Citizens Report American Irish Culture

Reclaim the Chicago flag for the Irish Diaspora

Reclaim the Chicago Flag for the Irish Diaspo Claiming the Chicago Flag for Irish America! Chicago’s Irish and Irish American community have cause to celebrate on Friday October 7th when the Chicago Cultural Alliance will screen the film IN SEARCH OF WEEPING JIM in their “Journey Chicago” program at The Irish American Heritage Center that… Continue Reading

Irish America Claims Chicago Flag!

Irish America Claims Chicago Flag!

Hibernian Media is in the final stages of editing their masterpiece IN SEARCH OF WEEPING JIM, the story of the late 31st Ward Chicago Alderman James Ambrose Kearns and his role as the “father of the Chicago flag.” The film is financed by the Consulate General of Ireland in Chicago and other generous donors. Kearns… Continue Reading

Little Bear Ridge Road and a trip down memory lane: DOTL

Little Bear Ridge Road and a trip down memory lane: DOTL

  There aren’t any bears living along Little Bear Ridge Road, the new play by Samuel Hunter running at the Steppenwolf through Aug. 4. I was disappointed. Bears are having their pop culture moment. Of course, here in Chicago, the Bears are basically the Taylor Swift of sports. There’s The Bear on Hulu. I haven’t… Continue Reading

Highland Games time again with Danahey on the Loose

Highland Games time again with Danahey on the Loose

  The cicadas may or may not be gone from Wheaton come Friday, June 14. So that drone you hear in the distance there might actually be bagpipes, not legions of loud, lonely bugs. That’s because the Chicago Scots will be in town at the DuPage County Fairgrounds for the 38th Annual Scottish Festival &… Continue Reading

Return to Ireland with Skinny and Houli: Oct. 20 – 26, 2024

“We’re getting’ the band back together!” With this quote from the legendary Blues Brothers, Irish radio superstars Jim “Skinny” Sheahan and Mike “Houli” Houlihan have announced their return to Ireland this October. Hosts to many trips to Eire from 2013-2022, which involved hilarious hijinks (Skinny caught swiping a pillow from the Europa Hotel in Belfast… Continue Reading

Another Eclipse Tale With Danahey on the Loose

Another Eclipse Tale With Danahey on the Loose

  WARNING: Another eclipse story. This one is almost as long and meandering as the ride home from the April 8th event was. Cue up Road to Nowhere by Talking Heads. It’s been a week since the solar eclipse, and my eyes still hurt. Or not. Actually, I almost didn’t venture toward the path of… Continue Reading

March Madness with Danahey on the Loose

March Madness with Danahey on the Loose

March Madness? More like March Mildness for me. So as March Madness turns to April foolishness, showers, taxes due and an eclipse of rock star proportions I’m looking back on my mostly middling month. I’m not complaining about an allegedly mad month being mild for me. In the ALL CAPS age, where too many people… Continue Reading

Pretty Woman and the Irish couple on tour with it

Pretty Woman and the Irish couple on tour with it

  When the Broadway musical version of the 1990 rom-com blockbuster movie Pretty Woman hits Chicago March 12 through March 17, it will bring a touch of Ireland along with it. Music director Shane Ffrench hails from Wexford, while company manager Rachael Ffrench is from Limerick. Unlike the fanciful, Pygmalion-like, weirdly problematic way the couple… Continue Reading

Conor McPherson chimes on about Girl From The North Country

Conor McPherson chimes on about Girl From The North Country

  Flashback a dozen years to Best Fest Buddy Tom and I heading to our seats at the Goodman Theatre to see Eugene’s O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh,” starring Brian Dennehy and Nathan Lane. Perusing the program before the show, I joked that since Nathan Lane was in it, I was looking forward to the performance… Continue Reading

Disney on Ice with Danahey on the Loose

Disney on Ice with Danahey on the Loose

So Beast Fest Buddy Tom and I herded his grandkids into the SUV Thursday to take the grandkids to see Disney on Ice presents Magic in the Stars at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. I call him Beast because he really wanted to meet Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Silly restraining orders. As the… Continue Reading

In Memory of Mary Hendron, My Best Buddy in St. Louis

In Memory of Mary Hendron, My Best Buddy in St. Louis

  My friend Mary Hendron died three days before Christmas. To sort of paraphrase a Lou Reed song, a time of year billed as being magical gets evened out by loss. Two friends lost their moms this December. Some other friends lost loved ones before New Year’s Day. My mom died around Thanksgiving 2014, and… Continue Reading