I've been to Chief O'Neill's many many times over the last decade or so, and now that I no longer live in Chicago, it's a must-stop whenever we're in town. I've been there for concerts, whiskey tastings, dinner and even just the occasional pint. I'll review just the most recent visit when we came for a concert and had dinner first. We started with the Scotia eggs and the Kerrygold flatbread, both of which are new to me since my last visit, and both were excellent. We then had the fish and chips, which I've enjoyed many times, and this was no different. The service was excellent and attentive, and the Smithwicks drafts were good and cold. The background music was also wonderful. I've been to way too many "Irish" pubs in the States that have the décor but then are playing Bon Jovi when you walk in, and you have to wade through classic Irish items like quesadillas and nachos (both of which I like, but not at an Irish pub). Here, though, we had nothing but the classic jigs and reels and the occasional song, and it was wonderful. While the menu does have a few interlopers, you can be sure of finding classic Irish and English dishes that will be authentic in presentation and cooked perfectly. Sometimes it's the little things which can put your experience over the top, and the management here has got them just right.
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