St. Patrick's Day is here, and these 15 mighty independent Irish pubs are ready to celebrate

by Carrie Bradon | Mar. 16, 2018, 3:22pm |

Chicago is an excellent place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, whether you're Irish or not.

America is a country of immigrants and while holding onto our heritage is important, there is one day a year where we all put our individual histories aside and tap into our love of the Irish. 

St. Patrick's Day has become one of the most beloved holidays in the U.S. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that so many Irish families immigrated to America or that we all love a pint of cold beer and time with friends. Regardless of the reason, March is always filled with the color green, wishes for good luck and plenty of fish and chips. 

Chicago is an excellent place in which to celebrate St. Paddy's Day, and whether you're Irish or not, here are 15 mighty independent pubs that you will enjoy visiting.

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Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant

100 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 836-0066
Great food, service and environment, Fado's has everything a pub needs to be successful.

Chief O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant

3471 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
(771) 583-3066
Chief O'Neill's has a great brunch, and friendly service is always on tap.

Galway Arms

2442 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 472-5555
Chicago has a large population of individuals with Irish heritage and Galway Arms is a good place to get a taste of that culture.

Emmit's Irish Pub

495 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 563-9631
You'll appreciate the Irish theme of the decor at this pub.

The Irish Nobleman

1367 W. Erie St., Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 374-3487
This is a charming Irish pub where you can expect friendly service and delicious dishes.

O'Shaughnessy's Public House

4557 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 944-9896
Many resident Chicagoans rave that this is the best Irish pub in Chicago, making it worth a visit.

D4 Irish Pub & Cafe

345 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 624-8385
D4 is a nice choice for a casual get-together with friends or family, where you can sip your favorite draft and snack on some chips, or as we refer to them in the U.S., fries.

Timothy O'Toole's Pub-Chicago

622 N. Fairbanks Court, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-0700
A sports bar in the heart of the Near North Side, you'll enjoy a hearty purger and pint of Guiness here.

The Curragh Irish Pub

6705 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago, IL 60631
(773) 774-6170
This is the place to be if you are in the mood for a traditional meal of Irish comfort food.


29 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 527-1180
You'll love the location and their cold beers on draft.

The Grafton

4530 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 271-9000
The Grafton has a nice selection of beers, as well as yummy dishes to try.

Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

3905 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 248-3905
Mrs. Murphy's is a very traditional restaurant, from the aura to the food choices.

Emerald Loop

216 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 263-0200
This is a sports bar meets Irish pub, so you can enjoy watching various games throughout the year here.

Kitty O'Shea's

720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 294-6860
Conveniently located and affordably priced, Kitty O'Shea's is a great option for a St. Paddy's Day meal.

The Kerryman

661 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 335-8121
This is a pleasant spot to enjoy a pint and some traditional Irish fare.

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