For 364 days of the year, Chicago’s heart beats blue, but during the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration, the city goes green. To welcome the droves of holiday revelers participating in the celebration on Saturday, March 17, and throughout the month of March, the city’s top restaurants and hotels are offering an assortment of packages, patio parties, and pints to keep the party going beyond the river dyeing.
Drink in the Luck of the Irish
Arbella (112 W. Grand Ave.)
· On Saturday, March 17, Arbella, the globally inspired cocktail lounge in River North is channeling the Irish spirit and opening their doors at 10am to get the party started early. Starting in the morning, celebrators can first nourish themselves for the long day ahead with Corned Beef Hash Breakfast Burritos and Empanadas for some extra sustenance and then move on to Arbella’s various drink specials while partying with guest DJs from open to close. Guests can imbibe all day long with drink specials featuring Arbella’s refreshing & green Patty’s Punch ($10) made with cucumber-infused pisco, beer + a shot of Irish Whiskey ($10), Guinness ($6) and Miller High Life ($5).
Celebrate with Green Kegs & Eggs
· Say top o’ the morning on March 17 with a Kegs & Eggs brunch at The Boundary in Wicker Park and Old Town Pour House. From 8-11 a.m., those celebrating the holiday are invited to indulge in a breakfast buffet with all the fixings including scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, chilaquiles, and more, and start drinking early with green beer, bloody marys, and mimosas. Tickets are $25; tickets available for The Boundary here and Old Town Pour House here.
· From March 13-19, diners can keep the Irish celebrations going with food specials at The Boundary and Old Town Pour House. Specials include Corned Beef Reuben with braised corned beef, champagne sauerkraut, Guinness caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, and whole grain whiskey mustard on toasted marble rye bread, Shepherd’s Pie with vegetables and goat cheese potato puree, and Corned Beef Poutine with crispy fries, onion gravy, cheese curds, and herbed breadcrumbs.
· Guests can also get the St. Patrick’s Day festivities going with a custom engraving on a Guinness pint glass. Guinness glass engraving available at The Boundary on March 9 from 9-11 p.m., and Old Town Pour House on March 3 from 7-9 p.m.
St. Paddy’s Party on the Patio
Howells & Hood (435 N. Michigan Ave.)
· Howells& Hood welcomes guests to the Magnificent Mile to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day just steps from the parade and dyeing of the Chicago River. On March 17, the restaurant’s annual Patio Party begins at 8 a.m. and offers a beautiful outdoor space for guests to dance to a live DJ, listen to bagpipers, get silly in the photo booth, and drink beer in true Irish fashion. Breakfast specials include Irish French Toast with raisin soda bread and black berry jelly, Pastrami Hash with crispy hash pancake, sweet peppers, onion, house pastrami, fried eggs, and salsa verde, and the Irish Benny with soda bread biscuit, rashers, grilled tomato, spinach, and Irish cheddar hollandaise.
· From March 13-19, diners can celebrate all week long with an Irish-themed menu at Howells & Hood. Specials include Chicken Pie with roasted chicken, mushroom medley, pearl onions, peas and creamy whiskey gravy, Bangers & Mash with Irish sausage, mustard mash, and Guinness gravy, and Irish Cheddar Soup with Guinness, Irish cheddar, and crispy rashers.
· Patrons can also get a head start on the St. Patrick’s Day festivities with a custom engraving on a Guinness pint glass! Available at Howells & Hood on March 8 from 5-7 p.m.
Toast with Meat & Potatoes
Lawry’s The Prime Rib (100 E. Ontario St.)
· Get that Irish fix at Lawry’s The Prime Rib, located just steps from the Magnificent Mile. As a great alternative to the Irish beer, guests can imbibe with the tableside Meat & Potato Martini ($15), made with Chopin potato vodka and two colossal olives stuffed with horseradish and prime rib. The Meat & Potato Martini is the first cocktail to be served tableside at the treasured steakhouse known for its prime rib, and is the perfect addition to any classic Lawry’s fare.
· To make a reservation at Lawry’s The Prime Rib, guests can visit http://www.lawrysonline.com/lawrys-primerib/chicago.
Morning Mojo at ML
Marshall’s Landing (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, atop the Grand Stair)
· Waking up just got a little bit easier, as the Merchandise Mart’s bustling 12,000 square foot restaurant & lounge, Marshall’s Landing, serves up their vanilla coffee with a few drips of Jameson in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The Vanilla Irish Coffee ($10) contains vanilla-infused Jameson Irish Whiskey, Dark Matter “A Love Supreme” coffee, and housemade Jameson whipped cream. Is there such thing as too much Jameson in the month of March? (Hint: the answer is no)
· The Vanilla Irish Coffee is available at the Coffee Window from Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16, as well as in the lounge during lunch, happy hour, and dinner. Reservations are now available via OpenTable; they can also be made by calling 312.465.2687.
The Chi-Rish Mint Shake
Portillo’s (Locations throughout Chicagoland)
· In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Portillo’s is putting a Chi-Rish spin on the Shamrock Shake with the Mint Chocolate Shake ($3.98 for a large and $3.29 for a small), a vanilla-mint shake blended with chocolate fudge frosting from Portillo’s famous Chocolate Cake. The limited-time menu item is available from March 1-31 in-stores and via Portillo’s delivery service.
· Delivery is available online at portillos.olo.com or via Portillo’s dedicated app, available for download online via iTunes or Android. To find the Portillo’s nearest you, please visit www.portillos.com.
A Sweet St. Paddy’s Party
Sweetwater Tavern & Grille (225 N. Michigan Ave.)
· Sweetwater Tavern invites guests to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day downtown just steps from the parade and famous green Chicago River. On March 17, the restaurant’s annual Patio Party begins at 9 a.m. and offers an outdoor space for guests to mingle, listen to bagpipers, and drink beer to get in the Irish spirit.
· Diners can get the Irish celebrations going all week long from March 13-19 with food specials at Sweetwater Tavern. Specials include Corned Beef Reuben with braised corned beef, champagne sauerkraut, Guinness caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, and whole grain whiskey mustard on toasted marble rye bread, Shepherd’s Pie with vegetables and goat cheese potato puree, and Corned Beef Poutine with crispy fries, onion gravy, cheese curds, and herbed breadcrumbs.
· For more Irish fun, guests can visit Sweetwater Tavern & Grille on March 13 from 5-7 p.m. to get a free custom engraved Guinness glass.
Take in the Best View of the Chicago River at Travelle Kitchen + Bar
Travelle Kitchen + Bar (330 N. Wabash Ave.)
· Taking full advantage of the restaurant’s proximity to the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Travelle Kitchen + Bar invites guests to watch the Chicago River get dyed green from above. Starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, the lounge opens early for guests to reserve bar tables (with a $50 minimum spend per person) to take in the incomparable view. A breakfast buffet with assorted morning favorites will be available for $50, which includes a Guinness or mimosa. For those in search of a festive green libation, Travelle Kitchen + Bar is featuring the Grasshopper with Absolut Elyx, creme de cocoa, housemade matcha, and mint syrup. This decadent cocktail, garnished with Lucky Charm marshmallows, ensures a day filled with the luck of the Irish.
· Reservations are required. For reservations, please visit www.travellechicago.com, or call 312.923.7705.
Luck of The Draw
The Blackstone (636 S. Michigan Ave.)
· This St. Patrick’s Day, The Blackstone invites guests and locals to test their luck with an exclusive holiday package, including prizes fit for a pot of gold. Upon booking the hotel’s St. Patrick’s Day package, guests can win several prizes during their stay, including two complimentary cocktails at Timothy’s Hutch; a gift certificate to Mercat a la Planxa; two tickets to The Art Institute of Chicago or Museum of Science & Industry; an upgraded room, and more. The hotel is also offering one lucky guest an over-the-top St. Patrick’s Day experience for 2019 featuring an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s suites; an in-room KOVAL Distillery experience complete with a Blackstone-branded flask; private transportation to the Chicago River dyeing; and a private boozy brunch on Sunday in the hotel’s 1600 Club lounge.
· Guests can book The Blackstone’s St. Patrick’s Day package here.
The Lux of the Irish
The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel (512 N. Rush St.)
· Throughout the entire month of March, guests get lucky at The Gwen with a specialty St. Patrick’s Day cocktail. The Mr. Barley ($16) includes bourbon, Cointreau, barley malt syrup and is topped with Guinness. Guests can avoid the St. Patrick’s Day crowds and enjoy cocktails at the property’s bar, Upstairs at The Gwen before heading just a few blocks south to enjoy the parade.
· The Mr. Barley cocktail is offered throughout the month of March. For reservations, please visit www.thegwenchicago.com/dining.
An Emerald Breakfast with a View
LH Rooftop at LondonHouse Chicago (85 E. Upper Wacker Dr.)
· This St. Patrick’s Day, LH Rooftop opens early to Chicagoans, Irish and otherwise, for the city’s annual dyeing of the river. While the river turns shamrock-green, so will LH Rooftop’s special breakfast menu, which includes Corned Beef Benedict ($12) with green onion hollandaise on a green English muffin, as well as options for Green Bloody Mary’s and Green Mimosas.
· Served from LH Rooftop’s 21st floor private dining room, Etoile, the meal offers unparalleled viewpoints of the Chicago River and its bridges from the space’s floor-to-ceiling windows and balcony. LH on 22, the hotel’s rooftop terrace, is also open to the public for snapping a perfect picture of the emerald-tinted river.
· LH Rooftop serves St. Patrick’s Day breakfast on Saturday, March 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations can be made via OpenTable or by calling LH Rooftop at 312.253.2317.
Follow the Leprechaun to the Gold Coast
The Talbott Hotel (20 E. Delaware Place, Chicago)
· Channel the spirit of Ireland this St. Patrick’s Day with the Luck of the Irish package at The Talbott Hotel. Enjoy a $50 hotel credit at 20 East before heading out to the city’s festivities, including the annual dyeing of the Chicago River and the downtown parade. After the parade, warm up with an Irish coffee, topped with your spirit of choice to make it festive.
· Can’t skip out on work for the holiday? The Luck of the Irish package can be booked here throughout the month of March.
Only the Good Dye Young
Thompson Chicago (21 E. Bellevue Pl.)
· Thompson Chicago invites guests to get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit throughout the month of March. Whether Irish or just pretending to be, guests at the hotel can book the Only the Good Dye Young Package to receive transportation in the hotel’s Lexus vehicle to the Chicago Riverwalk, two signature whisky cocktails upon arrival, continental breakfast for two, and a late checkout at 2 p.m.
· Guests may book this St. Patrick’s Day offering for stays between March 1 and March 31. Booking details can be found here.