North Side and North Suburbs

  • The Abbey Pub
    3420 W. Grace St., Chicago. On the corner of Grace and Elston
    (773)478-4408
    Owner: Pat Looney
The Abbey Pub has been one of the staples of the north side for quit some time. With it's two big bar areas the Abbey is well equipped to host the many groups and bands that perform there. Along with the fine food the Abbey has a catering service that is superb. For more information check out their web site at www.abbeypub.com

 

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  • B & C Tap
    5401 N. Clark, Chicago
    (773)275-6564
    Owner: Brendan Clancy
Unfortunately Brendan has lost his fight to stay in business at this location. What with the changing neighborhood and the city council Brendan's place is being razed to supply room for a multi story condominium complex. So in parting we want to say "Thanks" to Brendan for the many happy times at the old pub. And wish him well in his future endeavors.

 

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  • Chief O'Neill's
    3471 N. Elston, Chicago
    (773)IRE-LAND (473-5263)
    Owner: Brendan McKinney
    Gen. Mgr: Don Browne
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Chief O'Neill's has been open over a year now and it has attracted a great following. The pub features traditional Irish music along with it's out standing bill of fair. The dinning room is a master piece of Irish craftsmanship. As is the whole pub. Stop in and sip a pint while Brendan tells you about Chief O'Neill and how he almost single handedly compiled the greatest collection of Irish music ever. Check out the chief's web site... www.chiefoneill.com

 

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  • Claddagh Ring
    2606 W. Foster, Chicago
    (773)271-5551
    Owner: Kevin Clancy
 
Kevin has just re-opened the pub after being remodeled.  I've been by and it really has the feel of a quaint Irish bar. He doesn't serve food. But plans to have music on the week-ends soon. I can say that if you want to spend an evening with friends this would be a great place to do it...

 

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  • Clancy's Pub & Grub
    4262 N. Lincoln, Chicago
    (773)281-1007
    Owner: Kevin Clancy
Clancy's Pub & Grub is a small place on Lincoln Ave. But don't let the size fool you... He serves food Tuesdays through Thursdays and has a good selection of beers (Guinness). So stop in for a meal or a beer. You won't be disappointed.

 

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  • Cullen's
    3741 N. Southport, Chicago
    (773)123-0600
    Owner: Michael Cullen
I haven't been to Cullen's myself but I understand from people that have been there that the food is great. And it is served from 11 am until 10:30 pm. Along with the food you can find good entertainment Saturday and Sunday. They also have seisuin's on Tuesdays.

 

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  • Durty Nellies
    55 N. Bothwell Ave.,  Palatine
    (847)358-9150
    Owners:

Durty Nellie's West Irish Pub has been a friendly, neighborhood tavern since 1972. Nellie's offers a year-round beer garden and extensive beer menu, an acoustic stage, a full band stage, a sports bar, a cozy fireplace and a newly revamped pub-style menu for lunch and dinner. Nightly music includes Irish, Celtic, acoustic, pop, rock, alternative, R&B and open mic nights. The club showcases Chicago's top bands, plus national and Midwest touring acts. Covers range from $1-$5. Be sure to check out their web page. At... www.durtynellies.com

 

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  • Emerald Isle
    6686 N. Northwest Hwy., Chicago
    (773)775-2848
    Owner:
The Emerald Isle has music on Wednesday and Fridays. They cater more to the young American Irish crowd and feature Irish and American rock music.

 

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  • Fast Eddie McAteer's
    5943 W. Northwest Hwy., Chicago
    (773)763-0095
    Owner: Eddie McAteer
One of the newer pubs on the north side, you'll fine the atmosphere of a pub back on the 'Ol Sod'. Eddie features seisuin's during the week (Wednesday) and live music on the week ends starting Thursdays. And you can catch Eddie and Billy (O'Donaughue) Sunday nights... Eddie have the kitchen open now and is serving soup and sandwich type food.

 

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  • Fifth Province (I.A.H.C.)
    4626 N. Knox, Chicago
    (773)282-7035
    Gen. Manager: Conor O'Keeffe
The Fifth Province is located in the south wing of the Irish American Heritage Center and has been an anchor for the Irish community on the north side for many years... The Province offers fine entertainment on Friday and Saturday. There's plenty of seating for everyone. They also serve 'Pub Grub' if you like to snack while downing a pint or two. You never know when you will be entertained with an impromptu Irish jig or step dance put on by one or more of the students that are taking lessons in the center. For more information visit their web site at: http://www.irishamhc.com

 

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  • Galvin's Public House
    5901 W. Lawrence., Chicago
    (773)2
    05-0570
    Owners: Paul & Kathy Galvin
Galvin's is open !!! Paul said, "Stop by and have a pint..."  I stopped by the other day and I can tell you the place is looking beautiful... Paul's moved the bar out of the center of the room and made a big open area for tables and chairs... New restrooms and a kitchen... (Yes, Paul is selling food...) The place has been all remodeled by Irish craftsman, and it looks great. Along with the new decor Paul has built in a fireplace for those cold Chicago nights... So keep Galvin's in mind when you feel like a night out or just a pint. And be sure to wish Paul and Kathy much success in they're new establishment. 

 

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  • Hackney's
    1514 E. Lake, Glenview
    (847)724-7171
    Owners: Hebson Family, Denny and son Jimmy
Hackney's has several locations. This one being the closest. They have live music on Fridays. And feature a full dining room with great food. If you stop be sure and try the fried onion loaf. It's a house specialty and some great eating. As is all the food.

 

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  • Hidden Shamrock
    2723 N. Halsted, Chicago
    (773)883-0304
    Managers:
    Shane Murphy
                    Cathy McDonagh
The Hidden Shamrock is a lively place with something going on all the time. They serve food during the week and have a great "Irish Breakfast" on the week-ends. They are also home to the "Barnburners" soccer team. Which is the farm league for the Chicago "Fire". The Shamrock has a mix of live and recorded (D.J.) music during the week and on the week-end. Don't miss the live sessions on Sunday afternoons between 3:00 & 6:00. For more information check out their web site at: http://www.hiddenshamrock.com

 

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  • Irish Eyes
    2519 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
    (773)348-9546
    Owner: ?
This is another pub that I haven't been in personally. So if anyone has any information about Irish Eyes I would appreciate hearing from you. My e-mail address is at the bottom of this page.

 

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  • The Irish Oak
    3511 N. Clark St., Chicago
    (773)935-6669
    Owner: Billy Lawless
    Gen. Manager: Clodagh Lawless
The Irish Oak is a splendid pub on north Clark, in the Wrigleville area. They feature entertainment Thursday through Saturday. And have a fine menu of both Irish and American dishes. Food is served from 11 am to 11 pm. So whether it be breakfast on the weekend or a full course meal during the week. You won't be disappointed. And don't forget the Guinness.

 

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  • Johnny O'Hagan's
    3374 N. Clark St., Chicago
    (773)248-3600
    Owners: Cathy O'Hagan-Carroll
                 Brendan Carroll
Johnny O'Hagan's was recently opened at 3374 N. Clark Street in Chicago (2 blks. south of Wrigley Field). The entire interior and exterior was made in Ireland, dismantled and shipped to Chicago and reconstructed by Irish and American hands at the Clark Street location. They have an extensive lunch and dinner menu and serve Irish breakfasts on Sat and Sun starting at 9:00 am. They also have a great party room available for any of your get togethers, meetings or holiday party needs. There is music Wednesday through Sunday and the CRAIC is great. Do not hesitate to stop in and enjoy some of the fine cuisine and the many beers on tap. Johnny O'Hagan's is "A little bit of Ireland right here in Chicago"  For more information visit their web site at www.JohnnyOHagans.com 

 

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  • Kelly's On The Green
    2664 N. Greenview, Chicago
    (773)871-7309
    Owner: Vaughan Family
Kelly's On The Green is a nice cozy neighborhood pub. During the day you will find Irish tradesman coming in for lunch and a Guinness. In the evening you will find a more local crowd. But no matter what time you came in you'll find a warm welcome, fine food, and good drink.

 

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  • McNamara's
    4328 W. Irving Park, Chicago
    (773)725-1800
    Owners: Ronan Heaney and T.C. McNamara
McNamara's has a full dining room to complement the fine bar. Food is served everyday until early evening. There is also live music on Thursday starting at 6:00 pm. and on Sundays starting at 5:00 pm. So get a few friends together and stop for a nice evening at McNamara's.

 

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  • Six Penny Bit
    5800 W. Montrose, Chicago
    (773)545-2033
    Owners: Tom Birt
The Six Penny is another of the north side's anchor pubs. It has been at this location for quit sometime. It draws a mixed crowd of young and old. The entertainment varies from Irish to rock & roll. Tom doesn't serve food, but the atmosphere is that of conversation and good times. There's a side room if you like to play darts or if the music gets to loud for your liking.

 

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  • Thatch Pub
    5707 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
    (773)774-9868
    Owner: Ann

When I first stepped foot into the Thatch Pub. I thought that I had been transported back to County Mayo. The pub has a quaint atmosphere that welcomes any and all travelers. There is usually entertainment on the weekends, starting Friday night around 9:30 pm. On Saturday around 10:00 pm. and Sunday about 8:30 pm. So give a big hello to Ann.  I know they will welcome you.

 

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  • Tommy Nevin's
    1450 Sherman, Evanston
    (847)869-0450
    Owners: Mathew David, Larry Huber, & Scot McKay
    Gen. Manager: Anna Stanard
This is another pub that I haven't been to. But in talking to some of the patrons the menu is complete and the food is great. They have a separate dinning area from the pub. And on the pub side they have seisuin's on Sundays from 2:30 to 6:00 pm. So stop in and say hello to Mat, Larry, or Scot and enjoy the food, beer, atmosphere and fine music.

 

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  • Vaughan's
    2917 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago
    (773)281-8188
    Owner: Eamon Vaughan
This cozy Irish pub is the Vaughan family's third Chicago establishment. When Eamon took over he said that he put an Irish theme into it. The Irish touches include carbonation system devoted exclusively to pouring pints of Guinness. Soft Celtic rock on the sound system. Live Irish music on Sunday nights, and the recruitment of Irish emigrants to round out the bar staff. Check out the www.barsonline.com/chicago/vaughans/index1.htm

 

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