A bit further off the beaten path, you’ll find Brando’s Speakeasy, which will be hosting a brunch mixer complete with corned beef sandwiches, potatoes, green eggs & ham(!), and grilled cheese, perfectly timed so that when it ends, you’ll have time to hop on over to the parade. If you’re looking to take your day drinking to the high seas (the Chicago River totally counts as a sea, right?) there are plenty of tickets still available for booze cruises that promise to ferry you across the dyed river while you attack a full cash bar.
Now, for those of you who are in the spirit but also might not want to be packed like a sardine into an Irish pub or surrounded by people who have had probably three more Guinnesses than they really should have had, we’d highly recommend heading up north to the Irving Park neighborhood. Once there, you’ll find the Irish American Heritage Center, which will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day festival directly following the parade activities downtown. The festival will feature traditional Irish dance and music, authentic Irish food and drink for sale, and a whole slew of local vendors selling Irish gifts. You can also browse the center -- there will be exhibitions, films, and even Irish language lessons. As an added bonus, you’ll be able to brag to your friends about how much you’ve learned while you’re having your therapeutic hangover brunch the next day! Tickets are $12 if you buy them before March 15 and $15 at the door.