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Irish American Heritage Center

Address

4626 N. Knox Ave.

Neighborhood

Irving Park

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Refreshments Available Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Built

1927

Renovated

1985

Description

The Irish American Heritage Center is the city’s home of Irish music and arts and a year-round hub for Irish culture, hosting numerous festivals and events. It is home to a huge pub with a cozy fireplace known as the Fifth Province, as well as a library, ballroom, 658-seat theater, art gallery and museum. The Center is located in a former Chicago Public School building dating to 1927, restored and converted in the late 1980s. Enjoy preserved architectural elements from the original building, complemented by Celtic art painted throughout. The Irish American Heritage Center was made famous by Conan O'Brien, who noted that it has a bar in every room.

Visitor Experience

The entire Center will be open for self-guided exploration or docent-led tours during Open House Chicago, and the annual iBAM! (Irish Books, Arts, and Music) celebration will be taking place concurrently. Enjoy music from internationally-acclaimed Irish musicians and food and drink at the Fifth Province. Free children's Irish dance lessons will be offered by Trinity Irish Dancers, and Dublin’s renowned Irish Film Institute will play short films in the theater. There will also be live pop-up performances, workshops and curated art installations. Free parking is available in the adjacent lot, and the accessible entrance is from the north parking lot.

More Info

Part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre trail.

2019 Year of Chicago Theatre