IN Chicago Business and Social Blog

The IN Chicago Business and Social Blog is an information sharing forum for the Chicago IN Community. We invite social, artistic and businesses organizations or individuals (established, newly arrived or soon-to-arrive) to submit short blog postings to get their word out. We especially welcome postings from businesses looking to hire and new arrivals in Chicago looking for career opportunities. We  will also post information about upcoming events that are of interest to our members (please submit event posts at least two weeks in advance of event). 


All posts are moderated and IN Chicago ultimately decides what is posted. No product sales pitches please!


To submit a blog post, please email us the text exactly as you should appear (150 words max). Include an email address in the post if you wish to be contacted (resumes in pdf format can be attached to posts on request).

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  • 26 Feb 2015 10:54 PM | Anonymous
    Critically acclaimed author and story teller David McDonnell will be at Uncharted Books in Chicago to discuss his book, talk about Irish history, and tell a few entertaining stories about an ancient Celtic clan. The session is on Tuesday, March 10th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Uncharted Books is at 2620, North Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago’s Logan Square.

    McDonnell is an accomplished storyteller who blends true stories of Ireland with both wit and blarney. His book, ClanDonnell: A Storied History of Ireland, tells the stories of people in the Celtic Irish McDonnell clan and their subsequent descendants. Since the first McDonnells were mercenaries, they were called into service in all corners of Ireland and interacted – often violently – with other Irish clans.

    Over time, the McDonnells faced the same troubling forces as all Irish – brutal clan wars, religious strife, subjugation by the English, confiscation of lands, famine and starvation, mass emigration, struggles for national identity and independence … and much more. Thus the stories of the McDonnells reflect the stories of all Irish, from any clan.

    More information is at, or email
  • 23 Feb 2015 5:09 PM | Anonymous

    Each year Cork City and County liaise with Cook County on a trade mission to Chicago around the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. This year Cork Convention Bureau is lucky enough to be joining this group and we are looking to meet with meeting and event planners that have an interest in Ireland.


    As part of our #CorkNeedsYou Conference & Event Ambassador Programme we are also looking for Corkonians who can influence international events to come to Cork. This could be through their membership of an international association – scouts, firefighters, karate etc, through their profession or through their academic work .


    Cork is a great new exciting and authentic option for your clients. Maybe the following will whet your appetite


    If you know of an event you would like to bring to Cork or would like more information on what the Cork region has to offer we would love to meet you. Our Chairman, Seamus Heaney, will be visiting Illinois the week before St. Patrick’s Day, from March 9th, and is available to meet throughout this time. Please email for more details.
  • 22 Feb 2015 3:38 PM | Anonymous
    Join some fellow IN Chicago members on Sunday, March 1 at North Avenue Beach for the 15th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Chicago!  Whether you go knee high, waist high or take the full Plunge, all are welcome! We're delighted to support 5,000+ special needs athletes in this great city - to help us, visit, click "Register" and then "Join a Team" - select the IRELAND NETWORK team and the 11AM wave start!  To make the day even more fun, we'll meet first at Johnny's O'Hagan's Pub (3374 N Clark St) around 10AM. Contact Katie Hardiman with questions at  

  • 14 Feb 2015 1:29 PM | Anonymous

    WYCC Chicago Channel (Channel 20-3) is now showing Irish TV programs most days between 1pm and 3pm including Tonight with Vincent Browne. And Six-One News airs weekdays at 5pm. More details at  

  • 10 Feb 2015 8:26 PM | Anonymous
    Johnny O'Hagans pub and restaurant is showing all of the Six Nations Rugby matches live. Serving Irish Breakfast, special drink offers,  Guinness Jersey raffles  and  15% discount for IN Members! 

  • 10 Feb 2015 8:06 PM | Anonymous

    My sales history started in 1991 when I took a position with Butler Packaging, Inc. in Arlington Heights Illinois and quickly succeeded in selling packaging films and tapes and custom boxes.  Sysco Foods( parent of Palas Foods) and Crate&Barrel and Xerox were some of my top accounts.  I continued for many years cultivating my skills from some of the stock material sales into packaging equipment.  Coordination of experts towards a better relation with my customer base allowed me to become a more important and secure vendor and broadened my ability to garner new relations.  I was quickly the number one salesman and held that status when Butler Packaging, Inc. morphed into Packaging Network.  My stay there was for 9 solid years before helping start Best Packaging, Inc. of which I was a minority owner. The last 15 years with them have focused on turnkey lines and our own machine designs that we hold " patent pending" status on.  I am currently excited to sell in a different arena, thank you.

    SEAN O'CONNOR 630 373 7931

    Sean O'Connor.pdf

  • 09 Feb 2015 10:40 PM | Anonymous

    February 28 thru March 7th, 2015

    More details at

  • 09 Feb 2015 10:23 PM | Anonymous

    Outside Mullingar

    Northlight Theatre

    9501 Skokie Blvd Skokie

    Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, oblivious to the longing of his neighbor Rosemary, who hopelessly pines for him as the years slip away. With Anthony's father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary fears romantic catastrophe. These two eccentric souls scramble their way towards happiness in a compassionate, delightful tale of how surprising love can be.

    Mar 13 - Apr 19, 2015

  • 09 Feb 2015 7:00 PM | Anonymous
    Hello, my name is Alex Swan. I’m a 23 year old recent graduate from Dublin. I successfully obtained a 2:1 in business management and I am seeking employment in Chicago to further enhance my experience on an international level.
    My visa requires that I find an internship which has a minimum of 32 hours per week and that I receive remuneration for my work. I have five years work experience working in a personal training gym as a personal trainer, this position required excellent communication skills as well as a great knowledge of social media and marketing as I was delegated the responsibility of online marketer in an effort to raise awareness of the gym.
    I’ve always had a huge interest in sport representing Ireland for the national Tae kwon do squad; I also played Gaa for both Ballymun Kickhams and Na Fianna.
    I have my own accommodation sourced in Lakeview, and am very much looking forward to starting a new adventure in the Windy City in April 2015.
    Attached is my current resume, if you have a position for me please feel free to make contact.
    Yours Sincerely,
    Alex Swan
    Is mise le meas

  • 09 Feb 2015 6:50 PM | Anonymous

    My name is Tomasz Szykulski and I am a Polish student of Business, Economic and Social Studies at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland.

    I am looking for  summer internship opportunities in the United States. Office work in business, managerial or marketing fields would be a perfect match.

    My studies at Trinity College Dublin are concentrated on business and economic modules. I would also like to add that I have spent the previous academic year as a student of Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. My major was International Business, but I have also selected courses focused on economics, politics and intelligence studies. Before attending the two universities, I have graduated the International Baccalaureate Diploma program taught in English.

    Besides studying at Trinity College, I am a freelance event photographer with 3 years of professional experience. My portfolio can be viewed on .

    My additional qualifications include the ability to communicate in English, Polish and German, membership in Mensa International, the high IQ society, and experience in office work. I am also an aviation enthusiast and keen traveller.

    I would be very grateful for sending any potential offers to . 


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