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Irish Pub Crawl on Metra’s Northwest Line


This pub crawl features six Irish pubs. That is a lot of pubs even for the hardiest of pub crawlers. To fully enjoy each locale you can pick a few pubs and spread it out over 2 or 3 days. Should you make all six, we want to hear from you – once you recover. We started with the pubs closest to the city and work our way out through the northwest suburbs.

Edison Park

Curragh Irish Pub 6705 N. Northwest Hwy, Chicago, IL 60631
The first pub on the list is The Curraugh Traditional Irish Pub, in Edison Park. As the name implies, this pub prides itself on it’s traditional Irish pub ambiance. The pub features daily drink specials, and has been awarded “the Guinness Gold Standard Award for perfect pints!” In addition to the regular menu this pub also has a comprehensive menu of Irish fare. On Saturdays there is often live music. From the Edison Park Metra Station head southeast on North Olmstead Avenue, left on North Oliphant Avenue, left on Northwest Highway. The pub will be on your right.

From the Curraugh Irish Pub head over to Emerald Isle also in Edison park. This bar features 9 plasma TV’s, daily food and drink specials and live music on Saturdays. Don’t expect to find traditional Irish Food here, the menu is typical bar food. The real draw is the the outdoor patio which draws a crowd in warm weather. To get to Emerald Isle from the Curraugh, head southwest on North Northwest Highway and the bar will be on your right, less than a minute away.

Arlington Heights

Peggy Kinnanes 8 North Vail Avenue Artlington Heights, IL 60005 847-577-7733
Peggy Kinane’s Irish Pub & Restaurant is located several stops down in Arlington Heights. This pub prides itself on it’s true Irish pub authenticity. The pubs interior components were built in Ireland, then shipped and assembled on site. The menu features many Irish favorites and there is often live music. Minutes from the Arlington Heights Metra Station, head northwest on US-14, left on North Vail Avenue.


Durty Nellie’s 180 North Smith Street Palatine, IL 60067 847-358-9197
Durty Nellies is just a few stops down the line in Palatine. This pub was modeled after a real Irish pub located in County Clare. Durty Nellies is known for the live music and outdoor beer garden. They have a full menu and a great selection of beer. This 15,000 sq. ft. complex is by far the largest of the bars/restaurants. From the Palatine Metra Station head west on West Wood Street, and left at North Smith Street.

Another Irish Bar in Palatine is T. J. O’Brien’s. This Irish Sport Bar is in the heart of downtown Palatine. The menu features daily drink specials and Irish favorites, such as bangers & mash and Shepperd’s pie prepared from the owners family recipes.

To walk to T.J. O’Briens from Durty Nellies head south on N. Smith St., then left on W. Slade Street. T.J. O’Brien’s will be on the right and is only 6 minutes away. Then hop on a train and head to Barrington.



McGonigal’s Pub 105 South Cook Road Barrington, IL 60010 847-277-7400
McGonigal’s Pub in Barrington is housed in a historic bank building this two story space was transformed into a cozy Irish pub with exposed brick walls and tin ceiling. Full menu available with a terrific beer selection. Located less than five minutes from the train station, head northwest on Park Avenue, turn left on South Cook.

Please note for all multiple stop outings:

If you are making a stop-over on a week day, inform the conductor when you hand them your ticket and they will make a notation to that effect when they punch your ticket. On the weekend this is unnecessary if you are riding on a weekend pass, as it is good for as much Saturday and Sunday travel as you can fit in.


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