An authentic irish pub
Here in Chicago, there are plenty of well-known Irish establishments. They range from corporate-owned chains in the city to family-run enterprises in neighborhoods both downtown and the surrounding communities. Their rating on the authenticity scale covers the range from phony (neon shamrocks) to genuine (red-heads on both sides of the bar). Perhaps none truly embodies the true spirit of Ireland more than a relative newcomer, Peggy Kinnane’s Irish Restaurant and Pub in Arlington Heights. Operated by Owner and General Manager Derek Hanley, Peggy Kinnane’s, has become an absolute cornerstone in the revitalization of the downtown area in northwest suburban Arlington Heights. What makes Peggy’s so unique is the fact that virtually every piece of the structure came directly from Ireland. The interior consists mainly of original Irish stone from County Clare. All of the woodwork, including the bars themselves, were constructed and shipped directly from Ireland.
Like many other fine Irish pubs, the walls of Peggy Kinnane’s Irish Restaurant and Pub are adorned with genuine bric-a-brac. However, Hanley didn’t gather his items from a discount shopping trip to the mother country. These genuine articles trace the roots of this friendly location to Hanley’s youth where he spent hours in his grandfather’s pub in County Clare. His grandfather, John Joe Kinnane, was one of Ireland’s most accomplished athletes before opening the doors to Setright’s Pub. Derek’s father, the leader of the Jack Hanley Band performed in countless establishments throughout Ireland, including his place, Jack Hanley’s Pub in Templemore, County Tipperary. To add the final touch of authenticity, as you might have guessed by now, Derek Hanley’s mother is an Irish woman by the name of Peggy Kinnane.
The American pub that bears her name is much more than a corner bar. The spectacular layout features several bars, dining areas, and even private party rooms. Warm weather allows for tables outside around the beautiful perimeter. Children are welcome and free parking is available on the street and in a municipal garage just down the block. A professional staff, an inviting menu and an atmosphere that feels like Ireland all combine to visit Peggy Kinnane’s Irish Restaurant and Pub an authentic and charming experience. Look for Irish food on the menu, Irish people serving and being served, and plenty of warm, friendly conversation with a few songs thrown in as the night goes on, and more than likely, you’ve found an authentic Irish pub, right here in Chicagoland.