Irish-American Heritage Center, Chicago

“The Irish-American Heritage Center provides the very best in Irish culture through the arts, history, education, dance and social outlets,” says their website.

I’ve not visited the Heritage Center, but it looks like a go-to place in Chicagoland. The center is located at 4626 N. Knox Ave, in the Irving Park neighborhood.

One of the highlights at the center might be The Library, which opened its doors in 2006. A beautiful tribute to the Irish craftsmen and artists who built it, The Library is home to 25,000 books, an extensive collection of music (CDs, LPs, cassettes, and sheet music), and a Children’s collection (Irish tales and folklore).

The Library offers free access to Irish Newspaper Archives, which is unlimited during library hours.

Also noted are a “Genealogy Collection” and Genealogy Sessions on  the last Sunday of the month from 1-4 pm (or by appointment).

For more information, follow the link to The Library’s website:


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