John Callaway narrates 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”.
Get Your Tickets Now! “BackWest in Concert” Sure to Sell Out!
Don’t miss this sure to sell out world class concert! Backwest LIVE in concert. Direct from Ireland on their Maiden Voyage Tour to the United States beginning at Chief O’Neill’s in Chicago. Back West in concert is a showcase of imaginative, modern day Irish cultural expression, an explosion of song, tunes and dances that are vital to the world of contemporary Irish and world music.
Wendesday, May 23rd at 7:00PM
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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
The 11 Best Irish Coffee Bars in America
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.”
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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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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.)