Even more things to do on St. Patrick's Day weekend
Whether you’re skipping the parade and heading straight to the bar, or looking for something to wet your whistle post-parade, here are a few spots that are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Chicago style (assuming you didn't find something to do in our earlier massive list of St. Pat's events)
Corned-beef ramen at Slurping Turtle
As an addition to its regular menu, Slurping Turtle is offering a St. Patrick’s Day bowl of corned-beef ramen with housemade mustard noodles, turnips and potatoes in a corned-beef broth, topped with hot mustard. Bowl of corned-beef ramen $14. Available March 12–17. Slurping Turtle, 116 W Hubbard St.
St. Patty's Day at Linkin House
This three-floor DePaul area sports bar has invited DJ Marco and DJ Protégé to get you in an Irish mood. A motley crew of “special guests” will also be in attendance, from Kelvin Hayden of the Chicago Bears to Aja Evans, the Olympic Women’s Bobsled medalist.
No entry fee. Saturday, March 16, 11am–5pm, Linkin House, 2142 N Clybourn Ave
Wake & Shake parties at Bull & Bear and Public House
If your approach to St. Patrick’s Day is “early and often,” try one of these twin parties being held at Bull & Bear and Public House. From 8am to noon, a ticketed “early bird” party includes open bar and passed breakfast appetizers. After noon, the bar starts offers drink specials such as $5 Jameson shots, $8 car bombs and half off appetizers. Both venues have booths with table taps. Yes, that’s beer taps in the table, just like you were hoping; to reserve them for fees starting at $250, visit wakeandshakechicago.com.
Tickets start at $35 and increase as the event nears. Saturday, March 16, 8am–noon, Bull & Bear, 431 N Wells St; Public House, 400 N State St. wakeandshakechicago.com
St. Pat’s signature drinks at Rebar
The Trump’s mezzanine-level lobby bar looks over the Chicago River, where fancy people and fancy wannabes can gaze out the floor-to-ceiling windows while sipping $17 St. Pat’s drinks, such as the Shamrockatini (Jameson, Godiva White, Crème de Menthe) and the Leprechaun Elixier (Irish coffee).
No entry fee. Saturday, March 16, 9am–1am, Rebar, 401 N Wabash Ave
Sushi St. Pat’s at RA Sushi Chicago
Even sushi thinks it’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago. RA Sushi is celebrating the ninth anniversary of their Gold Coast Chicago location with a St. Patrick’s–themed party starting at 11am. There will be DJs, a “clover roll” (a themed version of its crunchy calamari roll), and specials on green beer and shots.
No cover. Saturday, March 16, 11am–1am Sunday, RA Sushi, 1139 N State St.
St. Paddy's Pubcrawl Chicago
Crawlers are invited to dress in green and visit a variety of bars over three days. Spots include Dugout Sports Bar, Sound-Bar and Epic. Drink specials vary by venue, but register at Sound-Bar on Saturday or Sunday and get three free beer tickets, valid at select venues.
Tickets start at $10 per day or $30 for a three-day all-access pass (pubcrawls.com/saint-paddys-pub-crawl-chicago.php).
Guinness pizza at Frasca
Sounds gross, but never fear: The Guinness goes into the pizza crust, not onto the pie. The pizza also features white sauce, roasted onions, fingerling potatoes, bacon, cheese and an egg. The availability of this powerful pie overlaps with Frasca’s weekend brunch where corned-beef hash and Irish coffee will also be on the menu.
$13 for a Guinness pizza. Sunday, March 17, 10am–9pm, Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar, 3358 N Paulina St.
An old-school celebration at Butch McGuire’s
Butch McGuire’s is a St. Patrick’s Day OG: This marks its 50th year celebrating the big day. The bar promises “fun holiday décor,” not limited to 20,000 green and white lights. Saturday kicks off with a three-hour brunch buffet, followed by corned-beef sandwiches and green beer for the rest of the day—a reprise of the festivities happens on Sunday.
$10 for brunch buffet, no cover fee for bar. March 16–17, hours vary. Butch McGuire’s, 20 W Division St.
Kegs and eggs plus parade shuttle buses at Moonshine
Mix a boozy 9am brunch with a bus ride and what do you get? Indigestion! Or, a perfect St. Patrick’s Day, depending on your outlook. On March 16, your $25 ticket buys a shuttle ride from Moonshine to the downtown parade and back, all-you-can-drink Green Coors Light until 11am (when the buses leave the bar) and an egg and corned-beef hash breakfast.
$25. Saturday, March 16, 9–11am, Moonshine, 1824 W Division St.