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Happy St. Patrick's Day! Chicago and Naperville Named Top US Irish Cities

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Did you know Chicago as well as Naperville are considered some of the most Irish cities in the US according to a new study?

A new study ranked the most Irish U.S. cities based on Irish population, the number of cultural groups and events, and the restaurant and pub scene.

Starting at number one is Boston, Mass. — which took top honors for America’s most Irish city — followed by Chicago, Ill., New York, N.Y., Pittsburgh, Pa. and Naperville, Ill., to round out the top five, according to a new study from LawnStarter. 

Here's what the study says:

2. Chicago, Illinois

There’s no doubt painting the Chicago River green is one reason The Windy City landed in the number two spot for most Irish city in the U.S. Besides its slew of notable bars and restaurants, Chicago also ranked first for the most St. Patrick’s Day events and other cultural events.

Locals agree there’s nothing quite like the glittery ceilings and family-owned feel at Chicago pub Butch McGuire’s. The Division Street bar, surviving for more than 50 years, earned a legacy as America’s original bar for singles — said to unify more than 10,000 marriages throughout the decades — and was the first pub in the U.S. to have Guinness on tap.

5. Naperville, Illinois

The western Chicago suburb of Naperville took the fifth spot on the list, while also taking the top spot for the highest population of Irish residents in the U.S. 

As the city preps for its array of St. Paddy’s events including a 5K run and a parade, locals agree the best place to grab a festive drink is Quigley’s Irish Pub.

The bar dripping in Irish pride was designed, built and shipped over from Ireland.

It follows a mission to provide "craic," which is a Gaelic term that describes the feeling of being surrounded by good beer, food, music and people.

Cool! Are we really surprised though?

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