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Where To Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day On The North Shore

St. Paddy's DayWe may not have a green river or an Irish parade, but we do have some fun ways to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day on the North Shore:

Pinstripes
1150 Willow Rd., Northbrook
847-480-2323

Wear green for free bocce and bowling. Deals include $4 green draft beer and $14 Irish dinners all day.

The Curragh
1800 Tower Drive, Glenview
847-998-1100

The newest of four Irish pubs of the same name, Curragh just opened in the Glen last week and is located on the south end of the Glen Town Centre, next to Flight. The pub is named for the famous Ireland racetrack and has five different rooms each with unique Irish themes.

In celebration of St. Paddy’s Day, there will be live bands, Irish dancers, bagpipers, beer specials and authentic Irish food, like Shepard’s Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew and Irish Boxty (stuffed Irish potato pancakes).

The Celtniks at Vibe
1935 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with live music from the Celtniks. 7:00 pm. Free.

Bring Your Own Leprechaun to Key Lime Cove
1700 Nations Drive, Gurnee
847-360-0403

The whole family can stay overnight for this St. Patrick’s Day celebration that includes crafts, food specials, contests and more. Rates starting at $139.95.

“Chapatti” at Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

OK, Northlight isn’t open on Mondays so you can’t see the show tomorrow, but if you just can’t get enough Irish on St. Paddy’s Day, then you’ll want to see the world-premiere comedy,”Chapatti. It’s about an aging Dublin dog owner who crosses paths with a woman who owns 19 cats. This collaboration with the Galway Arts Festival plays at Northlight Theatre through April 13. Tickets cost $25 to $75, $15 for students (subject to availability). (847) 673-6300 or northlight.org.

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Dewey’s Restaurant in Glencoe

Glencoe has a brand new restaurant called Dewey’s, and the other day Paula and I stopped in for lunch to check it out. It’s a family-friendly place with all the menu items kids like (burgers, dogs, fries, pizza, etc.) plus several mom-friendly salads. It also features ice cream from Homer’s.

We give it two thumbs up. Here’s why:

  • Good food (at least what we have tried so far)
  • Bright and fun atmosphere
  • Friendly staff
  • Great artwork (if you’re a Blackhawks fan) – see below

What more could you ask for?

Dewey's interior

Dewey's Jordan and Anthony

Dewey's Stanley Cup hotdog

Dewey’s is open every day from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. It’s located at 667 Vernon Ave. in Glencoe (in the old Vernon’s on Vernon space). Pick-up and delivery are available. Call (847) 835-6225 or visit Deweys-Glencoe.com.

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Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan to Open a Tea House in Ravinia

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Billy Corgan [Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

According to a recent report by Ari Bendersky in chicago.eater.com, the founder and front man of Smashing Pumpkins has decided to open a tea shop in the Ravinia neighborhood of Highland Park.

Billy Corgan, who was born in Elk Grove Village and grew up in Glendale Heights, now lives in Highland Park, and has decided that there just aren’t enough cool cultural things to do in town. So he’s planning to take over the former U.S. Post Office on Roger Williams Avenue, where his new shop will open in March or April. It will seat about 30 people and will have a “1930s Chinese-style tea house vibe” (whatever that is).

Apparently, Corgan wants this to be a gathering place for people of mixed ages to come and just enjoy a cup of tea or listen to live music, view one of the rotating an art exhibits or become engaged in a talk about archeology or other interesting topic.

In addition to serving unique and exotic teas, Corgan plans to offer coffee, as well as some healthier, basic sweets and vegan options.

Read the whole story here.

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