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20 ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago


  1. Celebrate the ‘Celtic Muse’ at Davenport’s, Wicker Park, 8 p.m. tonight and Friday, March 19, $15 plus two-drink minimum. Gillian Kelly and Claire Bigley perform Irish favorites such as “The Nightingale,” “Finnegan’s Wake,” and “The Rising of the Moon.” $3 Harps and Guinness, too.

  2. Visit the Irish American Heritage Center, Irving Park, through March 20. Events begin at 7 p.m. tonight, Irish Dance Chicago, with more than 200 dancers, $10. From 1 p.m. to midnight tomorrow, the family-oriented St. Patrick’s Festival offers Irish music, dance, food and children’s activities, $15, kids free. At 7 p.m. Sunday, the hot Irish band Munnelly performs, $20. St. Patrick’s Day itself starts with Mass at 11:30 a.m. followed by Irish dancing, traditional and modern Irish music and food till midnight, $10, kids free. Events culminate at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 20, with “Stepping Forward,” a variety show of Chicago’s best of Irish music, step dancing and bag piping, $20 general admission, $30 VIP reserved seating.

  3. Cook with Guinness.

  4. Dig in at O’Donovan’s, North Center, through Wednesday, March 17. Corned beef and cabbage, $9.50; reuben sandwiches, $7; and corned-beef sandwiches, $6.50 — throughout. Friday fish and chips, $7.95; Saturday 10-ounce New York Strip, $9.95; and other specials nightly. Dan the Piper and Irish dancers entertain Saturday and Wednesday.

  5. L. Woods Go Bragh! festival, Lincolnwood, through Wednesday, March 17, no cover. Music, Irish dancers, children’s activities and an Irish menu in a heated tent. The food includes corned beef and cabbage soup, corned beef and cabbage, Guinness-braised beef stew, boxty and Irish organic salmon.

  6. Watch the Chicago River turn green, Loop, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 13, free.

  7. Watch it in comfort at Flatwater, in River North, no cover with reservations/span>. Riverside windows overlook the verdant Chicago River, and green beer and Irish food specials feature, with DJs Greg Bauer, John Curley and Bern spinning the tunes.

  8. Be part of a new South Side tradition, Beverly, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 13, $10, $7 seniors, kids free till 4 p.m.; $25 after 4 p.m.

  9. See a parade, north along Columbus Drive from Balbo to Monroe Drive in the Loop, noon Saturday, March 13.

  10. Sample some Bushmill’s in the South Loop, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 13, free.

  11. Enjoy the “Lux of the Irish” at Luxbar, Gold Coast, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 13, $30. An all-you-can-eat-and-drink beef includes Irish corned beef, an array of sliders, draft beers, Guinness flights and Jameson Whiskey samples. The Shannon Irish Rovers Pipe Band and the Jimmy and Seamus Boyle Band perform. Proceeds benefit Misericordia.

  12. Eat Irish stew at Cuna, Lakeview,  p.m. Saturday, March 13, through Wednesday, March 17, $14. Chef Kendal Duque’s Irish lamb stew with carrots, peas, and mint is served over a traditional potato boxty. Drink specials include $3 16-ounce green Miller Lite drafts and $6 Jameson Irish Whiskey shots.

  13. Shamrock and roll at Smoke Daddy, Wicker Park, Saturday, March 13, through Thursday, March 18. The Famous Carey Sisters Irish Step Dance Show kicks off the festivities 2 p.m. tomorrow; a Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s beer tasting figures at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, followed by the Matt Stedman Band with blues, rock and Celtic tunes. Corned beef-and-cabbage sandwiches are $8.50 throughout.

  14. See another another parade, from 6633 W. Raven St. south down Neola Avenue to Northwest Highway, north to Harlem Avenue in Norwood Park, noon Sunday, March 14. After-party, 6211 W. Talcott Ave., 1 p.m., $10, $5 kids, includes a Danny Boy corned beef and cabbage dinner, beer, wine and soda.

  15. Savor “Irish Stew” onstage at Village Players, Oak Park, 7 p.m. Sundays, March 14 and 21, $20, $15 seniors and students. A theatrical stew of the story, songs, music and poetry of the old village pub, featuring story artists Margaret Burk and Megan Wells, troubadour Gerry Dignan, songwriter, singer and Irish history buff Paul McKenna and young musicians from the Academy of Irish Music.

  16. Eat a reuben egg roll.

  17. Have Irish whiskey for breakfast, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, free.

  18. Eat a Guinness pizza at Frasca, Lakeview, 4:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, $8. The wood-fired, Guinness-crusted pizza is topped with potatoes, bechamel and white onions.

  19. Drink Green River.

  20. Hear the Irish Heritage Singers, Prairie Center for the Arts, Schaumburg, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 20, $20.