There's a lot more Gaelic cheer at this bar than just the Guinness on tap. The yummy pub grub is authentic, most of the staff is actually Irish and it's never too crowded to nab a table (choose between the vintage woodwork inside and the expansive, open-air patio). Just don't spread the word too much—we'd hate to wind up ass-to-elbow like at most Lincoln Park McPubs. ”Authentic” pubs are a dime a dozen in Chicago, but this is the rare spot that actually feels like a cozy tavern in the Irish countryside. A short walk from the heart of Lincoln Park, the Galway was carved out of two 90-year-old buildings on Clark Street, and the lived-in, weathered feel remains. With its two fireplaces, creaky floors, and dimly lit rooms, this is just the spot to ward off a winter chill.