5 Best Irish Bars in Chicago

Indulge in the Irish holiday and get out to your local pub! St. Patrick’s day is the world’s best excuse to drink a little too much beer and spend the day with you buddies. Feeling stuck? Go on a pub crawl! There are plenty of options, so don’t limit yourself this weekend. 

1. O’Shaughnessy’s Public House – 4557 N Ravenswood Ave 

“A Ravenswood neighborhood hangout, open since April 2008, our authentic Irish pub is a comfortable place where everyone is welcome to relax, enjoy a great meal or refreshing drink and have a good time. We hope to see you soon! SLAINTE! O’Shaughnessy’s is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.” Call: 773-944-9896

2. Lady Gregory’s – 5260 N. Clark 

“Welcome to Lady Gregory’s! Named after the passionate, complex Irish author. We built her soul into our Andersonville nook and hope you stop by to experience our special spot. Floor-to-ceiling windows beckon you in … whether you’re just walking by and feeling peckish or bringing your whole brood in for a night of food and fun, our cozy and sophisticated atmosphere will entice you. Our menu, filled with distinctive specialties, will comfort and delight you. And, you might be pleasantly surprised to see our emphasis on farm-to-table, sustainable, local ingredients.” Call: 773-271-5050

3. Brehon Pub – 731 N. Wells


“Brehon Pub in Chicago, IL has been a River North favorite since 1980. Deriving its name from the ancient Irish legal system (Brehon Law), it was started appropriately by two Irish-American brothers practicing law in Chicago. Look for the “Burke” coat-of-arms over the front door. We serve delicious food and alcoholic beverages to ensure that the merriment never stops. Don’t forget to join us for our famous St. Patrick’s Day Party!” Call: 312-642-1071

4. Mrs. Murphy’s & Sons Irish Bistro – 3905 N. Lincoln

“Opening it’s doors in September 2005, in the heart of Chicago’s North Center neighborhood, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro has been serving up gastro-pub fare with traditional Irish pub favorites, complemented by a thoughtful assortment of craft beers, a friendly wine list and a deep selection of Irish whiskey for more than 11 years.  As important as great food, music and drinks, Mrs. Murphy & Sons offers the warm family welcome, that makes a great Irish pub. Join for us for the run up of St Patrick’s Starting March 1st with a Whiskey tasting and continuing through St Patrick’s Weekend. Plenty of Irish Music, Culture, Drinks and Pub Plates to go around!” Call: 773-248-3905

5. The Kerryman – 661 N. Clark Street

“Drenched in history, the Kerryman’s location was once a notorious gangster hangout known as the McGovern Saloon, where the young Dion O’Banion got his start as a singing waiter.  In 1978 the location became home to one of the “original” punk clubs and was considered to be the zenith of the original Chicago punk movement. Now known as Chicago’s liveliest Irish bar, located in the heart of downtown Chicago’s River North Neighborhood, The Kerryman is a little piece of Ireland.  The 3 owners all hail from Co. Kerry Ireland and the Head Chef Damo Moloney from Co. Limerick, Ireland who creates an upscale authentic Irish menu. Whether you are stopping by for lunch, dinner, an after work pint or late night dancing the staff at The Kerryman are here to make you feel welcome and at home.” Call: 312-355-8121



Kitchen Updates to Match Your Lifestyle


Millennial renter? Mom of three? We’ve got you covered.

There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to renovating your kitchen. What might appeal to a new homeowner or a Gen Y renter probably wouldn’t make much sense for a young family of five. Below, Nate Berkus—interior design guru and artistic adviser for LG Studio‘s high-end line of appliances—shares the best ways to upgrade your kitchen based on your lifestyle.


Get permission from your landlord to paint the cabinetry and swap out the cabinet hardware. I did it for my assistant’s apartment in Brooklyn, and it transformed the entire feeling of the space. The cabinets went from a standard wood tone to a beautiful chalky white. Upgrade the handles, and suddenly you’ll feel like you’re in a new kitchen.


People who actually entertain and cook should invest in the best appliances out there. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter how much time you spent picking out the backsplash if you stick something in the oven and it doesn’t work. Also, if you have the room, add an island, whether it’s free-standing or built-in—there are a million options. It really helps change the traffic pattern of the space.


Most people don’t realize it until you already own them, but stainless steel appliances are really smudgy. I have a 17-month-old daughter, and there are handprints at her sightline on every single thing in our house. What’s nice about the LG Studio line is that we changed the graining of the stainless steel to go horizontally instead of vertically, which greatly reduces fingerprints and smudges.


Do an edit. You don’t need a cabinet filled with dozens of cereal bowls anymore. Save a few for when the grandkids visit. Keep your best cookware and your prettiest linens, and donate the rest.


Smartly designed appliances should take center stage. LG Studio’s French-Door Counter-Depth refrigerator features a front compartment to store the things you need easy access to, so you don’t have to open the entire fridge every time you reach for them. It’s terrific for cooks because they don’t have to dig into the back of the refrigerator—and let out cool air doing so—to find the things they’re constantly using.


Go deep into the accessories. What’s the runner in front of your sink? What’s the fabric you’ve upholstered your counter stools in? Do you have gorgeous pendant lights hanging down? What do your cutting boards look like, and how are they displayed? Upgrade the tactile things that you touch everyday and incorporate patterns and colors that you really love.

Start with the kitchen. It is, in my opinion, the single most important renovation in terms of adding value to the home. Build exactly what you want, but always remain on the classic side of things. If it doesn’t look like it was around in 1920, then it’s time to move on from the idea.


I like kitchens that are largely designed to be under the counter, with the exception of the range, the hood, and the refrigerator. Consider skipping upper cabinetry so that you have a wall to hang a black-and-white photograph or a favorite painting.


Use natural materials, like stone countertops that are an inch-and-a-half or two inches thick. Add custom cabinetry that’s designed with anything you could dream of: spice organization, dividers, drawers lined in anti-tarnish cloth for your sterling. Incorporate architectural salvage pieces into the design. For instance, a plaster hood with an old stone medallion. Or, you could use an 18th-century French marble fireplace to frame the hood over the stove. In general, just focus on improving the quality of the materials that you’re using.



Preview Chicago’s Top 5 Margaritas in Chicago

1. Big Star

1531 N Damen Ave (at N Wicker Park Ave), Chicago, IL
Taco Place · Wicker Park · 564 tips and reviews

Christian V.Christian Van Brimmer: Al Pastor Tacos are the best! The pescado almost as good. Get the guacamole and the Big Star Margarita made with mescal… A smoky, less sweet alternative. Come at lunch for a minimal wait.

Miroslav L.Miroslav Lysyuk: Get the $30 margarita pitcher, some tacos, and sit back and relax with a friend and people gaze. FYI seats at the bar are a little hard to get, but easier than a table. Once you’re in though, u good

J.M. S.J.M. Saponaro: Best margaritas ever + awesome tacos

2. Frontera Grill

445 N Clark St (btwn Illinois St & Hubbard St), Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · Near North Side · 251 tips and reviews

Lance O.Lance Orchid: Try the queso fundido classico and mexcal margarita; both are A+. The blue agave margarita A-. The mole poblano a solid B; not exceptional but good. Try Guelaguetza in LA for amazing mole.

ChelseaChelsea: Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time to avoid waiting in the long line! Tropical tuna ceviche is awesome and the summer margarita is AMAZING!

Stephanie M.Stephanie M: Tom, our server, was awesome. He was so knowledgable and patient. We had a wonder lunch! Don’t miss out on the Champagne Margarita! And, a Rick Bayless sighting.

3. Mercadito

108 W Kinzie St (btwn Clark St & LaSalle Blvd), Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · River North · 241 tips and reviews

Nicki W.Nicki Walliser: Amazing margaritas…seriously!! Try the duck tacos, they’re to die for! Their guacamole is also very flavorful. Great atmosphere!

AngelaAngela: One of the best margaritas in the city, awesome guacamole, Shrimp enchiladas, roasted chicken, and Caramel flan. A must try if you love mexican!

Réjane P.Réjane P: Try the different salsas, so very good. Fish tacos are amaze, and their margaritas trick you into thinking you’re drinking juice. SO GOOD.

4. Garcia’s Restaurant

4760 N Lincoln Ave (at W Lawrence Ave), Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · Ravenswood · 111 tips and reviews

Adam G.Adam Graff: Skip the flautas (chicken only), you’ll want the steak. Burritos, salsa, and margaritas are fantastic. Reminds me of the old Salvadores on Lake near Michigan Ave.

venessa t.venessa tarbell: Great food, great margaritas, and great service. Newly remodeled. Not too cramped and good for kids.

Lenny G.Lenny Gallo: The best Mexican in Chicago. Go with friends and get the burrito ranchero and a pitcher of margarita.

5. Uncle Julio’s Hacienda

855 W North Ave (at N Clybourn Ave), Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · 151 tips and reviews

jessica w.jessica williams: The Swirls & Passionfruit Margaritas are top notch!

Chelsea W.Chelsea White: Get the fajitas and the frozen margaritas!

Molly G.Molly Godfrey: Margs are delicious, wish they were a little bigger

6. Cesar’s Killer Margaritas

3166 N Clark St (at W Belmont Ave), Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · Lakeview · 80 tips and reviews

Lauren D.Lauren Drogos: New renovated area is really nice…and margaritas are as lethal and delicious as ever!

Marco T.Marco Trejo: Killer Margaritas, ask pablo for the tamarindo con chile margarita

Nastasia T.Nastasia Tebeck: orange passion Pommarita is the best margarita in here! Get the Mega size.. Just do it. 🙂

7. Del Toro

2133 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · East Pilsen · 47 tips and reviews

Cityvida MobileCityvida Mobile: Try the Pepino Margarita, delicious.

Valerie V.Valerie Vargas: The Pepino and Guava margaritas are a must try! The watermelon mojito is also very refreshing! Perfect summer drinks.

noemi r.noemi roman: Best Sandia margaritas! And you have to try the habanero burger.

8. Taco Joint

1969 N Halsted St (btwn Armitage Ave & Willow St), Chicago, IL
Taco Place · Lincoln Park · 90 tips and reviews

Lindsay P.Lindsay Pomazal: Amazing ceviche tacos and they are only $2. Also the guava margarita is a must!

ivy t.ivy t.: Great tacos, esp the ceviche taco. Pollo torta wasn’t too special. Pear tropical margarita is delish and rojo mole was yum. Great servers.

Jodi L.Jodi Laughlin: Order margaritas & guacamole along with El Pastor & Ceviche tacos and you have a feast!

9. Antique Taco

1360 N Milwaukee Ave (at N Wood St), Chicago, IL
Taco Place · Wicker Park · 159 tips and reviews

Chris S.Chris Shackleton: As good as its far more crowded neighbor Big Star. Love the margarita, steak tacos, habanero popcorn, and the chips and salsa.

Angella M.Angella Miller: So good! Get the Rosemary Margarita❤❤

Ben K.Ben Kossak: The pineapple cilantro margarita and corn salad were both to die for.

10. Pancho Pistolas

700 W 31st St (at Union Ave.), Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · Bridgeport · 48 tips and reviews

Genevieve G.Genevieve Gonnigan: Best Margarita’s in Town & they are heavy on the Tequila. A pitcher of margaritas w/Chicken Nachos is the Happy Hour we all Live for! Cheers! Read more.

A B.A B: Best Margarita’s in the city. Must order the Bistec A la Mexicana

Nicole P.Nicole Parejko: Chips and salsa (2 kinds!) + awesome margaritas + a Sox game on = a great time! Love it here I come all the time!

11. The Mayan Palace Mexican Cuisine

2703 N Halsted St (at W Schubert Ave), Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · Park West · 25 tips and reviews

Rob N.Rob N.: Of course the margaritas are great and really on half price Tuesdays and Thursdays. Get anything steak! Wait staff is second to none.

Jenna W.Jenna Walker: Margaritas are tasty & 1/2 priced to Tues and Thurs. Friendly and attentive waiters. Large burrito meal is good to share. Good place to meet up with your friends and a pitcher of margaritas!

Mari B.Mari B: This was my Thursday wknd kick-off for 4 yrs! Margaritas in all flavors are awesome for 1/2 price, service is great, ceviche, steak taco salad and the steak nachos are the BEST!

12. La Cantina Grill

1911 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · Prairie District · 47 tips and reviews

Ron W.Ron Willis: If you like flavored Margarita’s you will have to try the Grapefruit Margarita with salt of course!

Heather F.Heather Folsom: Best (stuffed) chicken quesadilla I’ve ever had. Tilapia tacos, guac, & pineapple margarita were also delicious. Good service too.

Shani S.Shani Simon: Thursday night $6 margaritas & chicken tamales! Yum!!!

13. Cantina Laredo

508 N State St (btwn W Grand Ave & W Illinois St), Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · Near North Side · 131 tips and reviews

AskMenAskMen: Swing by to grab a margarita or hand-muddled mojito before diving into dishes such as the cascabel ribeye steak, Oaxaca cheese chile rellenos & braised pork shanks topped with chipotle wine sauce. Read more.

Melanie P.Melanie P: Get the quesadilla and the margaritas! Delicious.

Veronica R.Veronica Rivas: Try the Casa Rita Margarita! You’ll be in for a treat. The Mango & Pollo salad, amazing!

14. Cafe El Tapatio

3358 N Ashland Ave (at W Roscoe St), Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · Lakeview · 57 tips and reviews

Lexy P.Lexy P: One of the best burritos and margaritas I’ve had on the North Side. And outside eating! Total win.

laura h.laura honeycutt: The Rolls Magnificent Margarita is the best on the menu! Arrive thirsty!

Kelly O.Kelly O’Toole: Great food and Margs and the staff is super friendly! Gotta check this place out

15. Taco Joint

158 W Ontario St (btwn La Salle St & Wells St), Chicago, IL
Taco Place · River North · 50 tips and reviews

Sean B.Sean Beach: Love the tacos, affordable, fun margarita blends. A must stop on my visits to Chicago!

Taylor K.Taylor Konigseder: Awesome margarita and guacamole variety.

Katie W.Katie Waters: Great for groups! Delicious margaritas that will get a buzz going and a yummy variety of tacos. Subscribe to their email list too!