11 Ways To Celebrate St. Paddy's Day With Class

Leave it to St. Patrick's Day to bring everyone out of the woodwork after months of social hibernation. Maybe a little too aggressively. If unruly pub crawls and leprechaun attire isn't your thing, no worries. Our roundup of 11 events guarantee fun — not frat boys. From traditional Irish eats to spa treatments with whiskey, this promises to be a happy-go-lucky affair. Behold, the end of a rainbow.
1 of 11

St. Patrick's Day Skyboxes At Trump Tower
Truth: There's absolutely nothing wrong with lining up along the riverfront to catch the traditional dyeing of the Chicago River. But, considering it's still a little frigid out there, we can't help but be enticed by this super-luxe alternative at Trump. The Forbes Five-Star hotel is offering St. Paddy's Day Skyboxes on the 17th floor, which boasts a killer view of the that green river (a 10 a.m. start time), as well as some of the city's most iconic architecture.

But this isn't all Champagne wishes and caviar dreams. Book a skybox and you can also choose from a traditional Irish breakfast or lunch package (think smoked salmon and soda bread, cornish pasties), along with plenty of festive libations to wash it all down.

Reservations are required by contacting Catering Coordinator Cece Kosiba at 312-588-8059 or ckosiba@trumphotels.com.

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, 401 North Wabash Avenue (between Kinzie and Hubbard streets); 312-588-8000.

Photo: Courtesy of Valerie Stetson
2 of 11
Poag Mahone's
Whether you're taking the train into the city for the festivities or are celebrating like a local, Poag Mahone's is located just six blocks from the parade and a short distance from Union Station and the Quincy Brown Line stop. If you've got breakfast on the brain, there's a killer early morning Irish buffet available for just (get this) $4.95 per person. Considering Mahone's has a bevy of lagers and stouts for the taking, we suggest you get a little sustenance first.

Poag Mahone's, 333 South Wells Street (between Van Buren Street and Jackson Boulevard); 312-566-9100.

Photo: Courtesy of Poag Mahone's
Advertisement
3 of 11
St. Patrick's Day Parade
By the time this sucker kicks off at noon on Saturday, March 16, the river will already be an Emerald City shade of green. A Chicago tradition, the parade starts at Balbo and Columbus and continues north on Columbus Drive. If you want to be in the heart of the action, the viewing stand will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain.

Photo: Courtesy of Choose Chicago
4 of 11
Revive Hydration Clinic
It's no secret that Chicagoans love to celebrate St. Paddy's Day — and we're not talking about the parade here. If you find yourself having one too many libations (in pint or shot form), you might wind up looking green even if you're not sporting any face paint. Should you wind up in this unfortunate place, get yourself back up to speed with the St. Patrick's Recovery Day at Revive, available Friday, March 15, through Monday, March 18.

While it sounds a bit spooky, this IV delivery of fluids and nutrition is perfect for anyone dehydrated due to being sick, exhausted, or yes, hungover. Packages start at $99, which is a small price to pay for reclaiming the day after all of the festivities.

Revive Hydration Clinic, 222 West Ontario Street (at Franklin); 312-350-1822.

Photo: Courtesy of Revive Hydration Clinic
5 of 11
Epic Sky Bar
Bundle up! Epic is opening its swanky rooftop for a pre- (and post!) parade soirée on Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Throughout the morning and into the wee hours, a variety of food and drink specials such as grilled cheese sliders with Irish cheddar, corned beef on a pretzel roll, and $5 pints of Guinness so you can keep your entertainment budget in check.

Epic Sky Bar, 112 West Hubbard Street (at La Salle); 312-222-4940.

Photo: Courtesy of Epic
6 of 11
Magnolia Bakery
If your idea of a St. Paddy's Day celebration involves staying indoors with a stack of Colin Farrell movies, we hear you. As long as you're succumbing to something a little bit on the bad side, you may as well pick up some of Magnolia's festive treats to complement your experience.

The popular bakery is offering holiday-themed cupcakes ($3.50 to $4.00 each), to include its tasty cupcake of the month, which also happens to be green: pistachio.

Magnolia Bakery, 108 North State Street (between Randolph and Washington streets); 312-346-7777.

Photo: Courtesy of Magnolia Street Bakery
7 of 11
The Gage
With two generations of the Lawless family at its helm, we couldn't talk about St. Paddy's Day without mentioning The Gage. Live Irish music will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday — a perfect pit stop after the parade or river dyeing, considering it's just a few short blocks away.

While we don't need the luck of the Irish to dine here, special menu items such as wood-fired Irish salmon with bacon-leek jam, braised lamb shepherd's pie, and (of course) corned beef and cabbage will be offered Friday, March 15, through Sunday, March 17.

The Gage, 24 South Michigan Avenue (between Madison and Monroe streets); 312-372-4243.

Photo: Courtesy of The Gage
Advertisement
8 of 11
Bridge Bar
So, maybe you can't afford the whole Trump experience — no problem! You can still catch a hawkeye view of the whole river dyeing experience at Bridge Bar. The ticketed affair ($30 per person) takes place on Saturday, March 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. and includes a rib-sticking Irish breakfast buffet and two complimentary adult libations.

After that, the riverside resto/bar wil be offering a variety of drink specials — including green beer — until close. Pace yourself, dear reader.

Bridge Bar, 315 North Lasalle Street (between Carroll Avenue and Upper Wacker Drive); 312-822-0100.

Photo: Courtesy of Bridge Bar
9 of 11
Trencherman
We don't need an excuse like St. Patrick's Day to visit the Trencherman, but in case you need one (other than pickle tots), the Sheerin boys will be offering a special Sunday brunch — Irish style — complete with live fiddle and guitar entertainment.

Of course, don't expect the norm. Traditional fare gets a twist with dishes such as corned beef ramen and buttered boiled cabbage and crispy Irish bacon with soda bread and poached eggs. And in case you're a little over the whole beer thing, opt for a grasshopper soda or green hornet (pictured), a refreshing blend of celery gin and tonic.

Trencherman, 2039 West North Avenue (at Hoyne Avenue); 773-661-1540.

Photo: Courtesy of Trencherman
10 of 11
Elysian Spa At The Waldorf Astoria
Who would have thought that a fancy-schmancy establishment like the Elysian Spa at the Waldorf Astoria would be all into St. Paddy's Day. Well they are — but of course, they are celebrating it with class, luxury, and pampering.

For the ladies, there's the Elysian manicure and pedicure with Green Bossy Boots from Butter London ($180 for 120 minutes), which includes both services (lava shell treatment, paraffin, the works), as well as a complimentary Irish coffee if you mention this offer. Um, what parade?

For the man in your life, the maintenance package ($210/$250 with whiskey flight) includes a haircut, straight razor shave/beard treatment, hand/foot grooming (including hand reflexology massage), choice of one small-area wax (eyebrows, ears, nose), and a flight of whiskeys.

Elysian Spa, 11 East Walton Street (between State and Rush streets); 312-646-1310.

Photo: Courtesy of the Waldorf Astoria
11 of 11
Sweetwater Tavern & Grille
Yep, another morning bash — but isn't that what St. Patrick's Day is all about? Besides, this gathering is a yearly tradition, complete with drink specials, traditional bag pipe performances, Irish eats, swag bags (you read that right), patio views of the Chicago River, and a crowd that promises not to rival a frat party.

Sweetwater Tavern & Grille, 225 North Michigan Avenue (between Lake Street and Wacker Place); 312-698-7111.

Photo: Courtesy of Sweetwater Tavern & Grille
Advertisement