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Where to Feast on Fried Chicken in Chicago

The sun is shining, the temperature is heating up and cravings for summery classics like fried chicken are at an all-time high, making it an apt time to round up some of Chicago’s finest variations of this all-American specialty. From new dishes to timeworn favorites, here’s where to get your fix right now. Feed: While […]

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Sep 08, 2018 10:26 PM
Dine in Summer Style at These Waterside Restaurants

  Summer in Chicago is the best time of year to dine with a waterside view overlooking sea-sized Lake Michigan, drinking in the panoramic views as you simultaneously drink wine, cocktails and beer. Whether it’s a skyscraper-sized view or a casual cafe, these are some of your best options for beachy views and waterside vibes […]

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Sep 01, 2018 08:05 PM
Weekly Planner: Brunch News Edition

Brunch News Edition Lowcountry Adds Brunch Fasten those bibs, because brunch is served at Lowcountry. The South Loop outpost of the boil-in-a-bag seafood concept, which specializes in Cajun-style shellfish, has added weekend brunch to its popular portfolio. A slight departure from its usual eat-with-your-hands bag-centric menu, the brunch offerings span a spectrum of Southern comforts, from […]

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Jun 18, 2018 09:51 PM

Best Places to Drink Irish Coffee in Chicago

With St. Patrick’s Day days away, there’s never been a better time to enjoy some good old fashioned Irish coffee. Or perhaps even some new fashioned Irish coffee? Even beyond the holiday, now is a great time to savor warm and cozy sips before the weather takes a warm turn. Throughout the city, bars and restaurants are pouring their own takes on this boozy, warming staple, be it a traditional rendition or a more neoteric take. Here are some of the best Irish coffees in Chicago: 


D4 Irish Pub
D4 Irish Pub

D4 Irish Pub: While this Streeterville staple may seem like a pretty classic haunt, they’re not too timid to get creative and push the envelope. Case in point, their Irish coffee isn’t your typical warm brew. Rather, the brunch beverage is served chilled, made with Two Brothers Leviathan cold-brew coffee and Bushmills-infused whipped cream. It’s silky, delicate and the perfect blend of bitter and sweet, with a bit of a smoky undertone from the cold-brew. 

CC Ferns: It’s Irish coffee for breakfast at this hip Humboldt Park coffee shop, where drinks frequently toe the line between lattes and cocktails. The whiskey cream latte is a prime example, a twist on an Irish coffee made with aromatic baking spices, whiskey, cream and steamed milk. It’s poured into a cute saucer-sized mug for sipping in one of the shop’s quaint lounge chairs, and it’s great fuel for getting a little work done on your laptop if you’re feeling saucy. 

The Grafton: It doesn’t get much more quintessential Irish than a whiskey-spiked coffee at this go-to haunt. Pleasantly potent, this thing packs a punch, with a good amount of sweetness from the cream to help balance out. Pro tip: the coffee is best enjoyed sitting by the on-site fireplace. 

Fado Irish Pub: One of the signature sippers at this River North pub, the Fado Irish Coffee is a real soul-soother, made from Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey, brown sugar, hot coffee and cream. It’s capped off with a few sprinkles and swirls of cinnamon, which add a nice fragrance to the medley. 

Chief O’Neill’s Irish Pub: It’s all about tradition at Chief O’Neill’s, where the hot coffee, sugar, cream and whiskey are all bold, strong and in perfect harmony with one another. Best to let the drink mellow for a bit, to cool it down and also let the flavors marry and meld together, infusing some of that sugar throughout the drink. 

Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro: Save room for dessert at this North Center institution, because the Irish coffee is not to be missed. Basically a boozy dessert-in-a-glass, this minty, refreshing rendition contains Tullamore D.E.W., Columbia Roastery coffee, whipped cream and creme de menthe. 

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Opened in the fall of 1999 by All-Ireland musicians Brendan and Siobhan McKinney, Chief O'Neill's celebrates the Celtic music preserved by its namesake. An Irish and American menu features in...

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A cozy, comfortable tavern next to the Old Town School of Folk Music in Lincoln Square, The Grafton offers Irish and American cuisine, as well as a wide range of...

Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro opened its doors in 2005 with a long tradition of hospitality and public service already at its foundation. The brainchild of the late Jim...

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