Cultural festivals connect people to their ancestry with authentic cuisine, traditional dancing, and a large glue stick. Bind yourself to history with this GrouponLive deal to the Irish American Heritage Festival at the Irish American Heritage Center. For $20, you get two one-day passes valid Friday, July 13, Saturday, July 14, or Sunday, July 15 (a $30 value) and 10 drink tickets, enough for two imported or domestic beers (a $10 value; a $40 total value).
The Irish American Heritage Festival gathers a cavalcade of dancers and musicians from around the world for a three-day celebration of Irish culture and heritage. A lineup of Celtic musicians pays tribute to the Emerald Isle during one- to two-hour sets on six stages. Musical acts include the Young Dubliners—an Irish rock group—and The Killdares, an alternative Celtic band known for the bowing skills of National Fiddle Champion Roberta Rast and the melodic drone of Matt Willis' bagpipes. Click here for a full schedule.
Toe tappers can set their soles to stomp mode during lessons given by the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, which teach students to communicate with downstairs neighbors via improvised floor-battering steps. Kid-friendly activities include face painting, drop-in sessions at an inflatable moonwalk, and a meet and greet with the Irish wolfhounds. Revelers can celebrate a mashed-potato-eating-contest win with a cup of Guinness (five tickets), a domestic beer (four tickets), a mixed drink (five tickets), or a soda (one ticket).
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.