Cultural celebrations connect people to their ancestry with authentic cuisine, traditional dancing, and a large glue stick. Bind yourself to history with this GrouponLive deal to iBAM! at the Irish American Heritage Center. Choose from the following options:
- For $20, you get two tickets to see a Celebration of James Joyce with Stephen Rea on Thursday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $40 value).
- For $15, you get two one-day tickets for general admission to iBAM! on Saturday, October 13, starting at 11 a.m. (up to a $30 value).
- For $15, you get two one-day tickets for general admission to iBAM! on Sunday, October 14, starting at 11 a.m. (up to a $30 value).
iBAM! gathers a cavalcade of Irish authors, artists, and musicians from around the world for a celebration of Irish culture and heritage. The celebration kicks off on October 11 with Academy Award–nominated actor Stephen Rea opening iBAM!'s James Joyce exhibit, which features materials from the author's life on loan from the Irish government. Rea will read passages from Joyce's works, imbuing the legendary writer's words with the nuanced emotion that has earned Rea acclaim for such movies as The Crying Game and V for Vendetta. "Rattlin' of the Joists"—a confederation of Chicago actors, singers, and artists—will open for Rea, bringing their own twists to performances of Joyce's work.
Throughout the rest of the weekend, Celtic cohorts unleash their knowledge of the Emerald Isle with a lineup of lectures, including "The Influence of James Joyce on Modern Literature," "Historical Fiction vs. History," and "Derry-Londonberry: The New Peace Story," along with engaging literary discussions and poetry readings from authors such as Morgan Llywelyn and Colum McCann. Musical groups bring the appropriate air of festivity to the event, with performances by such artists as John Williams, Laurence Nugent, and Chicago Reel, which is joined by Dailthi Sproule of the Irish group Altan. Glee's Damian McGinty will also be on hand for a Q&A, meet and greet, and autograph signing. For celebration updates, scope the schedules.
Irish American Heritage Center
Occupying a building that sprang up at the turn of the 20th century, the Irish American Heritage Center (IAHC) somehow manages to cram Ireland into one of Chicago’s city blocks. Work from Irish artists hangs in the building’s art gallery, books from Irish authors fill its library, Irish plays light up its 658-seat theater, and Irish food and drinks delight the crowd on the main floor at the Fifth Province Pub. The IAHC also has a knowledgeable staff of instructors, who teach classes on everything from Irish dance and music to Irish language and genealogy.