Most folks in the Midwest are familiar with the traditional Irish Pub, where unquenchable beer drinkers, way-too-loud music, and rowdy St. Patty’s Day die-hards dominate the atmosphere. Although this scene usually makes for a good time and a mean hangover, your mood or circumstance might necessitate a more mellow scene this year.
Looking for a little more flavor and diversity? “Lively up yourself” on Rocksteady night at The Shrine (http://www.theshrinechicago.com), “home of Chicago’s next generation nightlife.” Bring in St. Patrick’s Day Reggae-style, at the “Rasta Green” themed party on 3/17 from 10-2. Shrine is “a DJ driven dance club” which also features live hip-hop and reggae shows. Hosted by booking agent Mr. Greenweedz and DJ Papa G. Shrine is located at 2109 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL. 60616. Phone: 312-753-5681
Are you in the mood for a trendy, upscale sports bar atmosphere? Socialite and former Rockit bartender Laura Mitchell recommends Rockit River-North’s two-day St. Patrick’s Day soiree which includes the Big 10 Tournament being shown on twenty tv’s, and a performance by popular cover band Rendition in the upstairs lounge at 7pm on Sunday. “Join us Saturday, March 16th and Sunday, March 17th for a weekend of Big Ten basketball, live music and all things green! Lounge opens early at 8 am on 3/16 and 11 am on 3/17” (http://www.rockitbarandgrill.com/events/st-patricks-weekend/). They are featuring all-day drink specials including $4 green beer. Rockit River-North’s address is 22 W. Hubbard, Chicago, IL. 60654. Phone: 312-645-6000. Valet parking is available.
If you’ve given up the booze for Lent, or simply need a Family-Friendly, sober environment, Navy Pier is offering a sample of Irish Performing Arts at their Family Pavilion (http://www.navypier.com/things2do/entertainment/special_events.html). On Sunday, you can catch one of four performances featuring the Trinity Irish Dancers, with the first show beginning at 12pm and the last one at 1:30pm. Later in the afternoon, listen to the traditional sounds of Irish bagpipe and drums at the Shannon Rovers performance. Navy Pier is located at 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL. 60611. If you’re more interested in keeping the kids busy, The Chicago Public Library is offering three different craft-making events for kids of all ages (http://www.chipublib.org/). Visit their website for location details and more information, or call 312-747-4300.
Triathlete and mother of twelve-year-old twins, Holly Lowe Jones will be spending most of her St. Patrick’s Day swimming, biking, and running. In the holiday tradition of being festive, she and the kids will be wearing green, bake a batch of clover shaped sugar cookies, and avoid getting pinched.