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St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and while everyone knows about the parade and the dyeing of the river, in this #ShopRavenswood guide we’ll be taking a look at some local spots for different kinds of celebrations. Green beer isn’t hard to find in Chicago in March, but these Ravenswood businesses are going a little above and beyond to make St. Pat’s Day fun for everyone. Sláinte!
4043 N Ravenswood, #222 | (773) 477-7710 | www.storystudiochicago.com
If your idea of celebrating Irish heritage involves reading James Joyce or Oscar Wilde—with or without a drink in hand— then head to StoryStudio Chicago for a creative writing class! Register today for classes in fiction, nonfiction, novel writing, memoir, and more. All levels are welcome, and all are invited to a FREE Open House March 26. Visit storystudiochicago.com and use code RCCPatrick to get $10 off any multi-session spring class.
Dolce Casa Cafe
4947 N Damen | (773) 506-0708 | www.dolcecasachicago.com
This European-style cafe known for fresh, organic and, most importantly, tasty food is celebrating Lá Fhéile Pádraig by baking traditional Irish soda bread and a batch of steak & Guinness stew. The famous Irish stout is notorious for doing amazing things with gravy, and in the hands of Dolce chef Ross Outten, we’re confident this stew won’t last long.
2003 W Montrose | (773) 840-2456 | www.neighborlyshop.com
While it’s not hard to find a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shirt around this time of year, our friends at Neighborly have designed an awesome version with a local spin for this St. Patty’s Day. Whether you’re celebrating locally or travelling abroad, the “Kiss Me I’m Chirish” and its Hancock/clover art are unmistakably Chicago. Into accessorizing? Grab a green beer, and voila!
Sweet Sensations Pastry
1918 W Montrose | (773) 275-0697 | www.sweetsensationspastry.com
The pastry magicians at Sweet Sensations always seem to have something special up their sleeves, and this St. Patrick’s Day is no different. To celebrate, SSP will be offering up a variety of treats that have me drooling on my keyboard as I type this: chocolate stout cupcakes with Irish cream cream-cheese frosting, chocolate stout cake balls. and chocolate stout short bread pudding with an Irish cream glaze. These special items will be sold in the days leading up to March 17th, and are expected to go quickly. Act fast, or you’ll have to settle for dreaming about that Irish cream frosting.
Ms. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro
3905 N Lincoln | (773) 248-3905 | www.irishbistro.com
Because one day of celebration isn’t enough, Ms. Murphy & Sons is going all out with “17 Days of St. Patrick.” The Bistro isn’t just slinging Irish beer and whiskey for 17 days (although there will be a variety of booze-related special tappings, tastings and samplings). Rather, they’ve put together an awesome calendar of traditional dance and music, Irish trivia, cheese tasting, and storytelling (not to mention some less “traditional” entertainment like live jazz and rockabilly). If you’re sick of the green beer scene, well, here’s two weeks of anything but.
1940 W Montrose | (773) 784-7712
Ravenswood’s Celtica Gifts is the stop for Irish food, jewelry, clothing and craft year-round, but if you haven’t had a chance to visit, this is the perfect excuse. If you’re hosting a party, Celtica has your food needs covered with items like Irish teas, scone mixes, and European meats and candies. Looking for something to wear to a stylish St. Patrick’s Day party? Can’t go wrong with their gorgeous selection of Merino wool cardigans and jackets. And if you’re in the market to pick up something special for a someone special, this is a perfect time to check in on Celtica’s fine selection of classic jewelry and Galway Crystal.
Brownstone Tavern & Grill
3937 N Lincoln | (773) 528-3700 | www.brownstonetavern.com
This family friendly tavern and grill (which just celebrated its 10 year anniversary), is organizing a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast buffet on Saturday, March 14th. With offerings like a corned beef sandwich station, tater tot hash browns, and a scrambled egg bar, Brownstone’s breakfast is good for the family, but maybe better if you’ve got a long day of imbibing ahead of you. Just like visiting an Irish home, you’re not going to be leaving here without a full-stomach.
High Hat Club
1920 W Irving Park Rd | (773) 697-8660 | www.highhat.club
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of The Angry Young Them, the debut studio recording by Northern Ireland garage-rock legends Them. To celebrate, High Hat Club is hosting eclectic cover band Androgynous Mustache, who will be performing the music of Them on St. Patrick’s Day night. Formed in Belfast in April 1964, Them are most prominently known for the rock standard “Gloria,” and for launching singer Van Morrison’s musical career. Cover starts at 8:30, show at 9. $7 cover. No reservations.
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