St. Patrick's Day Celebration- Best of the Chicago Suburbs

As the official St. Patrick 's Day approaches this Thursday, it's difficult to believe that many in Chicago and throughout the suburbs have already been going strong for almost a week. For any other holiday you don't see a pre-game to a pre-party, to a pre-week, plus the real deal and one can't forget the post gathering to recoup and follow "Hair of the Dog" to get you through withdrawal of such a lengthy & intense celebration!

Even though Massachusetts may be the most Irish State, Evergreen Park, Illinois is the most Irish American town having 19,236 residents being of Irish descents.  That's 39.6% of Irish Americans in the United States! According to the 2007 US Census American Community Survey, Irish descendents top the largest European ancestries residing in Chicago, with 201, 836!

Therefore, you see if one lives in the Chicagoland suburbs you have responsibilities to live up to. This is no amateur holiday and so whether or not you have Irish running through your blood,  this day, week & month you do and you better be ready to eat, dance, drink, kiss and embrace such a fantastic culture!

I may not be able to help ease your hangover, but hopefully I may assist with your St. Patty's day plans. No matter where you live, here are the top Irish Pubs/Restaurants throughout the Chicagoland Suburbs. Simply check out their location, read their St. Patty-Day Specials and to make it even easier, once your location is picked take a look at the
Metra or Mapquest to get you there safely~ People this can't get any easier!

Ballydoyle Irish Pub, Aurora IL (630) 844- 0400
WOW! Do they mean business?! Check out this schedule below!
6:00 am                      Let the celebration begin-Ballydoyle doors are open!
8:00 am                      Eggs & Kegs
11:00 am                    Irish Dancers
12:00pm- 12:30pm      
McNulty Irish Dancers
12:00pm                     Aurora Pipe & Drum Corps.
2:00pm                       $10 Cover begins
3:00pm- 3:30pm          McNulty Irish Dancers
The Sandcarvers- "It's Celtic, It's Rock, Nuff said"
7:00-7:30pm                McNulty Irish Dancers
7:00pm                       Irish Dancers
8:00pm-1:00am          Knights of Ballydoyle Procession & Toast
The Mighty Regis- "Celtic Punk Rock"
$.40 Wings +$1 Baskets of Chips +  $2
Miller Lite Drafts ( Specials not available at 6:00 am)


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The James Joyce Irish Pub, Berwyn IL (708) 795-1100

Located right off the Burlington Metra line, James Joyce offers a warm quaint, traditional Irish pub feel. Even if it's your first time stepping in, you'll immediately feel like you've been going there for years!
St. Patrick's Day Party 7pm-1am
Smidicks Irish Red Ale                        $4.50
Miller Lite Pints                                   $4.50
Miller Lite Chi-Rish Aluminum Cans      $3.50
*Note- There is no kitchen, so coat your stomach before diving into these specials!


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Irish Times Pub & Restaurant, Brookfield IL (708) 485-8787
Word is out for this once time hidden gem! Just steps from the Burlington Metra line, Irish times is the epitome of Old World, traditional Irish atmosphere & fare!  If there wasn't a sign on the door, one may think they were stepping into an Inn located in vast Irish Countryside. Not only can you cozy up by their stone fireplace, but if the weather is nice, head in back to their Old World Beer Garden or step into their Cozy Cottage. As with every year, Irish Times is a staple for the celebration of Irish heritage & St. Patrick's Day fun!
The Ultimate St. Patrick's Day party will be kicking off at 8am!
You can either begin with their very popular Irish breakfast or indulge in some of the best homemade, traditional Irish fare. Including Corn beef & Cabbage, Guinness beef stew, Shepherds' pie, or my absolute, most personal favorite, their melt in your mouth, Reuben sandwich!
Festivities will be running until 1:30 am, including Irish Dancers, Bagpipers, live music (featuring plenty of traditional Irish music), followed by DJ Andy later in the evening!
Guinness & Harp specials will be featured throughout the whole day!

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Rafferty's Irish Pub, Countryside IL  (708) 246-3188

Is the perfect cozy, charming Irish pub. Whether you sit around the bar and share some stories & pints or warm-up by their stone fireplace, you'll definitely leave enjoying the atmosphere, staff and the relaxing tone that is set.
Rafferty's will be open at 11am
They will have a special limited menu of traditional Irish fare, with their dish of Corn beef & Cabbage. (They are famous for their corn beef bite appetizer-A MUST TO TRY!)

They will be going all out by serving green beer & shots and having 2 bag piper performances!

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Ballydoyle Irish Pub, Downers Grove IL   (630) 969-0600

Similar to their Aurora location, Ballydoyle, Downers Grove has a jammed packed schedule!

6:00 am                      Let the celebration begin-Ballydoyle doors are open!
8:00 am                      Eggs & Kegs
11:00 am                    Bagpipes & Irish Dancers
12:00pm- 12:30pm      McNulty Irish Dancers
12:00pm                    Aiden O'Toole
3:00pm- 3:30pm        
McNulty Irish Dancers
3:30pm                      Tom Hughes
7:00-7:30pm                McNulty Irish Dancers
8:30pm                       Knights of Ballydoyle
The Sandcarvers "It's Celtic, It's Rock, Nuff Said"
$.40 Wings +$1 Baskets of Chips +  $2 Miller Lite Drafts ( Specials not available at 6:00 am)

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Doc Ryan's Bar & Grill, Forest Park IL (708) 366-2823
A staple on Madison St. in Forest Park since 1950!
Open from 11am -3am
$4 Chi-Rish aluminum pints
$6 pitchers of Miller Lite
Green draft beer (Limited-get there early!)
Food Special- Corn beef & cabbage

DJ throughout the evening! 

Healys Westside, Forest Park IL (708) 366-HARP
Healys is a staple in Forest Park since 1954. They will be offering an Irish Stew special & a little twist to the traditional Irish offers~ Corona & Corona Light $3.25. Perfect mix in my book!
For more  V.I.P. specials text " Healy" to 46786


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Shannon's Irish Pub, Glen Ellyn IL (630)790-9080

Doors open at 8am & giveaways all day!


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Palmer Place, LaGrange IL (708) 482-7127

A favorite in downtown LaGrange, Palmers is know for their MASSIVE beer list, burgers, excellent staff and food! They're so much about their beer that you can go onto their website and get an up-to-date lisitng of what's on tap, bottles, and cans! Tell me that's not cool!

Open 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Noon: The Plough Boys (Irish Pub Songs)
6:00 PM the World Famous Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band
6:30 David Crawford from the Redhead Piano Bar
7:00 PM The Bad Dad's (Cover Band)
9:00 PM DJ Don / Karaoke



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The Tribes Alehouse (Galtribes), Mokena IL (815) 464-0248

If you're looking for beer, this is the place to go! They offer 42 different craft beers on draft, not to mention cask beer (when available). If beer isn't your thing, they also offer a full bar!
Food Special- Corn beef & cabbage
Doors open 11am- Last call 1am

Quigley's Irish Pub, Naperville IL (630) 428- IRSH
Located right in downtown Naperville, Quigley's will be offering a few 21 & over celebration throughout the day! There will be a limited menu of Fish n' Chips, Corn Beef & Cabbage, with various other Irish favorites. Also, offering some of the best Irish music, beginning with New Element ( 3-6 pm). New Element will be rocking out some traditional Irish as well as some your favorite classics. It doesn't stop there, from 8-12pm, Cirrus Falson with be playing your favorite Irish Drinking Tunes & some good ole' Rock & Roll


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Tommy Nevin's Pub, Naperville IL (630) 428-4242
Tommy Nevin's will be featuring all favorite Irish food, drinks & festivities!
11am          Trinity Irish Dancers
12pm-3pm   Larkin & Moran Brothers
4pm-8pm     3 Men in Kilts
9pm            Highland Guard Pipers & Drums



McNally's, St. Charles IL (630) 513-6300

They don't just have a Corn beef & cabbage special, they have a whole parade! Unfortunately, they hosted their 12th annual parade this past Saturday, but that is definitely something to pencil in your planner for next year.
 Don't worry though, they'll still will be rocking it out on St.Patrick's Day!
Doors open at 9am for a traditional Irish breakfast
11am- Begin serving their regular menu
Starting at 2pm they will be kicking off with music all day long!
2pm-      O'Brien band
5-8pm   SODA
9-2am   Automatic Fixx



Pub 222, St. Charles IL (630) 584-4222
Check out their
Facebook page for their open event- Annual Pub 222 ST. PATS PARTY
Party kicks off at 11am with live entertainment, featuring The Down Town Charlie Browns from 7pm- 11pm. Not only will the pub be jamming, but they will have an additional heated outdoor tent all weekend, outdoor bar & great specials!



Muldoon's, Wheaton IL (630) 668-8866 

12pm-3pm     St. James Gate

 4pm-8pm      Gavin Coyle
 9:30pm        Chicalba Bagpiping




Kerry Piper, Willowbrook IL (630) 325-3732
11am-3pm          Gavin Coyle
4pm-8pm            Patrick's Rowdy Irishmen
8:30pm               Chicalba Bagpiping
10pm-Close        Three Men In Kilts

Be prepared Kerry Piper knows how to get down for St.Patrick's Day!!


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Duffy's Tavern, Utica IL (815) 667- 4324

I know this may be a little farther than the suburbs of Chicago, but I had to put it on the list. For being a mile down the rode from Starve Rock State Park and in a town with the population of 1,638, the town of Utica & Duffy's Tavern knows what's up. Sit a few minutes at the bar and you'll begin to think that your family has been a staple in this town, since your grand-daddy was young! No joke-their that friendly! Not to mention great staff, but great food and the Utica annual St.Patrick's Day Parade that Duffy's plays a major role in! 

Still going strong from the parade last Saturday, they have food specials running all week, including Corn beef & cabbage, Irish sausage pie, Shepherds' pie, Irish stew, and an Irish Sampler pie (which includes the pies listed above)!
Join them for great food, drinks and an amazing time from 10am -2am!


Now that you've had a chance to pick where your Patty Party will be going down, let's add another fun twist! Out of the pubs listed above, vote witch one you would like to see Restaurant Rolodex girl attend on St. Patty's Day. You can do so by either commenting on the Chicago Now Blog or on Restaurant Rolodex Facebook Page!

Can't wait to see where I'll be saying SLAINTE come Thursday!

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