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McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon - Irish Pub | Irish Restaurant | Sports Bar in Gold Coast, Chicago

Restaurants in the Gold Coast tend to split into two areas: pricy tourist destinations and places with plenty of grease to soak up the alcohol that flows down Rush and Division Streets. Area pubs have been serving up food since mid-century, and though there are no surprises on their menus, their burgers and fries certainly help patrons get to their 4–5am closing times. Party hotspots like Butch McGuire’s and McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon bring Irish pub grub to their fratty crowds, while more genteel taverns like P.J. Clarke’s serve up the same kind of food in an atmosphere more conducive to having dinner with the parents.

If parents are buying, however, Gold Coast steakhouses might be the way to go. Legendary spots (Gibson’s, Morton’s) and newer spots like David Burke’s Primehouse are the headquarters for the city’s fat cats and those who emulate them. For upscale establishments that are more chic than Wall Street, sparkly pretty places like NoMi and RA Sushi see their fill of groups of girlfriends living the good life as well as dates trying to impress each other.

Recently, Gold Coast restaurants outside of these categories have started opening up, bringing in a diverse crowd from other neighborhoods. Trendy burger grills like Epic Burger and character-filled spots like Ian Schrager’s relaunch of the Pump Room prove that there is a Gold Coast beyond deep dish and old-school dining rooms.

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