It's that time of year again—when Chicagoans either lock their doors and hide in terror or throw them open in a celebration of joy, camaraderie, and debauchery. Yes, it's St. Paddy's Day in Chicago and however you feel about the holiday, we know you've still got to eat, so we say, embrace it. Our friends at Yelp Chicago share their favourite (spelled with a "u" to be that much more authentic) spots for some traditional Irish eats and drinks around town. Sláinte!
Where to begin? Well, with breakfast, of course. If you're starting your St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the top ‘o the morning, you're going to need some fuel. Luckily, it doesn't get more authentic (or hearty!) than Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, which does "contemporary Irish cuisine in an authentic Irish setting." Settle in for a plate of eggs, bangers, Irish bacon, black and white pudding, grilled tomato, mushroom, and baked beans for the real deal experience. 3905 N. Lincoln Ave., 872-256-0415
If you need a classic dish at a classically named Chicago spot, we can't recommend The Corned Beef Factory Sandwich Shop enough. Not only will it remind you of the celebration all year-round, but this adorably designed sandwich shop (attached to a corned beef factory that has been making their own fine meats since 1948), has sandwiches with corned beef butchered on site and prepared fresh. It's cash only though, so make sure to bring enough for a sandwich... or several. 1009 W. Lake St., 312-666-2535
Did you know that hidden inside the Irish American Heritage Center, there's a classic Irish pub called The Fifth Province? We're happy to inform you that there is and it serves up some of the most quality Irish cuisine you'll find in this fair city. We recommend the Irish beef stew, which is homemade and delicious. Pair it with a pint of Guinness and you'll be feeling green (in the best way possible) the entire day. 4626 N. Knox Ave., 773-282-7035
If you're looking to go a little "wilde" this weekend (a pun our favorite Irish playwright would, of course, enjoy), then you must check out Wilde Bar and Restaurant for their damn delicious fish and chips. This casual yet classic restaurant fries its fish with a three-flour batter to give them a perfectly satisfying crunch—just make sure you pair your chips with Irish curry gravy. Remember what Oscar Wilde once said: “I can’t stand people who do not take food seriously.” We're right there with you, Oscar. 3130 N. Broadway, 773-244-0404
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