- $18 for two general-admission tickets to Saint Patrick’s Festival 2014 (up to a $30 value)
- When: Saturday, March 15, from 1 p.m. to midnight
- Where: Irish American Heritage Center
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Admission is free for children aged 12 and under.<p>
Saint Patrick’s Festival 2014
- The party: an 11-hour celebration of Irish music, dance, food, and crafts in four performance spaces
- The musicians: fiddle and guitar duo Tim O’Shea and Philip Crickard, the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band, folk/jazz/rock stars the Dooley Brothers, traditionalist quartet Mulligan Stew, and Afro-Celtic ensemble Fonn Mór
- Where the dancers will be jigging in from: schools across Illinois, including Trinity Academy, Mullane Healy Godley School of Irish Dance, and Rebecca McCarthy School of Dance
- Entertainment for the wee ones: the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Wiggleworms; a leprechaun hunt (leprechauns not visible to adults)
- How to prepare to star in a future festival: with dance lessons from Francis O’Neill Ceili
- How to prove to loved ones that you love them and Ireland equally: with gifts from traditional crafts vendors (setting up shop from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)<p>
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.