There is perhaps no more welcoming place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago than the Irish American Heritage Center on the city’s Northwest Side. Of course, you’d do well to check out many of their other programs and exhibitions, but let’s start by talking about what’s going on there this year for St. Patrick’s Day.

The main event is the St. Patrick’s Festival which is a wonderful caravan of music, step-dancing, Irish culinary specialities (corned beef, anyone?), children’s activities, and a marketplace of Irish gifts ranging from fine lace to other imports from Eire and beyond. This year it all takes place on March 12 from 1pm to midnight, and you can also return on March 17 from noon to 10PM. Make sure to purchase tickets (adults $15, children are free) early as it’s a popular event.

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Additionally, they also sponsor a wonderful Friday Night Lenten Fish Fry each week until March 25 that kicks off at 6:30PM. As part of the event, visitors will be treated to fried cod, fries, and a vegetable. It’s a great place to meet new friends and learn more about the Center’s community.

I’d suggest looking over their entire calendar as they also offer Celtic art classes, a “Paints and Pints” party (yes, that’s art and beer brought together), watercolor painting classes, and much more. Whether you’re just visiting Chicago or a native, you may find yourself coming back on a regular basis.


Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N. Knox Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
Take CTA: Blue Line L Train to Montrose  


Image credits: Stacy McReynolds, Irish American Heritage Center