Paddy Mac's straddles the fine line between classic and modern Chicago Irish pub. The abundance of Kelly green and dark oak bar are nods to the former; exposed brick walls, a multi-game video game unit and wi-fi pay homage to the modern-day. But if the decor seems indecisive, the food has its mind all made up. The menu goes classic all the way, highlighted by the signature eponymous burger ($5.50, only $3 on Monday nights), a half-pound of perfection, seasoned with a proprietary blend of spices for a bit of a kick. It comes with a side of sweet coleslaw to balance the spiciness of the burger. Order it with a side of potato skins, teeming with cheddar and bacon and baked to a crispness guaranteed to absorb all that Jameson.
The beer selection at Paddy Mac's won't wow a beer geek, but if you're visiting an Irish bar, you should be drinking Guinness and Harp anyway. Paddy Mac's has both on draft. The bar also sponsors pool, volleyball, softball, dodgeball and cornhole teams, cultivating a sense of family among its clientele.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Chuck Sudo