- $15 for two general-admission tickets (up to $30 value)
St. Patrick’s Festival
- The Preface: the annual dying of the Chicago River, the downtown parade, and the emergence of all Chicago’s hibernating leprechauns
- The Festival: following the downtown parade, this indoor, family-focused celebration is filled with dancing, music, and all things Irish
- Inspiring Many a Jig: Trinity Irish Dancers, the O’Hare School of Irish Dance, Mulhern School of Irish Dance, and Mullane Healy Godley Irish Dance Academy
- The Fuel for Those Jigs: the good time tunes of The Chancey Brothers, and Bill O’Donoghue and Larry Nugent
- Other Fun to Be Had: Eat some Irish food, browse the wares of vendors and Irish artisans, and have your face painted with a shamrock.
- The Prologue: The festival continues on St. Patrick’s Day proper with more music, dancing, and face painting.
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.