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John Callaway Finger_Point_rightnarrates the fascinating story of this turn-of-the-century Renaissance man and the wide-reaching effects of his life’s work.

Immigrant. World Traveler. Chicago Police Officer. Scholar. Author. Historian. Musician. Husband and father of ten children. Francis O’Neill, Chicago’s Police Superintendent from 1901-05, is virtually unknown today. Yet this remarkable man not only served as a heroic police officer and reforming chief of police, but also made an enduring contribution to his native Ireland and Irish culture through the gathering and publication of the largest collection of Irish music ever assembled.

Biographer Nicholas Carolan referred to Francis (Chief) O’Neill as “the greatest individual influence on the evolution of Irish traditional dance music in the twentieth century”.

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Chief O’Neill’s Pub on “Check, Please!”

“Chief O’Neill’s is the perfect Irish pub offering terrific food and classic Irish music. Shepherd’s pie, delicious meatloaf and fish and chips are served in an atmosphere that transports you to Ireland. Stop in for some great music and a delicious award-winning pint of Guinness.” Finger_Point

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Monday 4:00 pm – 2:00 am
Tuesday 4:00 pm – 2:00 am
Wednesday 4:00 pm – 2:00 am
Thursday 4:00 pm – 2:00 am
Friday 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 am
Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00 am

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Chief O’Neill’s Rated Best Pie in Chicago – Sweet & Savory

“I tried a lot of terrible shepherd’s pie in Chicago while searching for a good one. Most versions were greasy and underseasoned. Fortunately, Chief O’Neill’s does the meat-and-potato pie right. The sculpted layer of mashed potatoes is dreamily creamy and not overly buttery. Technically, shepherd’s pies should be made with lamb, but the veal and beef combo here is richly tender and haunted with woodsy herbs like rosemary. The portion is large enough to feed two, especially if you fill up on the free (and excellent) Guinness soda bread.””

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The Music.

Preserving Irish music was Chief O’Neill’s passion.

Who is Chief O’Neill?

Francis O’Neill (August 28, 1848–January 26, 1936) was an Irish born American police officer and collector of Irish traditional music… (Read more.)

Top 10 Irish Pub in the World

In early 2013, Chief O’Neill’s was voted one of the top 10 Irish Pubs in the World. (View Article)

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