Is anyone as sick of hearing the word 'canceled' as I am? So incredibly ready for positivity to radiate through the pandemic and all else! The month of March brings a holiday I have celebrated generously throughout the years, St. Patrick's Day. Chicago for St. Patrick's Day always felt like the embodiment of the Irish celebration.
Although sadly, the parades are canceled once again through the streets of Chicago in 2021, lord knows 2022 will bring the big party that we so desperately deserve.
Sharing the ultimate Chicago guide for St. Patrick's Day and how to celebrate like a local!
Where to Stay
We opted to stay at the Chicago Athletic Association, a breathtaking, 1920's style hotel that sits directly across the street from Millennium Park (where the classic Chicago 'Bean' artwork resides), boasts a beautiful rooftop bar, and, best of all, a Shake Shack in the lobby. It was the perfect place for an upscale stay in the heart of the Windy City.
Chicago has so many fun areas to stay, but the central locations that would be great jumping-off points for exploration include:
*As a final note, I would allot over an hour or more to get to and from the airport. There are two major airports: O'Hare International and Midway, both about the same distance from major neighborhoods. The traffic can get wild, so make sure to give yourself ample time!
Where to Eat and Drink
Enjoying a cocktail at Cindy's Rooftop!
3 Arts Cafe in Restoration Hardware
Chicago has some of the most fantastic food and ambiance of any city in the United States. Take advantage of the local flair, which for me is spelled D-E-E-P-D-I-S-H.
Fun fact: I had my first sip of oat milk in this city, a bold yet reckless choice for the future of my wallet. Here are a couple favorites:
+Mindy's Hot Chocolate (Wicker Park): Delicious sweet treats and even more decadent hot chocolate choices.
+3 Arts Cafe (in Restoration Hardware, Near North Side): Come for the ambiance, stay for the $29 lobster roll. Featured above, the interior is beyond stunning and hosts an aesthetically pleasing dining experience.
+Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe (The Loop): For the sweet breakfast lover, pancakes galore. Reading through reviews, definitely get there early as it is a trendy spot for brunch!
+Wake 'N Bake (Lakeview): As a yelp reviewer stated perfectly, "this place is a whole mood." The spicy chicken and waffles look phenomenal, and flowers dangling romantically from the ceiling? I mean, GENIUS.
+Mother Cluckers Kitchen (Sauganash): Offers takeout and delivery: Fried chicken heaven. Straightforward cooking done right!
+Blue Door Farm Stand (Lincoln Park): Need to come up for air after eating fried foods? Enter Blue Door. With melty sandwiches and big beautiful salads, a great place to get your fill of greens.
+Pinched on the River (Near North Side): Mediterranean Food on the river, need I say more?
+Portillos (River North): My boyfriend has a relative that sends us Portillo's meaty sandwiches every year, and they do not disappoint. Absolutely for the meat lovers in your life to visit.
+Lou Malnati's (Locations EVERYWHERE): Are you even allowed out of Chicago if you haven't had a slice of deep-dish pizza? A famous spot to grab a casual dinner.
+The Whale Chicago (Logan Square): American classics with a side of fancy cocktails.
+Trivoli Tavern (West Loop): Atmosphere level 100. A fantastic date night spot that promises the best steak in Chicago.
+The Delta (Wicker Park): Scheduled to reopen this month, the Delta offers Southern food at its best. Try the hush puppies!