Chief O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant
Named after a Chicago policeman who supposedly saved Irish music (he reportedly collected and published the largest collection of Irish music ever), Chief O’Neill’s in Avondale is the place to go for an authentic pub experience. Its huge drink menu covers everything from Irish, North American, and Scotch whiskey to local craft beers, and is matched in size only by the food menu, on which you’ll find traditional dishes like corned beef and cabbage alongside vegetarian plates. Add a backyard patio, and you’ve got a great spot to take in some Irish jigs.
If you want a classic, you go to Chief O’Neill’s. The back patio tent is one of the city’s top locations for the St. Patrick’s Day experience, where Irish dancers and buffet eats mingle with a more diverse crowd including families, the middle-aged, and beer-chugging young hooligans. You can argue whether or not Chief O’Neill is, in fact, one of the Top 10 Irish Bars in the World as their website claims (without attribution), but you can’t argue with their flawless Guinness pour.
How to book: Reserve online.