of Emerald Isle favorites, from traditional black and white pudding (types of sausage) to an Irish cheese marbled with dark porter beer. 1405 Irving Park Rd., 312-415-6919
The best view of the Chicago River's St. Patrick's Day hue is from the Trump Hotel.
Trump Hotel: There’s no better view of the Chicago River than the one from Trump Tower, so book a room with its Paint The Town Green package and avoid the enormous crowds gathering at street level for the annual dyeing ceremony. Package includes a river-view room, Uber black car service, and a St. Patrick’s Day welcome gift. 401 N. Wabash Ave., 312-588-8000
Kinzie Hotel: Make it a staycation weekend at the recently-opened Kinzie Hotel, where the Emerald City package offers a lot more than just an two-night stay. View the green-dyed river from a helicopter tour, get a chance to win a round-trip vacation to Ireland, and enjoy chilled pony kegs and a pair of 18k gold emerald earrings awaiting you in your suite. Available for purchase through March 18. 20 W. Kinzie St., 312-395-9000