Celebrating Chicago: Irish American Heritage Festival

Today’s entry for the 175 Days to Love Chicago highlights the Irish American Heritage Festival, a three day celebration that ends this evening.  The event “showcases the finest in local and international Irish and American music, dance and family activities. It features more than 100 performers over 3 days on 6 stages, including the Tossers, the Young Dubliners, Dublin City Ramblers, Killdares, the Kreellers, the Mickey Finns Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones and more. Activities include music and dance performances, demonstrations and lessons, children’s activities, cultural exhibits, a raffle, one-act plays, vendors selling Irish themed gifts, the Mashed Potato Eating Contest for kids and adults, the ShamROCK Stars singing contest for kids and the Hooley Hook-Up for singles on Friday night. A host of children’s activities on Saturday and Sunday include games, facepainting, sand art and a moon walk.”  Thiat description tells a lot, but even cooler is there is a live twitter feed that is tracking the events right on the site.

Though I missed out on this event altogether by not looking far enough ahead, it has rerouted me to check out its sponsor, the Irish American Heritage Center, which the last time I checked had only one page of a website and very limited hours.  The website now includes a virtual tour of their museum (sadly, they still have no regular hours), gift shop link (helpful to me for the reason listed on the site itself — for the Mom in your life — mine always appreciates a little something to celebrate her Irish heritage), and their various organizations (Nimble Thimble Quilters, Tir Na N’Og, Shamrock American Club, Irish Immigrant Support, Shamrock Kids Club).  Seeing as the museum still has no regular hours, I do think that a trip to the The Fifth Province, the pub on the first floor of the Center, perhaps to enjoy some live music oat one of their upcoming events.

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