Irish Culture at Gaelic Park
Chicago Gaelic Park is an Irish athletic and cultural center dedicated to fulfilling its mission statement – to perpetuate and promote Irish culture through sports, music, dance, theatre, and religion.
Our GAA grounds are among the best in North America and are home to many teams and supporters while our function rooms serve local community groups and organizations, in addition to hosting weddings and other events.
We are located at 6119 W. 147th Street in Oak Forest, IL.
Ireland on Parade
Ireland on Parade is a exhibition of the music and dance of Ireland that takes place at Gaelic Park annually over a 10-day period in March.
Gaelic Park is proud to host this multi-generational tradition, which was started by the late Martin Fahey in 1967. Various Irish step dancing schools from the entire Chicagoland area are featured each evening of Ireland on Parade. In addition, there is Ceili and Set Dancing and musical entertainment is provided by The Irish Musicians of Chicago, an organization which consists of local artists who are dedicated to the perpetuation of traditional Irish Music
On Memorial Day weekend, Gaelic Park hosts its Annual Indoor/Outdoor Irish Fest. A wide variety of entertainment performing on 5 stages, unlimited free carnival rides, kid’s entertainment, free parking, theatre, and dance are all included in the admission price. To learn more about the fest, visit the official website at chicagogaelicparkirishfest.org
The Chicago Feis
Founded in 1959 by the late Dennis Dennehy, the Chicago Feis is one of the longest running Feiseanna in North America and has now become an important part of Gaelic Park’s annual Irish Fest which is held over Memorial Day Weekend.
Over 500 dancers compete in the two day competition starting on Sunday and ending up on Monday of Memorial Day Weekend. The competitions takes place from 9.00am to 3.00pm on both days. Winners receive trophies and medals.
Heritage & Harvest Day
Heritage & Harvest Day takes place at Gaelic Park every year in September. Experience old Ireland’s history and traditions, as you view the old threshing machine, the piking of straw and the art of making a sugán. There is also a large selection of antique tractors on display. This is a free fun-filled day for the entire family, with games for both children and adults, traditional Irish music, set dancing and an Irish step dancing exhibition.
The Gaelic Park Players have been presenting plays at Gaelic Park since 1992. Two full length plays are presented annually, one in spring and the other in fall.
In addition, the Gaelic Park Players hosts the theatre stage during Gaelic Park’s annual Irish Fest and they are also active participants in the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival