Fleadh Facts: First Time to the Fleadh? Let Patch Lead the Way

Find all your Fleadh info here on your Patch, throw on some green, and get going to Oak Forest's St. Patrick's Day festivities!

The Fleadh is just threeyears old, so there's a chance you missed its debut and successful follow-up last year. Maybe you're not quite sure what you're in for.

Patch can help!

The day will be packed with people, fun, food, drinks—and as much Irish flavor as you can handle.

So, what's this thing? The Fleadh?

The word itself is Gaelic for "festival." The event includes a 5K, some family time, a parade, with a pub and restaurant open house thrown in. It's a little bit of everything, for everyone. Not sold yet? Give a read.

When does it start? Where is it?

5-K at 8:30 a.m., parade at 11, pub and restaurant open house from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. The whole takes place on Cicero Avenue, right smack between 151st and 159th Street. It's a party so big,  and dance down Cicero Avenue.

Wow, this looks like fun! How much does it cost?

How does "free" sound? The only costs you incur are what you spend at the participating establishments.

Oh! Which places are in on the gig?

Eleven restaurants and pubs signed up for the event. Each offers Irish fare to mark the occasion.

That's quite a few bars. How will I get around?

The event planners have you covered.which will cart you back and forth among the bars.

Where should I park?

Free parking will be available all day and night in the Arbor Commuter Lot at the southwest corner of 159th Street and Oak Avenue, across from the Metra train station. Park it and leave it for the night. Try out Best Western Oak Forest's deal for rooms $69.99 for the night.

What should I wear?

Pile on the green! Celebrate your Irish heritage! Stay warm for the parade. Have fun, and be sure to keep an eye out for your Patch! We'll have some stuff to give away, IF Tell us what you thought of the event afterward! We'll be checking in at different venues throughout the day, shouting our whereabouts on the Oak Forest Patch Facebook page! Check in, find out where we are, and meet up with us! Or stop by the DJ booth at the start/finish of the ! We'll be hanging out there for a bit!

Craig Miller March 11, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Many folks worked their tails off to make this a success, I know for a fact one of the premier leaders is Chrissy Maher.. Our town is BLESSED to have a woman such as Chrissy. Public relations is a job description, her results in everything she does is a reflection of her dedication to our town. The next time you see Chrissy, say hello and thanks for her beyond and above efforts.


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