OverviewA guide for everything Irish in Chicago, this book represents the heart and soul of Irish heritage and culture. Included is a list of Chicago pubs where true Irish musicians perform traditional Irish music and tips to impress the pub crowd, as well as other historical and cultural sites and events.
Reviews“Very useful . . . a very comprehensive guide to everything connected with Ireland available to those finding themselves in Chicago, either as residents or visitors.” —Irish Emigrant
“A wonderful book . . . packed with information about all kinds of events that Irish Americans would enjoy . . . carefully researched, a joy to peruse, fun to use. What a tremendous service the author has done to assemble this information for Irish Americans to explore and enjoy their rich Irish heritage." —Irish American News
“The most comprehensive to-do list for Irish culture in Chicago that I've seen! If you've ever thought you could use a concierge for all things Irish in Chicago, this is it! Ms. Shea Bossard makes the hidden gems of the city's Irish community more accessible than ever before." —Tim O'Malley, author, Concierge Preferred
"There is a reason that Chicago has produced such important figures in Irish culture, from Chief O'Neill to Michael Flatley. There is a vitality to this city that resonates in the music, literature, and art of Irish Americans who live here, and Sharon Shea Bossard captures this in her comprehensive guidebook. This work is a social map of Irish Chicago, and it doesn't miss a thing. To paraphrase an old Irish expression, Finding Your Chicago Irish is mighty. —Christopher Lynch, author Chicago's Midway Airport: The First Seventy-Five Years
"Finally! A road map to not only find my Chicago Irish, but to celebrate my native city and my ethnic roots. With a Guinness in hand, a shamrock in my pocket, and a storytelling tradition in my soul, I move ahead with Sharon Shea Bossard's much-appreciated book at my side to discover my heritage yet more." —Daniel P. Smith, author On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police Department
Author BiographySharon Shea Bossard is an American with Irish citizenship who earned her master’s degree in education from Northeastern Illinois University. She is the author of Finding My Irish, which has been featured on numerous radio and television talk shows in Ireland and the United States. Her writing has appeared in Irish Genealogical Society International magazine.