Fadó (pronounced f’doe) is Gaelic for “long ago” and is commonly used to start a story, similar to “once upon a time.” Not only is it the name of our pub, one of Chicago’s best pub restaurants, but it’s a charge to always tell the story of Ireland’s rich and ever-evolving pub culture.
Since 1997, when the pub opened in in Chicago in River North, Fadó has continued to set the standard for Irish pubs. We’ve made a commitment to always have the best Guinness, fish and chips, and most comprehensive lineup of international sports, but we don’t stop there. Much like it is in Dublin, here at one of Chicago’s best bars, you’re as likely to hear someone order a craft cocktail as you are a pint — and that’s a good thing.
So whether you’re looking for a place that opens with the sun for English Premier League or to grab a happy hour cocktail, Fadó will continue to tell a uniquely Irish story for all those who step foot in the pub.
We take Irish Pub design very seriously and believe that while you may not see all the detail going on around you that you can certainly feel it. Our pub, fully designed and constructed in Ireland, is made up of multiple uniquely designed sections on three levels. Our Chicago Pub features many ‘snugs’ – perfect little areas for bringing people together. It also features a reclaimed 100+ year old bar from the Purty Kitchen in Dublin.
The Gaelic Area
Designed to reflect the the origins of Irish history and the beginning of our story. The walls are from the delicate tracery apparent in old tapestries and from artifacts such as the book of Kells combined with light timbers of oak beams and light oak furniture.
Rustic design with whitewashed walls, flagged floors and ceiling timbers exposed. Simple décor with bric-a-brac and velvet curtains enwrapping you among handcrafted tables, straight from the Emerald Isle.
Dedicated to St. Brendan’s voyage, you are surrounded by olde world maps, murals and lovely carved stoned. Invite your guest to sit back and enjoy their voyage while sipping pints the Irish way.
The Purty Loft
The third level of the pub is called the Purty Loft, named after the famous Purty Kitchen in Dun Laoghaire. It’s created in the Victorian style distinguished by dark wood, beveled mirrors and stained glass, brass fixtures, and mosaic tiles. The front and back bar were reclaimed from the Purty Kitchen and brought to the U.S. during our construction and multiple ‘snugs’ are perfect areas for small groups to gather privately. Some of the Irish that work for us drank at this bar when it was in Dublin and then again when it was brought to Chicago… cool.