Irish bagpipers

Typically, March in Chicago has everyone seeing a little green. With the proud and active Irish community in the city and suburbs, Chicago is a destination for Irish heritage all year round. If you're interested in experiencing Irish culture in a uniquely Chicago way, here are five fabulous events to help.

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Sean Cleland & Friends at the Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town's Global Dance Party is one of my all-time favorite activities. In honor of St. Patrick's Day weekend, Sean Cleland, of the Chicago School of Irish Music, and some of his dearest cronies entertain you for a night of traditional Irish song and dance. You can put money on the fact that I'll be there. Any takers?

Gaelic Storm at the House of Blues

This Celtic Rock group has been recording in the United States for years, and Chicago is lucky enough to have them for that heralded Irish weekend before St. Patrick's Day (3/15 and 3/16). Having recently released a new album, the group is ready to show off their signature sound, modernizing classic Celtic elements for a new kind of audience.

Revolutionary Irish Women at the Irish American Heritage Center

This annual lecture series highlights the importance of women in Irish history and culture. The Irish American Heritage Center is hosting an event honoring Lady Augusta Gregory, who was a prominent literary figure in the Irish Nationalist Movement of the early 1900s. The event features poetry, stories, and music.

The Trinity Irish Dancers

One does not have to go to Riverdance to see great Irish step dancing. Over the last 30 years, The Trinity Irish Dancers have trained some of the best Irish dancers in the country. You can see them perform this month across the city and suburbs. I've attached a link to their entire schedule this month.

Old St. Pat's Church

Hailed as the "cornerstone of Irish heritage in Chicago," Old St. Pat's is one of the few survivors of the Great Chicago Fire. Its beautiful architecture and rich cultural history provide a look into life as an Irish immigrant in Chicago.

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