meals during the camp
Chief O'Neill's: Thursday
The restaurant is closed during the day. You may bring a packed lunch and eat it at Chief's, or go out for lunch. There is a Jewel-Osco (grocery store and pharmacy) within walking distance. Nearby restaurant options are primarily quick service - White Castle, Burrito House, Dunkin Donuts, Chipotle, Little Caesar's, New China Buffet.
Chief O'Neill's: Sunday
On Sunday, Chief's serves one of the most incredible brunch buffets you have ever seen! Because it is Father's Day, you will almost certainly need to make a reservation if you'd like to have brunch. If you're taking James Kelly's fiddle workshop in the Attic at Chiefs, you'd want to make a reservation for around 10:30 - 10:45. No outside food will be permitted. View the menu, hours, and cost here.
Galway Arms: Thursday through Sunday
No outside food is permitted at the Galway Arms. The Arms is open for lunch daily and has fantastic food. Their extensive menu can be viewed here. We encourage you to enjoy their food for lunch! However, if you'll be bringing a packed lunch, note that Lake Michigan is within walking distance - perfect for a picnic. Please note: the Arms is located on busy street with many businesses, so parking can be a challenge.
Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro: Friday through Sunday
Murphy's Bistro can provide a catered lunch for workshop participants on Friday. To order, please use the menu here. You must submit your order to us by Monday, June 11, by clicking here. On Saturday and Sunday, the restaurant will be open for brunch between workshops, and you may order from the regular menu, shown here.
The Irish American Heritage Center: Friday
The Heritage Center does not have food available during the day. (Their bar and restaurant opens at 6 PM.) Students are highly encouraged to bring a packed lunch. Hala In, an excellent Middle Eastern restaurant, is a short walk away at Lawrence and Kilpatrick. If you drive east on Lawrence, into the Albany Park neighborhood, you'll find a number of affordable food options, including taquerias, pizza, an Indian-Pakistani place, a Starbucks, and a McDonald's. The Lawrence bus would also get you there, but it does tend to run slowly, so plan accordingly! Further west and north, there is a plaza with a Subway and a Dunkin Donuts within easy driving distance.
Gaelic Park: Friday
A special dinner is planned for Friday concert attendees in the Tara Room North. It will be served cafeteria-style with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. The Tara Room North is conveniently located just around the corner from the Carraig Pub and across the hall from the elevator to the concert venue, the Celtic Room.
The dinner cannot be purchased in advance. When you arrive, you will simply select your items and pay at the register. Prices range from $5-10. Options will include pub grub (sausages and chips, fish and chips, chicken fingers,) soup and salad, and choice of vegetarian or non-vegetarian entree. Alcohol may be purchased in the Carraig Pub.
RSVP here! This is not required, but it is appreciated, to help us get an idea of the how many people to expect.
The Lakeview Men's Club: Saturday
The Lakeview Men's Club is a private social club of which a musician friend of ours is a member. In spite of the name, it is not restricted to men! We will be using a private room in the club. There is no food service available onsite. Everyone is welcome to bring a packed lunch, or to order lunch for takeaway and eat at the club. There are many, many restaurants within walking distance, particularly on Clark St - including the Galway Arms! These restaurants are a bit pricier than those in Albany Park, but still relatively casual and affordable. Options include French, Italian, Indian, and Korean food, among others.
Transportation During the camp
Camp events are located at five different venues on the North Side of Chicago and one venue on the South Side. In addition to the Session Bus that will travel between the Irish American Heritage Center on the North Side and Gaelic Park on the South Side, a limited number of volunteer drivers will be available from Thursday, June 14, through Sunday, June 17. The volunteers will be able to provide free transportation to campers and their instruments between venues during the camp. They will also be available to bring people home from evening events are different times.
Please note that we are generally not able to help with airport transportation or to help you get to class in the morning from your home or from your lodging. However, if you need help with this, there is a space at the very bottom of the transportation request form to let us know. These requests will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
If you will need some help getting around during the camp, please scroll down and click the relevant button to fill out a form to tell us how much space you will need for people and instruments and when you will need a driver. This will help us to match you with a volunteer who will meet your needs. We cannot absolutely guarantee that we will be able to help with all your transportation needs, but we will certainly do our best.
Uber, Lyft, taxis, and public transportation are all widely available. In areas with busy nightlife, taxis can be hailed on the street; otherwise they must be called. All of the venues are easily reachable by public transportation except for Gaelic Park. Click here to learn more about using the Chicago Transit Authority.
If you're driving, remember to read parking signs carefully! The ParkChicago app and website is a useful resource. Also, be aware that there is a lot of traffic enforcement via camera - there's a notorious speed trap near Lane Tech High School on Addison just west of Western, which is right on the way to Chief O'Neill's if you get there by taking Addison from east to West. It's a school zone, so the speed limit briefly and unexpectedly dips to 25 MPH. If this is violated, you probably won't notice at the time, but you're likely to get a ticket in the mail a few weeks later.
THE SESSION BUS TO AND FROM GAELIC PARK
June 15th, 2018
North Side to South Side
Irish American Heritage Center to Gaelic Park
Departs: 5:00 PM from the Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago IL 60630
Arrives: 6:30 PM at Gaelic Park
6117 147th St., Oak Forest, IL 60452
June 16, 2018
South Side to North Side
Gaelic Park to Irish American Heritage Center
Departs: Midnight, 12:00 AM from Gaelic Park
6117 147th St., Oak Forest, IL 60452
Arrives: 1:00 AM at the Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago IL 60630
The bus has space for 45 passengers. Camp staff, volunteers, and students who sign up by May 18, 2018 will be accommodated first.
On May 19, 2018, parents, other family members, and friends can sign up for extra spots. Please bring your instruments and your favorite snacks and beverages. For passengers over 21, alcoholic beverages are allowed. BYOB. Underage drinking is strictly prohibited. Per Chicago city ordinance, licensed security will be present on the bus. There will be room under the bus to store instrument cases. Cars may be left in the parking lot at the Irish American Heritage Center during the trip. The cost is $12.50 each way per person. Round trip is $25 per person. Payment instructions, along with your family's total cost, will be sent via the email you enter below. Payment is due by June 8, 2018. If some people in your family are taking the bus only one way and others are taking it round trip, please fill out the form once for those traveling one-way, and again for those who are traveling round-trip.
Lodging in Chicago
We recommend looking at AirBnB to find lodging during the camp. Hotels in Chicago are quite expensive and not conveniently located. Click the button to see some hand-selected properties that are relatively affordable and near the venues. These are available for booking for three people from June 14 until June 17th as of May 8, 2018, but be aware that this can change very quickly!
We also recommend reaching out to others who are attending and sharing the booking of a larger AirBnB. You can add yourself to the camp mailing list by using the form on the bottom of the camp homepage. Neighborhoods to explore include Ravenswood, Roscoe Village, Irving Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, North Center, Avondale, North Park, Uptown, and Mayfair. Essentially, the area bordered by Lake Michigan to the East, Fullerton to the south, Cicero to the West, and Peterson to the North is going to be the best in terms of location.
We also have a very, very limited number of home stay options available. First preference will be given to students under age 21 who are traveling without their parents. It may be possible to find home stays for one to two families, depending on size. Please contact us for details.