St. Patrick’s Day 2014

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St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago is one of the biggest drinking days in the city. This year most of the celebrations will be taking place on Saturday March 15, 2014, since St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday this year. Why is this holiday such a huge Chicago tradition? St. Patrick’s Day is a day to commemorate the death of St. Patrick, it has been celebrated for over one thousand years. Chicago has a large concentration of people of Irish descent and although a large number of the people who celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day are not Irish in any way, we all kind of adopt the Irish heritage for the day (even if it just means drinking green beer in shamrock-shaped sunglasses).
You can walk into any bar this St. Patrick’s Day and have a great time. You could even walk the streets near the river and have a great time. But if you want to have the best St. Patrick’s Day you’ve ever had (actually, it will be the best Saturday before St. Patrick’s day you’ve ever had…), you need to see this list.
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To start the day, you’ll want to wake up as early as you can. This day isn’t about beauty sleep and it isn’t about looking like you’re about to go to a club. It’s about celebrating the fact that this is the first day of the year where people will most definitely be drinking outside (no matter the weather), everyone will be in a great mood, and 99% of people will probably be drunk. Hopefully you’ve prepared by purchasing some green clothing (Pants, dress, shirt, sweatshirt, leggings, anything will do!) but that really isn’t enough. If you really want to make the day count you’ll have purchased one or more of the following: some shamrock tattoos (yes, you put them on your face), shamrock sunglasses, a leprechaun outfit, green mardi gras beads, or some kind of shamrock headpiece.
Chicago Apartments, St. Patrick's Day
Now, it will most likely be freezing cold because let’s face it, it’s Chicago. So you’ll want to be sure to pick a spot near the river for brunch and drinks because you will most definitely not want to be standing outside watching the river get dyed green without a liquid blanket. The river dying begins at 10am on Saturday so hit up one of these spots nearby for St. Patrick’s Day brunch and drinks:
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Fado’s Irish Pub
O’Leary’s Public House
Lizzie McNeill’s
O’Callaghan’s
Kerryman Irish Bar & Restaurant
The Green Door Tavern
Emerald Loop Bar & Grill
After brunch and the dyeing of the river you have some choices. You can either attend the St. Patrick’s Day parade which kicks off at noon sharp or you can continue to visit some of Chicago’s finest Irish bars. No matter your choice a few things are necessary for the rest of your day to be successful:
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Never turn down a green beer, it’s bad luck
If you plan on doing a bar crawl or being outside often, make sure dress in layers (GREEN LAYERS) because I don’t care what the weather says, it will probably snow.
Keep extra shamrock tattoos/kiss me I’m Irish stickers/green eye shadow in your bag because offering any of the above to any stranger will automatically provide you with a new best friend (and maybe even get you a skip in a long line).
Chicago Apartments, St. Patrick's Day
If you do plan on continuing the tour of some of Chicago’s Irish Pubs, see the list below for some of our favorites in PPM’s neighborhoods:

Gold Coast

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McFadden’s
Declan’s Irish Pub
Pippin’s Tavern
McGinny’s Tap

Lincoln Park

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River Shannon
O’Malley’s West
Halsted Harp
Kelly’s Pub
The Galway Arms
Crossroads

Lakeview

Chicago Apartments, St. Patrick's Day, Lakeview
Durkin’s
Duffy’s Tavern
Johnny O’Hagan’s
Mystic Celt
Friar Tuck
Matisse Tavern
Have fun, be safe, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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