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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”.

Holiday Season Concerts

bo-ho-ho-hola: A Celtic Christmas with Jimmy Keane & Pat Broaders
Friday, November 30, 2018 at 8 PM – 10 PM
Advance Tickets Available
Admission $20 At The Door

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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

Closed December 24th & 25th

Christmas O’Carolan

Join some of Chicago’s finest traditional Irish  musicians at Chief O’Neill’s for an unforgettable evening of ancient  Irish melodies composed by Irish harper Turlough O’Carolan paired with Christmas classics.

Friday, December 7, 2018 at 8 PM – 10 PM
Advance Tickets Available
Admission $20 At The Door

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Award Winning Wine From O’Brien Estate Winery in Napa Valley

Wine Tasting / Live Irish Music / Light Appetizers

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Chief O’Neill’s is proud to support the O’Brien Clan Foundation mission of raising scholarship money for Trinity College TAP program for underprivileged students. Please come meet Bart and Barb, taste their wines, and learn about the O’Brien Clan Foundation and their mission of supporting the Trinity College Underprivileged student program.

O’Brien Estate is owned by Bart and Barb O’Brien and produces about 5,000 cases of single vineyard grown and estate bottled wines. Their wines have received critical acclaim from Robert Parker Jr. of the Wine Advocate. Bart O’Brien is also Chairman of the O’Brien Clan Foundation and personally leads the Ireland bus tour each year. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to make a donation to Trinity College, please visit www.obrienclan.org/fundraising.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Advance Tickets Available
Admission $30 At The Door

Clairseach at Chief O’Neill’s

From ancient chant, ceol mór and planxties to dance music, improvisation, ballads, and humor, internationally-acclaimed performing and recording artists Ann & Charlie Heymann bring the magical sound of the ancient Gaelic harp to modern ears.

Saturday, November 24th, 2018 at 8 PM – 12 AM
Advance Tickets Available
Admission $20 At The Door

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Cheers to the Chief!

Celebrate Francis O’Neill’s 170th Birthday. Francis  O’Neill (August 28, 1848-January 28, 1936) was an Irish-born Chicago Police Superintendent world famous for his collection of Irish Traditional Music.

Chief O’Neill’s exclusive in-house beer is an easy-drinking Golden Ale-named in honor of the men and women past and present who wear the uniform. Chief O’Neill’s Badge of Honor is a sessionsable golden ale with notes of pineapple and citrus character from the Denali hops.*
*ABV: 4.8%* / *IBU: 25 IBU*

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The 11 Best Irish Coffee Bars in America

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A really great Irish Coffee isn’t just an afterthought of a drink, tacked onto the bottom of a pub menu. It isn’t haphazardly made with instant coffee, well whiskey and lukewarm cream. It isn’t poured into just any mug the bar happens to have around. A truly amazing Irish Coffee is crafted with quality ingredients and made with the perfect ratio of whiskey to coffee. It’s served in a pre-warmed glass coffee mug. It’s topped with fresh, cold whipped cream that perfectly contrasts the hot cocktail. Luckily, you don’t need to go all the way to the Emerald Isle to find an amazing version of the classic drink.

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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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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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