According to a recent NielsenIQ analysis, St. Patrick’s Day is the highest grossing day of the year for U.S. bars and restaurants. What that means to you is that restaurants are really, really busy on this Irish-centric holiday. Here are ten places where you can make reservations…and you should make them like right now!


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Galway Arms

Galway Arms in a rambling old brownstone is where you go if you want a sedate, sit-down Irish meal.

Monarch and Lion, just steps from the Magnificent Mile, serves up old-timey Emerald Island favorites, like fish & chips and savory pies.

Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant is a kind of fine dining Irish restaurant, with all the classics prepared with great attention to detail.

Fado Irish Pub has lines wrapping around the corner on St. Paddy’s Day, and it’s no mystery why this pub – with three levels of merry making – is the perfect place to go on the day we all wear green.

Guiness Open Gate Brewery

Guinness Open Gate Brewery, a huge space in a renovated train depot, will be packed on St. Patrick’s Day with those who long for real Irish chow.

O’Leary’s Public House is a pub that always has a game going on the telly.

Paddy Longs offers a full menu of Ireland’s favorite dishes…and beers; it has the feel of the kind of place you’d find in Dublin.

The Gage on Michigan Avenue is the perfect place for a proper U.K. dinner…or beer.

D4 Irish Pub & Café offers updated Irish favorites, suitable for sit-down diners and bar hoppers.

Grafton Pub and Grill has a big Irish menu and a big list of whiskies; it’s a good time.