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Irish Eyes are Smiling in Chicago!


Community Education Travel -
CET 2023

Join us for a celebration of Irish history in Chicago on a pre-St. Patty’s Day tour! Today we focus on how the Irish contributed to Chicago's phenomenal growth from frontier town to urban metropolis, followed by lunch at Manny’s for a chance to feast on Chicago’s most famous corned beef sandwich! Learn about interesting facts about the Irish, such as how Chicago has had 12 Irish mayors governing for more than 80 years, and stories of other legendary Irish politicians including “Honest John” Comiskey, “Hinky Dink” Kenna, “Bathhouse John” Coughlin and “Foxy Ed” Cullerton. Take a docent guided tour of the Irish-American Heritage Center on the city’s northwest side. This facility promotes cultural programming such as music, theater, literature and language. During the tour, see their Library, Museum, Art Gallery and Fifth Province Pub. See the magnificent collection of Belleek Parian China, a square grand piano dating from the late nineteenth century, an exquisite collection of Irish lace and historical maps showing the Irish contribution to European culture from the sixth to the twelfth centuries. Our next stop is Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, interwoven in the life and history of Chicago since its opening in 1856. One of the few buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire, we’ll tour the historic church and see its 15 beautiful stained-glass windows installed between 1912 and 1922 and the 12 side windows which were inspired by the Celtic designs of Ireland’s Book of Kells. Then, what could be more Irish than a corned beef sandwich?* At Chicago’s iconic Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli, which opened shortly after World War II, we will feast on a hearty lunch while enjoying the ambiance of the dining room walls decorated with news clippings, reviews, snapshots and memorabilia as memento of downtown as it was a half century ago!     *Other items available besides corned beef!

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60039-0123
Forest View Educational Center : CET Departure Zone, North Parking Lot A
Wednesday, Mar 15
8:15 AM - 2:00 PM

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Jan 17, 2023 $116.00
Total $116.00