Shamrock Shakes are nice, but they don’t have booze

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, many Chicagoans and tourists will converge downtown to drink green beer, watch workers dye the Chicago River green, or eat corned beef. Another emerging tradition is St. Patrick’s Day milkshakes inspired by McDonald’s venerable Shamrock Shakes, a tradition started in 1970. Several Chicago bars and restaurants also add alcohol to give grown ups a feeling more than nostalgia. For those who don’t need the booze, there are also a few drinks safe for children.

Remember, just like Shamrock Shakes, these drinks are available for a limited time only. St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, March 17 and the city will dye the river green the day before on Saturday, March 16. The South Side Irish Parade is on Sunday, March 17. Irish pub workers along Western Avenue on the South Side may laugh at customers asking for a milkshake, so it’s good to have alternatives.

M Burger

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’s M Burger is a Midwest sort of answer to In-N-Out Burger. It’s got three locations. For March they’ve got a Minty Leprechaun Shake with vanilla ice cream and crushed mint chocolates.

Booth One

Booth One, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’s Pump Room update in Gold Coast, sells a grasshopper with crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and cream.