Ranked: Top Ten Pubs to be in on St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

In Case You Are Still Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day…..

The 5 Best Irish Pubs in Chicago

According to the Chicago Traveler:

Top 10 Irish Pubs in Chicago

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and to help you celebrate, the “Luck of the Irish” in Chicago, we’ve assembled a Top 10 list, with a little something for everyone!  From authentic, to affordable, this list has it all!

Top 10 Irish Pubs Chicago

#1  The Kerryman

Ireland meets River North with this classic, located at Erie and Clark on the Near North Side. Whether it’s relaxing on the mezzanine with friends after work, or enjoying their distinct Irish version of a quesadilla, The Kerryman is a must, when out and about in the River North area.

#2  The Abbey

This Northwest Side pub screams Irish meets the British Invasion.  It’s as if Paul, Ringo, and the gang had stopped in for a Guinness and had never left. The house bands flash you back to the 60’s with hits like, “Lucy in the Sky” and “Yellow Submarine.”

#3  Fado Irish Pub

Whether it’s the Irish flag, Irish bartenders, or the enticing aroma of malt vinegar they serve with their fish and chips, this is your classic Chicago Irish pub. Competing with other hot spots in River North, Fado separates itself by their authentic Irish interior, and their complete list of Guinness concoctions, and Irish brews.

#4  McGee’s

Located right in the heart of Lincoln Park, McGee’s offers that eclectic mix for a casual evening, while also giving anyone who chooses, the opportunity to really paint the town green. Later in the night, the live music kicks it up a notch, and you would be hard-pressed to find room on the dance floor.

#5  McFadden’s

Gold Coast’s hottest Irish Pub is not only the most popular Pub in this upscale neighborhood, but it  provides a nice hideaway from the chaos and bustle of the Division Street bars.

#6  The Irish Oak

There are not many true “pubs” in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. The Irish Oak is only one block from Wrigley Field, and upon stepping in the door, the atmosphere immediately takes you across the pond to Ireland.  They also feature enough Guinness for just about anyone to forget about the Cubs having another losing season.

#7  O’Shaughnessy’s

This Ravenswood classic features one of the most extensive draft beer selections on the top 10. In addition to Guinness, this pub features 13 other Irish and English beers on tap.   The friendly staff, and amazing food will make you want to order another!

#8  Emmit’s Irish Pub

An Irish eatery with more imported Irish beers than you would ever expect, and a location steps off the “El” (right off the Grand Blue Line Stop), makes this an all-time favorite of this Top 10 list!

#9  Dublin’s

Stay for the food!  When an Irish pub features baked goat cheese with tomato basil sauce and garlic toast points, it is like you walked into a 25th century upper-class Irish bar.

#10  Brehon Pub

Another foody favorite, this Irish pub located at 731 N. Wells Street, is a watering hole that features not only a vast menu, but some of the best specials any of these Irish pubs have to offer. With features like Fish N’ Chips, or Brats and Chips, for only $5.95 on a Friday, this makes for a great stop, anytime!



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!



Best Grub in Chicago’s Wicker Park Neighborhood

Best Grub in Chicago’s Wicker Park Neighborhood

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Jeni’s Opens Her Splendid Wicker Park Ice Cream World:

WICKER PARK — Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, the much-anticipatedartisanal ice cream from Jeni Britton Bauer — an Ohio-based chef known mostly by her first name — opens Tuesday and yes, there will be free scoops.

Set for 7-10 p.m. Tuesday at 1505 N. Milwaukee Ave., the festivities will include free ceramic mugs featuring the colors of the shop’s ice cream flavors, given away to the first 50 folks in line.

During a preview party on Monday, Umberto Castaneda, a DJ at theCrocodile, 1540 N. Milwaukee Ave., was holding two cones, one for him and the other for his girlfriend, Merideth Olson.

Castenada’s waffle cone was packed with Buckeye state, a blend of salted peanut butter and dark chocolate, while Olson had the black cat espresso, a collaboration between Jeni’s and Chicago-based Intelligensia, using ground espresso beans steeped in cream.

Olson, a clerk at Plenty, a specialty grocery at 2036 W. Division St., said that pints of Jeni’s are among Plenty’s best-sellers.

“It is so popular. I am super glad they are opening a shop here,” Olson said.

Most pints at Jeni’s are $12, and only one flavor is available now — Queen City Cayenne. Scoops of ice cream start at $5 for two flavors.

The cozy shop — with orange chairs and patterned gray tiles —  offers Jeni’s signature flavors, including brambleberry crisp, pistachio and honey.

Five limited-edition flavors (lemon buttermilk tart frozen yogurt; Bangkok peanut, etc.) and four ice cream sandwiches (oatmeal cream, salty caramel with smoked almonds) round out the menu.

Britton Bauer, an art school dropout, said she once thought if she made it to the five-year mark making artisan ice cream she would somehow “be professional.”

“Then it was a 10-year mark and now 20,” Britton Bauer said.

When asked if her children will one day take over the business, Britton Bauer said that is hard to say but whether they are inspired by making ice cream or not, she would want them to run their own businesses.

“Being an entrepreneur is like forming your own world. You get to make up your own rules, surround yourself with awesome people and be inspired every day,” she said.

Though she lives in Ohio, the 41-year-old entrepreneur said she spent her early years in Peoria, where her family was from before they moved to Ohio in the 1980s.

Britton Bauer said that she chose to open her second Chicago shop and 21st nationwide in Wicker Park because it is a neighborhood where you can spend the whole day, going to the park to brunch to shopping and eventually eating ice cream.

Britton Bauer is flying back to Columbus Wednesday after the new shop’s first full day. She plans to visit often.

“I’m just a 45-minute flight away,” Britton Bauer said.



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