Saint Patrick's Day is on Monday, March 17, which means that there is a full weekend of Irish themed parties and food specials ahead for the entire weekend. Restaurants, bars and pubs throughout Chicagoland will be offering Irish specials, Irish music, green beer and other festivities. Following is a listing of some of the St. Patrick's events this weekend in the Northwestern suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.
- St. Patrick's Day parades and festivities in the Chicago suburbs
- Chicago turns green for Saint Patrick's celebrations
Port of Blarney (27843 W Grass Lake Rd.) in Antioch reopens for the season with a Irish Fest this weekend, starting on Friday. Indulge in all-you-can-eat corn beef and cabbage ($10.95) and drink specials. The Annual St. Patty's Day Pub Crawl with The Port of Blarney, Limerick Lounge and Blackthorne Grille is on Fri. night (8 p.m.-1 a.m.). The bus will make stops at the three locations continuously throughout the night.
Barrington Celtic Fest is a four day festival held Fri.-Mon.in Barrington. The festivities are in a heated outdoor tent and inside McGonigal's Pub & The Annex (200 Block Park Ave.) in downtown Barrington. The weekend of fun includes a variety of entertainment, music, Irish dancers, bagpipers, food and beverages. Headlining acts are 16 Candles (Fri.) and American English (Sat.). Admission to the tent is free during the day, but there is a $10 admission/donation on Fri. & Sat. after 6 p.m
The Fox Lake American Legion (703 N. US Hwy 12) in Fox Lake is hosting a corned beef dinner and dance ($8) on Sat. (4-10 p.m.).
Timothy O'Tooles Pub (5572 Grand Ave.) in Gurnee is featuring a weekend of Irish specialties and green beer. Shannon Rovers Pipe Band will be playing all the favorite Irish songs on Sat. and Mon.
Mickey Finn's Brewery (412 N. Milwaukee Ave.) in Libertyville is holding a weekend of Irish music, entertainment, food and drinks. The weekend opens on Fri. night with a benefit for Miseracordia. The McNulty Dancers will perform Irish dancing on Sun. at 1 p.m. , in a free show. A full day of festivities is planned for Mon., when WIL will Rock will broadcast from the Amber Room in the morning. Live acoustical music will be performed later in the day.
Peggy McKannane's Pub in Arlington Heights is holding its weekend 'Party with Peggy's,' featuring Irish food, music and dance. The Irish Trinity Dancers perform on Fri. night.
Palatine holds the Paint the Town Green celebration and parade on Saturday. The Irish Market and musical entertainment is under the tent at Durty Nellies (8 a.m.-1 p.m.). The St. Patrick's parade steps off at 11:00 p.m.. Musical entertainment at Durty Nellies runs from 12:30 p.m. - 2 a.m. (after 3 p.m. a $7 cover charage applies). Acts include: Trinity Irish Dancers, Rod Tuffcurls and the Benchpress, Modern Day Romeos and more. Emmett's Brewing Company and Bauer's Brauhaus offer Irish specials during the day.
MT Barrells (1712 W. Wise Rd.) in Schaumburg is holding their First Annual St Patrick's party outside, in a heated tent, on Friday and Saturday night. The musical lineup on Sat. includes Hillbilly Rockstarz (8 p.m.) followed by ARRA. A benefit for St. Baldrick's is being held on Sat, starting at 11 a.m.
Finn McCool's (1941 E. Algonquin) in Schaumburg holds its four-day St. Patrick's Weekend Fest in the outdoor tent. Entertainment includes bagpipers, Trinity Irish Dancers (Sun.) and a corned beef eating contest. Bands playing this weekend include: Maggie Speaks (Fri.), C-Factor and 7th Heaven (Sat.) and Blarney Brothers Band (Mon.).
Docks Bar and Grill (313 E. Liberty St.), on Bangs Lake in Wauconda, is holding a St. Patricks' weekend, featuring Irish food and drink specials. Live music will be performed on Fri., Sat. and Mon. night.
Lindy's Landing (112 Park St.), on Bangs Lake in in Wauconda is offering four days of St. Patty's Day specials and festive entertainment. Friday enjoy a live broadcast of WILL Rock 5.01 Party and the 2nd Annual Shamrock the Block Pub Crawl with DJ Renny. Saturday enjoy live music from Better with Bacon, Sunday will feature a Irish buffet and bagpipes and Monday will be Irish music with Jeff Trudell.