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Lux of the Irish

Ariel Cheung | March 12, 2018 | Feature Features

While green beer and corned beef can be found on virtually every city block come St. Patrick's Day, some Chicago restaurants are going the extra (green) mile to offer elevated experiences that will have diners feeling like they struck gold.
Upgrade your St. Patrick's Day feast with mussels cooked with Guinness at River Roast.

The Dearborn
Shepherd’s pie gets a serious upgrade at The Dearborn, where Irish owners Clodagh and Amy Lawless are harkening to their motherland with a special menu on St. Patrick’s Day. Steeped in thyme-scented broth, the shepherd’s pie is filled with a lamb-and-pea ragout and topped with mashed potatoes sprinkled with Irish cheddar ($22). Bangers and mash are infused with earthy truffle and drizzled with a black truffle jus ($16) while the corned beef reuben is a timeless classic ($16). 145 N. Dearborn St., 312.384.1242

Howells & Hood
Enjoy the lilting notes of bagpipes and an Irish breakfast at Howell’s & Hood on St. Patrick’s Day, just steps from the parade. The restaurant’s patio party begins at 8 a.m. with breakfast specials like Irish French toast, made with soda bread and blackberry jelly, and an Irish benedict, a tempting tower of rashers, spinach, Irish cheddar hollandaise and a soda bread biscuit. But diners don’t have to wait for the big day to enjoy Irish fancies; the restaurant will offer an Irish-themed menu March 13-19 featuring bangers and mash, Irish cheddar soup and chicken pie. From 5-7 p.m. 435 N. Michigan Ave., 312.262.5310

The Montgomery Club
Help raise money to benefit Misericordia Home, where more than 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities live, with The Montgomery Club’s post-parade party on St. Patrick’s Day. Corned beef and cabbage will be served along with sliders and desserts. Live entertainment and drink specials round out the afternoon event, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to a good cause. Tickets $50 in advance, $60 at the door, 500 W. Superior St., 773-273.4178

Raised Bar
Endless green mimosas and green beer await at Raised Bar’s St. Patrick’s Day breakfast inside the Renaissance Chicago hotel. A $60 food and drink package includes dishes like Kerrygold white cheddar scone sliders, bourbon caramel cinnamon rolls and baked eggs with spinach and kale pesto. Live bagpipes will serenade diners. In the lobby level Staytion Market & Bar, a DJ will perform into the afternoon, while an a la carte menu includes a green tea macha latte, Jameson shots, braised lamb sliders ($14) and Irish stew served in a bread bowl ($8). 1 W. Upper Wacker Drive, 312.795.3444

River Roast
Getting into the spirit of the holiday, River Roast’s Reid Bar is remaking itself into pop-up restaurant J. Hogan’s Pub March 10-17. On the menu, find classic Irish pub food and plenty of Guinness stout. Collaborating with Tullamore D.E.W., the pub will offer specialty cocktails ($11) like the Lads of Kilgubbin, made with Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey, Dark Matter coffee and cream. To eat, J. Hogan will serve up bay mussels bathed in Guinness ($14), shepherd’s pie with stout-braised lamb ($14) and fish and chips ($14). 315 N. LaSalle Drive, 312.822.0100


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