Luck of the Irish
6705 N. Northwest Hwy.
Chicago (Edison Park)
Sun-Fri: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.
8266 Lincoln Ave.
1800 Tower Road
Glenview (The Glen)
For decades, siblings Paul, Lydia and Sophia owned and operated Irish-themed pub/restaurants throughout the Chicagoland suburbs. Then, in 1999, they opened The Curragh, an Irish Pub unmatched in authenticity and ambience in Schaumburg adjacent to the Woodfield Mall. It quickly became known for serving wonderful homemade contemporary American fare and a diverse selection of European beer and ale on tap within its warm, wooden Gaelic walls. As word spread and The Curragh gained notoriety in the northwest suburbs and beyond, a retail development project forced the three owners to uproot and seek a new locale. In 2006, they dismantled the interior and moved to a new home on NW Highway in Edison Park, closer to their sister Curragh Pub on Lincoln Avenue in Skokie. Attached yet autonomous in Edison Park is the intimate weekend-only venue, Lexi Lu. Green checkerboard tables and nostalgic black-and-white photographs recreate an upscale Irish breakfast and lunch diner.
The newest addition to the family is the Curragh of Glenview, which is angled at 1800 Tower Road in The Glen. Appropriately, its doors unlocked the week of St. Patrick’s Day in time for Fleadh, the festival honoring Ireland’s oldest and most famous saint. Along with traditional Irish food and the perfect pint, guests enjoyed live music, bagpipers and Irish dance performances. Each Curragh location hosts the Fleadh every March for two or three days leading up to and including the green holiday.
All locations are open everyday from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. Lexi Lu’s hours are Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Curragh menu consists of both Irish and American offerings. Corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, Guinness fish and chips, Irish stew, BBQ baby back ribs and a delectable 10-ounce sirloin beef burger are some of the most requested items.
Beer and ale on tap widely ranges from the homeland’s Guinness, Smithwicks (Ireland’s oldest ale), the rare Kilkenny (a sweeter, creamier ale than Guinness) to craft gems Revolution Antihero IPA, Daisy Cutler Half Acre and Two Brothers. Germany and Belgium are represented as well by Stella Artois and Franziskener Weiss. Chicago’s very own Goose Island Green Line gets a spot among its European neighbors, as well.
A vast selection of Irish whiskey, single malt Scotch and an international wine list are also available.
Lexi Lu patrons enjoy traditional American and Irish breakfast and lunch selections in its natural-light filled dining room or, weather permitting, on the sidewalk café lining popular NW Highway.
All Curragh locations house private-party facilities that are perfect for special events such as showers, communion and graduation gatherings, rehearsal dinners and anniversary celebrations. The Edison Park and new Glenview pubs house inside rooms while Skokie features an outdoor heated patio tent that is ideal year-round for any type of affair. Lexi Lu is the perfect place to book on off-hours for birthday parties, baptisms or bar mitzvahs, as the entire space is allocated for your reservation.
Live music draws patrons to The Curragh in Edison Park and Glenview on the weekend and select dates at the Skokie address. Irish and contemporary American cover bands such as Anish, Acoustic Generation and Telstar appear regularly. A calendar of scheduled performances is available at www.curraghirishpub.com.
The Curragh cares and gives back to its communities by sponsoring local sports teams all year. It also participates in dine-in partnerships with schools and humane organizations; it give 15 percent of profits during the promotion back to the partner.
Come to The Curragh for the Easter or Mother’s Day buffet brunch and experience Irish history and hospitality. Then, come back for a nightly drink special and some local live musical entertainment. Come weekly and work your way down the tap tower by tasting all of the refreshing brews. Come for the craic, which is the esoteric Gaelic term that means “unique identity” or “fun.” The feel of a place and the essence brings you back time and again.