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. It’s been honored by TimeOut Chicago as the city’s best Irish pub, and by Ireland of the Welcomes as one of the best 10 Irish pubs in the world, so it’s no surprise their St. Patrick’s Day Festival promises to be epic, complete with all-day entertainment starting at 10:30 am, a-la-carte Irish fare, and the best Guinness pours in America.
How to book: Stop by for first-come first-served seating. $10 cover charge after 4 pm.