Windy City’s Full Shilling

When you walk into the Full Shilling, the first thing you’ll notice is the army of attractive waitresses and bar staff clad in bright yellow tanks buzzing from table to table and tap to tap. As the atmosphere quickly draws you in, rock music from the Internet jukebox will have you bopping to beat faster than you can say, “I’ll have a Guinness please!”

The former “Fuel” space has been transformed into the ultimate sports bar and grill. Rich wood walls outfitted with stone and brick provide the perfect backdrop for Irish artifacts and Cubs memorabilia. But even with all the eye stimuli, bustling and Cub worshiping going on, this place still manages to maintain a warm, cozy and inviting feel. The atmosphere is laid-back and the food is simple, but delicious.

Make sure you ask Full Shillings server extraordinaire, (Jessica) about the variety of daily specials including: Irish meatloaf and mashed potatoes (only $1.99) and all-you-can-eat fish & chips ($4.99) or pasta gorgonzola ($3.99), to name a few. Check out the Irish breakfast if your stomach can handle it: two eggs, Irish sausage, rashers (Irish bacon), black & white pudding, baked beans, tomatoes & toast. Breakfast is available every day.

A word of advice: don’t wait until Friday or Saturday night to check this place out. Weekly drink specials are unparalleled. Belly up at the bar on Sundays for half off all drinks. Fight the Monday blues with $3 Jack Daniels cocktails or start the weekend early with $3.50 Guinness pints or $2 Lite/Bud light pints on Thursdays.

FYI:

Hours: Open Daily from 11 a.m.-2 a.m.., until 3 a.m. on Saturdays
Accepts all Major Credit Cards
Free Wi-Fi

Directions: If you go on the weekend, leave your car at home! You’ll never find parking. Hop in a taxi or on the Red Line and exit at the Cubs Park (Addison L Stop). Walk west to the corner of Addison and Clark, then go a block or so north on Clark and you’ll walk right smack into the middle of a pack of wild bars!

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