Tuesday, March 1, 2016

From the Inbox: Where to Spend St. Patty's Day


Well, we've turned the calendar to March, when we celebrate St. Patrick's Day - and where all Chicagoans are a little bit Irish for at least a day. There's no shortage of places to enjoy some traditional Irish fare or some green cocktails this month. Here's a nice list provided by Isabelli Media Relations.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Irish Way with Top Chicago Spots 

Chicago is feeling that luck of the Irish, this year celebrating the green and orange with holiday-themed bites and cocktails curated by the city’s top dining and drinking hot spots. Whether it’s corned beef short ribs or festive green wine flights, Chicagoans channel their inner Irishman or woman with these inspired items.
 
 
ENO
505 N. Michigan Avenue
(312) 321-8788

Forget green beer and opt for “green,” organic wine!  In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, ENO offers a special green wine flight through the month of March, featuring wines from Domaine De L’ecu, a fully biodynamic, French wine producer.
 
 
Lucille Restaurant
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
(630) 530-8300

Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a specialty St. Patrick’s Day brunch at the newly revamped Lucille at Drury Lane Theatre. On Sunday, March 13, the restaurant offers its famous weekly brunch menu, along with some traditional Irish selections such as Corned Beef and Cabbage and Shepherd’s Pie. Face painting and coloring will also be available for those who are young and for those young at heart!
 
 
Lush Wine & Spirits
Roscoe Village                                West Town
2232 W. Roscoe Street                 1412 W. Chicago Avenue
(773) 281-8888                               (312) 666-6900

Celebrate with Lush Wine & Spirits in West Town and Roscoe Village this St. Patrick’s Day with an assortment of libations fit for toasting the holiday. Offering a variety of Irish beers, whiskeys, and even wines, Lush is Chicagoans’ one-stop shop for holiday-perfect beverages. And with the snack bar open on St. Paddy’s Day as well, those toasting to the luck of the Irish pair refreshing beverages with a tasty spread of homemade snacks.
 
 
Michael Jordan’s Steak House
505 N. Michigan Avenue
(312) 321-8823

Get lucky on St. Paddy’s Day with Chef Craig Couper’s delicious spin on an Irish classic - corned beef! Michael Jordan’s Steak House offers Corned Wagyu Beef Short Ribs with cabbage fondue and pickled mustard for celebrating this festive March holiday.
 
 
Paramount Events
1932 W. Lake Street
(773) 880-8044

For party hosts in need of the perfect green and orange-inspired items, behold Paramount Events’ St. Patrick’s Day themed catering menu. Offering traditional and perfectly colored dishes like Housemade Braised Corned Beef (New potatoes, cabbage, carrots) and Emerald Salad (Iceberg lettuce, green bell peppers, broccoli florets, sugar snap peas, green goddess dressing), Paramount recreates Ireland in the comfort of your home with delicious entrées and Housemade Shamrock Cookies.
 
 
Punch Bowl Social Schaumburg
1100 American Lane
Schaumburg, IL
(224) 836-9080

Party the Irish way at Punch Bowl Social Schaumburg all day on St. Patrick’s Day. The exciting dining and entertaining destination right outside Chicago offers festive specials for enjoyment throughout the holiday, including the “Wearing of the Green” Punch Bowl (Irish whiskey, New Amsterdam Orange, kiwi syrup, lime juice, green tea) and Cast Iron Shepherd’s Pie (Jameson and Guinness braised lamb stew with English peas, carrots, and fresh herbs, baked under a blanket of potato and cauliflower purée). 
 
 
Rockit Bar & Grill
22 W. Hubbard Street
(312) 645-6000

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Rockit Bar & Grillway with Irish-inspired drink specials. Featuring beer, whiskey, and shooters in the lounge, Rockit invites Chicagoans honoring the day with Bud Light ($5), Guinness ($7), Jameson ($8), and Irish Car Bombs ($8).
 
Rockit Burger Bar
3700 N. Clark Street
(773) 645-4400

Join Wrigleyville hot spot Rockit Burger Bar for specialty St. Paddy’s Day drink specials from March 12 to March 17. Waving the green and orange, Rockit invites partygoers with Jameson ($5), Car Bombs ($8), and of course, Green Beer ($3). Not to mention the festive Corned Beef and Cabbage Burger ($14), the quintessential holiday sandwich.
 
 
The Duck Inn
2701 S. Eleanor Street
(312) 724-8811

On Sunday, March 13 join The Duck Inn in Bridgeport for the Second Annual St. Patrick’s Day Backyard Pizza Party from 12:00 p.m. ‘til dusk. For $25, or $20 for advanced tickets, guests enjoy all-you-can-eat Irish Pizza perfected by Chef Kevin Hickey. Kick off the backyard season, toast to St. Patrick’s Day, and duck in to The Duck Inn.
 
 
The Fifty/50
2047 W. Division Street
(773) 489-5050

Join Wicker Park’s The Fifty/50 for a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day brimming with comfort foodhouse cocktailsbottle service, and more. Doing March like no other bar in Chicago, The Fifty/50 invites Chicagoans celebrating the holiday with drink specials, beer buckets, burgers, and other essential fare for thirsty and hungry St. Paddy’s Day-goers.
 
 
The Florentine
151 W. Adams Street
(312) 660-8866

Savor Italian and Irish flavors in just one meal! Located steps away from the city’s downtown St. Patrick’s Day festivities, The Florentine serves delicious brunch specials for those fueling up for the day. Specialty dishes include Italian-Style Bangers and Mash (Housemade Sicilian sausage, creamy parmesan polenta, and pork jus - $18)Corned Beef Benedict (Tomato braised corned beef, poached egg, English muffin, hollandaise, and crispy potato straws - $18), and the Irish Italian Breakfast (Roasted tomatoes, garlic roasted potatoes, oyster mushrooms, breakfast sausage, butter beans, two eggs any style, and rye toast - $22).
 
 
Twisted Spoke
501 N. Ogden Avenue
(312) 666-1500

Take the St. Patrick’s Day festivities to West Town, joining Twisted Spoke and doing as the Irish do – savoring sips of both rare and commonplace whiskey selections. Offering drinks of Jameson, Bushmill, Kilbeggan, Irishman Original Clan, and other Irish whiskeys, there’s no better place to cheers to the green and orange than “Spokeville.”
 
 
White Oak Tavern & Inn
1200 W. Webster Avenue
(773) 248-0200

Bring family and friends to White Oak Tavern & Inn in Lincoln Park for an Irish-inspired brunch this St. Patrick’s Day! Available from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the delicious, locally sourced specials include The White Oak Burger (Cheddar, butterkase, smoked chili ketchup, aioli, pickles, pickled onions, and wedge fries - $15)Chilaquiles (Salsa verde, cilantro, onion, queso fresco, crispy pork, and fried eggs - $14)Guinness Braised Homemade Sausage (Pickled onions & cabbage, herb aioli, and Floriole baguette - $13), and Traditional Colcannon Croquettes (Fried mashed potatoes with cabbage, butter, and ham - $8)

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