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Toast St. Patrick’s Day at the Chicago History Museum


Raise a Glass to the City You Love at History Happy Hour

Every Chicagoan is Irish for one day each year. Don your green and toast Chicago’s longstanding celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at History Happy Hour at the Chicago History Museum.

History Happy Hour takes place from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20. Live music, themed activities and 15-minute flash tours will explore Chicago’s vibrant Irish community. The quarterly series features two drinks on the Museum, and activities highlighting the Museum’s collection and exhibitions.

Guests can enjoy live music performances from Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band and traditional Irish singer Paddy Homan . Irish Dancers from the Bentley School of Dance will perform throughout the evening.

Chicago History Museum historians will lead 15-minute flash tours that explore Irish leaders and legends in Chicago and Irish Immigration to the city. The Museum’s Research Center staff will showcase rarely seen diaries, photographs and letters from the Museum’s Irish-American collections.

The event’s premier sponsor Brown-Forman will serve two specialty cocktails: a Slane Sour and Irish Mule. Small bites will be provided by Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro.

General admission is free for Illinois residents on Tuesday evenings. Admission to History Happy Hour is $15 for the general public and $10 for Museum members. Guests must be 21+ to purchase a ticket to History Happy Hour. Ticket includes two complimentary drink, tours, and Museum admission.

Celebrate Chicago Blues music and the Museum’s spring exhibition, Amplified: Chicago Blues at the next History Happy Hour event on Tuesday, June 12.


The Chicago History Museum is situated on ancestral homelands of the Potawatomi people, who cared for the land until forced out by non-Native settlers. Established in 1856, the Museum is now at 1601 N. Clark Street in Lincoln Park, its third location. As a major museum and research center for Chicago and U.S. history, the Chicago History Museum strives to be a destination for learning, inspiration and civic engagement. Through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming, the Museum connects people to Chicago’s history and to each other. To share Chicago stories, the Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents, images and other items that are relevant to the city’s history. The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. 

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