St. Patrick's Day in Chicago is always a good time. If you're looking for a place to celebrate here some of the best Irish pub Chicago has to offer.
What is Chicago's oldest Irish pub?
Shinnick’s Pub has been open and family-run since 1938. That’s 85 years!
Address: 3758 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL 60609
Where can I hear Irish music in Chicago?
There are a handful of spots where you can hear live music in Chicago, here are a few of my favorites!
- Irish American Heritage Center has various events and concerts.
- The Wolfhound has traditional Irish music sessions every Tuesday at 7pm.
- The Kerryman has traditional Irish music every Sunday from 5-7pm.
- Galway Arms has an entire schedule of traditional Irish music.
Irish Pubs in Chicago - River North, Streeterville + Gold Coast
If you're looking for a fun atmosphere with lots of Irish bars along the Chicago River, you'll want to check out some of these spots.
Kerryman Irish Bar & Restaurant
If you're looking for a large space to celebrate St. Paddy's Day, you'll want to get tickets to The Kerryman. It's a very popular spot, so if you want to go on the day the river is being dyed, you want to secure tickets ASAP. If you're looking to go any other day but parade day, they also have a great outdoor dining area if it's nice enough outside.
Address: 661 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Fadó Irish Pub
You can celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Fado between their St. Baldrick's event, parade day event, and literal St. Patrick's day events, you can learn all about it here.
Address: 100 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
Lizzie McNeill's is right on the river. They put up a huge outdoor tent and is one of the best Irish pubs, in my opinion. It's a great place to see the river being dyed without being on the river. It's not necessarily a spacious bar, but they take advantage of their huge outdoor area.
Address: 400 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611
Address: 29 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
Timothy O'Toole's Pub Chicago
Shamrock Club is a total dive bar that is right behind the Merchandise Mart. If you are a dive bar king or queen, like myself, you would love this spot.
Address: 210 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
Lincoln Park, Lakeview + Roscoe Village
This is Deuce's, but the turn into Charm'd Bar for St. Patrick's Day season. They seriously go all out with food and decor. If you're looking for family-friendly St. Patrick's Day things to do, not on parade day, you should definitely check this spot out.
Address: 3505 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
Wilde Bar & Restaurant
Wilde Bar & Restaurant has great food and good drinks, too. It has a great, authentic Irish pub feel. You should totally try their Shepherd's Pie if you're in the mood.
Address: 3130 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
This is a very casual spot with free popcorn, that's always a win in my books.
Address: 3019 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
The Galway Arms
If you're looking for a full Irish breakfast, look no further than Galway Arms. You also can't go wrong with their corned beef sandwich.
Address: 2442 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Address: 2158 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
River Shannon is one of my Irish pub favorites. It's a cozy, friendly atmosphere, and it's dog-friendly!
West Loop, Wicker Park, Bucktown + Avondale
Address: 128 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661
Irish Nobleman Pub
Irish Nobleman is a great neighborhood spot. It's tucked away and seems very unassuming as you're strolling through the Noble Square neighborhood. They have fun board games to sit and play, and it's overall just a great, friendly ambiance to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Address: 1367 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60642
Gracie O' Malley's
Gracie O'Malley's is right on the six corners in Wicker Park. It's a smaller bar, so if you have a big group, I recommend going somewhere else. But, if you and a few friends are looking for a sports bar meets Irish pub, I recommend!
Chief O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant
Address: 3471 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Ravenswood, Lincoln Square, Andersonville + North Center neighborhood
Lady Gregory's Irish Bar & Restaurant
Lady Gregory's, not to be confused with LG's in Old Town, is a really nice Irish pub. Their food is really good if you're looking to grab a bite to eat and a pint during the month of March, or any time of year, really.
Address: 5260 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
O'Shaughnessy's Public House
When you step into O'Shaughnessy's Public House, you truly feel like you're back at a bar in Ireland. It's cozy, and quaint, but you aren't packed into the space like sardines.
Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro
Gideon Welles Craft Beer Bar & Kitchen
If you are craving curry chips, you can totally get your fix at Gideon Welles. They're so good!
A. J. Hudson's Public House
Right on Ashland, this is a great neighborhood bar. There isn't much around it, you'll have to walk a few blocks, so I recommend coming here with no real plans on wanting to walk to any other place.
The Atlantic Bar & Grill
People love this place for football (soccer) games. If that's of interest to you, try checking out this Lincoln Square Irish pub.
Claddagh Ring Pub
Address: 2306 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Chicago’s Northside Irish Bars
This is the bar inside the Irish American Heritage Center. The center itself is pretty big and is super cool. Packed with history, events are always happening, and you can visit the bar, of course.
Address: 4626 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
The Curragh Irish Pub
Chicago’s Southside Irish Bars
Cork & Kerry
Cork & Kerry does have a second location. The one I linked below is to their Beverly location, but their second location is right by Guaranteed Rate Field. I recommend heading to the first location for St. Patrick's Day festivities and the second location before Sox games.
Barney Callaghan’s Pub
This used to be Keegan's (RIP), but if you're looking for a slightly nicer Irish pub experience on the southside, I highly recommend making your way to Barney Callaghan's.