Subway: Brown to Western(773) 271-9000 thegrafton.com41.964039 -87.685722 4530 N Lincoln Ave (between Sunnyside and Wilson Aves) Lincoln Square, Chicago
Mon–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat 11am–3am; Sun 11am–2amAverage main course: $25
Owner Malcolm Molloy has that fresh-off-the-boat brogue that could charm the pants off your own mother. But please don’t take this for one of your run-of-the-mill McIrish pubs. Folk musicians pluck away while those-in-the-know scarf down Guinness stew or a full Irish breakfast, regardless of the witching hour (even better in colder months while sitting near the fire). Compared with many other gastropubs laying claim to the Emerald Isle, it’s a sea of tranquility.