St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans

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Wake up! Wake up! This is no time to be sober. Throw on your Irish Drinking Team t-shirt, your shamrock shorts, your beads, your oversized green sunglasses, your leprechaun hat, your green boots… It’s CHI-IRISH MORNING-every Chicagoan’s favorite alcoholiday. So gather your colleen’s (Irish girls) and your buachaillí (Irish boys) and even your friends that aren’t Irish (just add beer to add Irish). And do the Shamrock Rock over to one of Chicago’s pubs. Because today a breakfast of plain cereal won’t get you in the spirit (unless maybe it’s Lucky Charms), but below is a list of places serving up breakfast and a pregame fit for the world’s largest leprechaun.

Breakfast & Pregame:

Casey Morans
-Saturday traditional bagpipers and green beer-$10 Kegs & Eggs including green Miller Lite and an Irish Buffet (green Miller Lite lasts all day)
-On actual St. Patrick’s Day $25 package including green Miller Lite, Absolut cocktails, Jameson cocktails, Well drinks and Irish buffet
When: March 12: 8a.m.-10a.m.
March 17: 10a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Wrigleyville
3660 N. Clark St.

Timothy O’Toole’s
-No cover
-$8.99 Guinness French Toast, $11.99 Guiness beef stew
-$5 green beer jumbo drafts, $8 Irish Car bombs
-Take a $5 shot of Jameson WITH a leprechaun
When: March 12: 9:00 a.m. -3 a.m.
March 17: 10 a.m. -3 a.m.
Location: Gold Coast
622 N. Fairbanks Ct.

Rebel Bar and Grill
-$20 Breakfast special including well drinks & domestic beers.
-$6 Irish car bombs and $1 Grilled Cheeses
When: March 12 9a.m. to 1p.m.
Location: Wrigleyville
3462 N. Clark Street

Uncle Fatty’s Rum Resort
-Opens at 8a.m.
-$20 Keg & Eggs including traditional grub like Irish soda bread and green beer
-Beer Pong Tournament with $250 cash prize for 1st place winner
When: March 12 9a.m. to 12a.m.
Location: Lakeview
2833 N. Sheffield

Emerald Loop Bar and Grill
-Opens 7a.m.
-No cover
-Traditional Irish food-corned beef sandwiches
-Irish dancers, bagpipers
-$5.50 16-ounces of green Miller Lite
-Very close to the river dyeing
When: March 12
Location: Loop
216 N. Wabash Ave.

Next stop on your journey is Chicago’s very own Emerald Isle. On Columbus Dr. you will experience the legendary St. Patrick’s Day ceremonial Chicago River dying. People come from all over the country to participate in this tradition and you would be a fool to miss out on it! Bridge pictures capture the greatness of the river and the giant Shamrock Shake adding to the green hue makes for a fun photo op! Then march over to the largest parade in the city. You’ll wave to colorful floats, marching bands, politicians, Irish dancers and kilt clad Irish bag pipers!

Main Events:

2011 Dying of Chicago River
-Saturday March 12 starting at 10a.m. but lasts a few hours
-399 N. Columbus Drive
-Best place to view this year is between Columbus and Wabash
Website: www.greenchicagoriver.com

2011 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
-Saturday March 12 at 12:00 (Noon)
-56th annual parade begins at Columbus and Balbo Drives
Best place to view-is the viewing stand in front of Buckingham Fountain
Website: www.chicagostpatsparade.com/parade.html

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Chicago! And until next year-peace, love and shamrocks!

About Natalie Scheid

When Mattel manufactures your idol and your nickname is Barbie life can get pretty unreal. My favorite activities include cheering on the White Sox (I’ve been converting Cubs fans since 1986), meeting new people and writing on the rooftop with the skyline as my backdrop. You might be able to find me at the opening of a new hot spot, soaking up some culture at a local museum or art show, or enjoying one of the cities fabulous festivals. So…. catch me if you can!

One Comment

  • March 12, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    I keep it simple and just dye a bottle of vodka green, pour it in a water bottle, and take it to my favorite breakfast establishment to start my day!

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