Chief O'Neill Musical Pilgrimage
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Chief Francis O'Neill, originally from County Cork, Ireland, became the General Superintendent of Police in Chicago at the turn of the 20th century. His true passion was preserving traditional Irish music at a critical time in history. His work recording and notating Irish tunes resulted in the publication of eight books containing around 3,500 traditional Irish tunes that might otherwise have been lost. Join us in celebrating the namesake of Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week with a musical pilgrimage in his honor. The day will start at Chief O'Neill's Restaurant & Pub (3471 N. Elston, Chicago) at 12:30 p.m. for their famous and exquisitely delicious brunch. At 2 p.m. we will board a bus for a lively tunes-filled trip down to Mt. Olivet Cemetery where the Chief is buried and learn about and see some other fun historical places along the way. We'll visit his mausoleum to pay our respects and have some tunes in his honor with the members of the Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week faculty. Then it's back on the bus for more tunes, craic and a few more historical Chicago sites on the way back to Chief's by 5 p.m. for the Hooley.