By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 7, 2008 7:27PM
The foggy mist that hung over Chicago Monday night seemed a perfect backdrop to a mystical experience with local psychic Patrick O’Brien at RoSal’s Restaurant in Little Italy. O'Brien visits RoSal’s twice a month to hold mini psychic readings for the pasta-loving crowd. Even those of us intrigued by psychics are often put off by the dozens of 900 number-type, big fat fakers out there. But there’s hope. Anyone seeking a more worthwhile experience than one can find with the $5 street festival psychics (you know, one yes-or-no tarot card question, the generic “you’ll live a long life” palm readings) should give O'Brien a try. He has a reputation for accuracy, plus we've been told he helps the Chicago PD solve crimes. Nice.
O'Brien’s perceptive abilities are downright eerie. He’s able to pinpoint everything from a person’s profession to their secret passions without flinching. He can outline family histories, even calling out relatives by name. Best of all, his ability to dissect a dysfunctional relationship can theoretically save a customer years of therapy.
Though impressive, O'Brien wasn’t perfect. A few of the names and dates were sketchy, and he even brought up nonexistent siblings. (Um, Dad, you wanna take this one?) Still, to his credit, O'Brien pinpointed a few childhood traumas with freakish accuracy. He also offered some guidance, especially in love and family. Overall, the psychic experience with O'Brien offers a little introspection and a lot to dish about over dinner.
Patrick O’Brien can also be found at Mrs. P & Me Restaurant in Mount Prospect on Tuesday nights, and at Tony Rocco’s in River North on Thursdays. His next date at RoSal’s will be February 18. O'Brien also does over-the-phone readings and private parties.