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hoopsgalore
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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
Paddy Long’s is awesome.


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geauxfish24
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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
Cindys rooftop on Michigan Ave. Believe it's on top of the Chicago Athletic Association hotel.

Great view and drinks


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hoopsgalore
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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
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you don't mind venturing out a bit more into River North / Old Town,


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Don't mind at all.


Chitown_Badger mentioned it, but Old Town bars tend to attract a younger crowd, but still some spots worth checking out.

- J. Parker is a bar/restaurant on the roof of Hotel Lincoln. It'll be covered when you're in Chicago, but you can still get plenty of nice views through the glass.

- River Shannon teeters Lincoln Park and Old Town. Classic, popular Irish Pub.

- Marge's Still has an average beer list, stiff cocktails, and some awesome history.

- Twin Anchors is a very popular BBQ spot right down the street from Marge's. Another spot with a lot of history in Chicago.

- Wells Street is lined with bars, most of which will have a younger crowd.

I'm more about bars/pubs/cocktail lounges than I am clubs, so I'm not in River North too often, but there's plenty of variety.

- Broken Shaker in the Freehand is a good place for cocktails. Three Dots and a Dash is popular for tiki drinks, but I prefer Lost Lake in Logan Square. The Library and The Drifter are both "speakeasy" cocktail bars below Gilt Bar and Green Door Tavern. Watershed is also categorized as a "speakeasy." I put these in quotation marks because it's such a loose term.

- Centennial and Clark Street Ale House have a good craft beer list.

- Portillo's is in River North. Serves up all sorts of quick eats (dogs, burgers, Italian beef, dessert) and price point is awesome.

Let me know if you want to venture into other Chicago neighborhoods (i.e. Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Logan Square, Wicker Park, West Loop).


MetryMojo
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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
Thanks again for the input everyone. Much appreciated! I'll hit up as much as I can in 4 days.


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hiltacular
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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
What's your plan for St. Paddy's? I live right by River Shannon I am sure I will be there at some point. Looking for somewhere decent to go for lunch that is semi-irish that won'e be mobbed


hoopsgalore
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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
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What's your plan for St. Paddy's? I live right by River Shannon I am sure I will be there at some point. Looking for somewhere decent to go for lunch that is semi-irish that won'e be mobbed


My buddy is having a party on Southport and Wrightwood in Lincoln Park. If I head to bars later in the day, I'll probably walk to McGee's or State near DePaul.

A lot of bars will do their own St. Paddy's parties that start at 8-9am, so getting lunch at a place that isn't mobbed, especially an Irish bar, will take some research. I would just call some places that aren't too far from your apartment/house and ask if they have any events planned for that Saturday.


Chitown_Badger
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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
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My buddy is having a party on Southport and Wrightwood in Lincoln Park. If I head to bars later in the day,


That's our plan as well except our party is at a place downtown (unfortunately). If you venture out early/mid afternoon to the bars, it's usually died down from the early morning crush.

And all the bars will be crowded and pretty fun. Not worth waiting in line for an hour at a fake arse irish bar (by fake, I mean an irish sounding name and guinness on tap with nothing else irish about it.)

I love to sleep, so it always amazed me how jammed the bars would be at 8 a.m., with people puking in the streets by 10 or 11. fricking millenials

Our group will sometimes head up to Chief O'Neill's in the afternoon. That's about as legit as it gets. They have an irish buffet, bagpipers, irish dancers, irish music...you name it. And the crowd is a little bit more mixed with young folks and some families. Nice outdoor space if it's nice out.

St Patrick's Day in Chicago is a frickin sight to behold.

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hoopsgalore
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Member since Nov 2013
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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
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fricking millenials


Right here! ... Minus the puking.

I've heard good things about Lizzie McNeill's on St. Patrick's Day, but I bet it is an absolute zoo. Right along the river...


Chitown_Badger
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Right here! ... Minus the puking.


Sorry about that. No offense intended. I'm sure we can both agree though, fricking students (get to the damn game on time).


hoopsgalore
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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
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fricking students


Say no more.


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