By Taylor Hartz, Stephanie Racine, and Gianna Annunzio | Staff Writers
Whether or not you’ve got the “Luck of the Irish” in your blood, there’s no denying St. Patrick’s Day is a city-wide celebration in Chicago that draws crowds. With so many visitors in town, local restaurants and bars are preparing special St. Paddy’s Day menus to celebrate the occasion.
Kicking off the week’s festivities early and in style, ETA Restaurant & Bar, 455 N. Park Dr., will host their collaboration dinner event with Revolution Brewing on Thursday, March 15 at 6 p.m. Restaurant chef Matt Lange will prepare a five-course tasting spread inspired by some of Revolution’s most popular brews. Each course will be paired with different Revolution beer.
Come March 17, if you’re committed to an authentically Irish day, you’ve got to start with Irish breakfast. A full plate of sausages and black and white pudding paired with a strong Irish coffee will certainly give you the strength to get through the day-long party.
Lizzie McNeill’s, 400 N. McClurg Ct., is opening its doors at 7 a.m. for hungry and thirsty patrons. Performances by the Shannon Rover’s Bagpipers will feature all your favorite St. Patrick’s Day songs.
“It’s pretty much a really big party all day,” said John DiPrima, general manager at the pub. “We’re right by where the river dyeing is, right near the downtown festivities, we’re really in the heart of the action.”
Emerald Loop, located at 216 N. Wabash, will start pouring its green beer at 10 a.m. Irish dancers, bagpipers and other entertainment will set the scene as guests enjoy Irish favorites like corned beef and cabbage.
Revelers can make the most of the day with an official bar crawl, or reap the benefits of staying in one place. The River North Bar Crawl gives access to ten bars in River North that are hosting St. Patrick’s Day parties. Prices range from $20-30, depending when you buy them. The crawl lasts from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The dyeing of the Chicago River is viewable from ROOF on the Wit Hotel, which is also on the crawl and is sponsoring a weekend long “St. Patrick’s Day Bash.” The official St. Patrick’s Day DJs take the stage at 2 p.m. that Saturday and ROOF has table reservations still available.
St. Patrick’s Day revelries in Chicago go beyond the dyeing of the river and bar hopping. For a more educational experi ence, dive in to the city’s rich Irish history. The Chicago History Museum is hosting a St. Patrick’s history happy hour on Tuesday March 20. Admission is $15, $10 for museum members and includes two complimentary drinks. The event incorporates fifteen-minute tours that focus on the history of Chicago’s Irish communities. Music and themed activities will also be featured.