By The Editors By The Editors | March 1, 2023 | Lifestyle
Here are the 10 best places to get your Irish on in Chicago.
The Gage is centrally located just steps from Millennium Park.
For a refined Irish experience, head to The Gage. Dishing up delectable bites like shrimp and grits and fresh chicken pot pie, alongside inventive sips like the Paris Rose cocktail (Grey Goose vodka, kirsch, cherry blossom vermouth and lemon oil), this spot is a can't-miss. 24 S. Michigan Ave.
Enjoy authentic Irish fare, live music and a festive atmosphere at this River North pub. A great spot for groups, the popular bar is a go-to for sipping Guinness alongside friends and family. 751 N. Clark St.
South Side Irish Imports
Family-owned South Side Irish Imports is a one-stop shop for Irish gifts. From wool pullover sweaters and sterling silver and gold Claddagh rings to Guinness pint glasses and wine glasses decorated with shamrocks, there’s something for everyone. 3446 W. 111th St.
Raise a pint at Chief O’Neill’s. The spirit of Ireland comes to life here via traditional dishes like shepherd’s pie, Guinness braised pot roast and a generous beer selection. 3471 N. Elston Ave.
Irish American Heritage Center
Explore and celebrate the rich Irish culture at the Irish American Heritage Center through programming like music and theater, literature and more. Whether joining a guided tour of the building, participating in an art class or coming by for trivia night, you’re sure to leave with a newfound understanding of the culture. 4626 N. Knox Ave.
The Kerryman’s facade
Irish Music School of Chicago
There’s no better way to celebrate Irish culture than by reveling in traditional tunes of the land. Founded by internationally acclaimed Irish fiddler Sean Cleland, the Irish Music School of Chicago offers music lessons for all ages, concerts, private bookings and more. 5978 N. Lincoln Ave., #5A
Cork & Kerry at The Park
Since 1988, this pub has been a favorite for those looking to immerse themselves in Irish culture—or those just looking for the perfect place to enjoy a Guinness. 3259 S. Princeton Ave.
Fadó promises a festive atmosphere for gathering with friends and dancing the night away.
Corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, plenty of beer and more all add up to an unforgettable Irish experience. Fadó fuses traditional Dublin charm with modern flair, and fare like smoked salmon bites served on top of a boxty (Irish potato pancake) and sliders topped with a Guinness mayo are sure to get you in the spirit. 100 W. Grand Ave.
This popular River North bar is owned by three Irishmen, and the upscale menu with plates like fish and chips and Claddagh wings make it a hit every time. 661 N. Clark St.
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