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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  • 28 Aug 2016 2:33 PM | Anonymous

    We are proud to announce that registration is now available for the Irish Network USA 2016 National Conference in San Francisco.  INUSA '16 will kick-off on September 15th and wraps up on September 18th.  We're looking forward to building on the successes of the past three annual conferences with our 2016 hosts, Irish Network Bay Area, and are developing a high-impact agenda featuring speakers from government, tech, the arts and more. 

    As INUSA announced last week, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh, T.D. will be making his first trip to the United States in his role as Minister to deliver the keynote address.  In additional to this year's conference sessions, we are also planning a variety of unique networking and social events for conference attendees, including a sunset cruise of San Francisco Bay and a tour of Napa Valley vineyards. 

    We will continue to add speakers and panels to the agenda over the next few weeks, but in the meantime, you can purchase your tickets at the link below.  

    > View conference details and purchase tickets at -

    Join in the discussion now on Facebook and Twitter at #INUSA16

    See you in San Francisco!

    Steve Lenox - Irish Network USA

  • 16 May 2016 8:39 PM | Anonymous

    Golf Classic & Dinner

    Sunday, May 22 @ 12.30pm

    Where: Silver Lakes Golf Country Club

    14700 S. 82nd Ave, Orland Park

    12.30pm Shot Gun Start / 4 Ball Scramble

    Golf and Dinner: $125 per person includes

    • 18 Hole Round of Golf and Golf Cart
    • Commemerative Shirt
    • Buffet Dinner and Cash Bar
    • Winners and Spot Prizes
    • Presentations by Micheal O’Muircheartaigh

    More information at

  • 16 May 2016 8:34 PM | Anonymous

    This is our 30th Year hosting Chicago Gaelic Park’s Irish Festival which has been an anxiously awaited event on Memorial Day Weekend for over the last twenty five years. The reasons people look so forward to this event are as varied as the participants it attracts. For some folks Gaelic Park’s festival is the harbinger of the spring and summer festival and outdoor activity season. Just as Memorial Day Weekend is the first major holiday of the summer, Irish festival is the first major festival. After being cooped up all winter, the idea of enjoying great entertainment, delicious food and satisfying refreshment, in an outdoor setting is extremely attractive. The numerous exhibits, including a petting zoo, Irish dog and horse exhibition and sports contests are a refreshing change from the winter hibernation. For other people, Gaelic Park Irish Festival is a great value for family entertainment.

    More information at

  • 10 May 2016 11:30 PM | Anonymous

    An Evening with the Playwright at Irish Theatre of Chicago

    In her unflinchingly honest play SPINNING, Deirdre Kinahan explores the tragic consequences of a man unable to negotiate life beyond divorce. The result is a compassionate study of broken souls and shattered families, now being presented in its US premiere by Irish Theatre of Chicago.

    Join us for the one-act play at 7:30pm and afterwards for a talkback with Deirdre Kinahan  at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor, Chicago IL 60622

    We will no doubt take advantage of The Den's charming bar area later on!

    This is an invitation-only event and Irish Theatre of Chicago has generously made available 20 discounted tickets to Ireland Network Chicago.

    With a further subsidy from Ireland Network Chicago, these tickets are being offered at $15 each for our members and their guests. (Limit of 2 per member). 

  • 03 May 2016 6:56 PM | Anonymous

    IN-Chicago is delighted to support Access Contemporary Music's resident ensemble Palomar, for their performance of music by no less than seven contemporary Irish composers, two of whom, Enda Bates and Jane O’Leary, will be in attendance.


    Irish composer David Fennessy’s 5 Hofer Photographs is a highly imaginative musical depiction of five seminal pictures by twentieth century photographer Evelyn Hofer, including her most famous work Gravediggers, seen above. 


    Other highlights include Ian Wilson’s Timelessly This inspired by the poetry of Seamus Heaney, Deirdre McKay’s searing Umber Sepia, Jane O’Leary’s haunting Only Gestures Remain and Enda Bates’ wildly inventive work for solo violin and electronics Searching for Home.

    This is ACM's last concert of the season and will be followed by a lively reception with the musicians, audience and composers in attendance. 

    *IN-Chicago is providing a limited number of complimentary seats to IN members and guests. Register at


    We look forward to seeing you there! 

  • 21 Apr 2016 8:34 PM | Anonymous

    Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Irish Style - Cuig de Mayo. Join us on May 5th for IN-Chicago's monthly network gathering at The Farmhouse.

    Complimentary refreshments will be available to Subscribed Members until 7pm. All are welcome. As always, you can join or renew your membership on the night.


    Get connected, stay connected. See you there.

  • 05 Apr 2016 6:47 PM | Anonymous

    Interim Public Affairs Officer

    The Consulate of Ireland in Chicago is seeking a highly organised, self-motivated professional for the role of Public Affairs Officer on an interim, 12-week basis, from 2nd May until 22nd July, 2016.

    The Public Affairs Officer role is a wide-ranging and often fast-paced job that requires a strong combination of organisational, project management and inter-personal skills, attention to detail and discretion. The role will include event production, online communications including social media, as well as the management of an intern. Prior experience relevant to these aspects of the role is an advantage.

    The Consulate of Ireland in Chicago is responsible for representing and promoting Ireland in the Midwest region of the USA. Reporting to the Embassy of Ireland in Washington DC, the Consulate focuses on a wide range of issues including economic and political work, consular affairs, and engagement with the large Irish and Irish American community in the Chicago area and the wider Midwest region. The Consulate is headed by the Consul General of Ireland, supported by the Vice Consul and a small local team. For more information on the work of the Consulate, visit


    Position details


    Start date: 2nd May, 2016.


    Contract duration: 12 weeks.

    Working hours: Minimum 40 hours per week plus additional evening events – typically 2-3 per week – and occasional regional overnight travel. The role also requires weekend duty, typically once every 4 weeks, whereby the officer is on call for emergency consular support.

    Salary: US $33,969 gross per annum, paid on a pro-rata basis of $653.25 per week for 12 weeks.

    Annual Leave: 5 days, plus public holidays (based on a 20 day per annum basis).

    Eligibility: Candidates must have permanent, legal right to reside and work in the USA and will be subject to the employment and taxation law of the USA. The Consulate is not in a position to provide a visa or visa-sponsorship. Candidates do not need to be Irish citizens, although knowledge and experience of Ireland is an advantage.


    Closing Date: 5pm CST on Thursday 14th April, 2016.

    Interviews: Candidates must be available for interview during the week of Monday 18th April, 2016.


    How to apply

    Interested candidates should submit the following via email to chicagocongen[at]dfa[dot]ie by 5pm CST on Thursday 14th April, 2016.

    Cover letter (1 page maximum) addressing how the candidate meets the qualifications, requirements and competencies outlined below


     Résumé (2 pages maximum)

     Two nominated referees

     Copies of relevant academic and professional qualifications

    Please note that cover letters over 1 page and resumes over 2 pages will not be considered.

    Further information on data protection and security of correspondence.

    Shortlisted applicants must be available for interview at the Consulate at 1 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, during the week of Monday 18th April, 2016.


    Working closely to the Consul General of Ireland to provide project management support and oversee the delivery of the Consulate’s communications programme, particularly via website, e-newsletter and social media communications, but also taking advantage of traditional media opportunities.


     Working closely with the Consul General, Irish government agencies and the Irish and Irish American business community to identify and facilitate business opportunities between the US Midwest and Ireland.

     Liaising with a wide range of Irish and Irish American community contacts in Chicago and the wider US-Midwest area to promote the Consulate’s key messages and agenda via events, communications and personal engagement.

     Delivery of the Consulate’s 2016 Commemorative Programme in the US Midwest, including management and disbursement of the Consulate’s Ireland 2016 Global and Diaspora fund and production of the Consulate’s own programme of events.

     Working closely with the Visa and Passport Officers to process visa and passport applications from the public; actively seeking ways to improve efficiency and customer service standards in this regard.

     Provide consular assistance to Irish citizens, working in support of the Consular Officer and the Consul General and undertaking weekend phone duty every four weeks approximately.

     Other office duties as assigned.

    Requirements, Qualifications and Competencies


    Third level qualification ideally with a strong interest in international affairs, communications and public relations, community affairs, trade promotion, Irish history and culture.


     At least 3 years professional experience in an office-based role, dealing with communications and project management.

     Eligibility to work in the USA (for US Citizens – US passport, US birth certificate or US naturalization; for Permanent Residents - Green Card).

     Excellent written and oral English communication skills.

     High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, specifically Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint.

     Superior organisational skills, including hospitality supervision and event management.

     High level of discretion, commitment, reliability, and attention to detail.


     High level of interpersonal communications skills, with an ability to network and build relationships as well as in dealing with the general public.

     Personable and willing to work independently as well as within a close knit team, flexible with regard to working hours and able to handle pressure.



    Further Information


    The successful candidate will receive a conditional offer of employment which will include a breakdown of the salary and benefits offered as well as general information about terms and conditions of employment. The conditional offer will also outline medical and security requirements, whereby the successful candidate may be required to provide a satisfactory medical report on the state of their health and may also be required to pass relevant background and security checks. Please note that the appointment carries no entitlement to established status in the Irish Civil Service.


  • 15 Feb 2016 11:01 PM | Anonymous

    Beginning Valentine's Day weekend, attend this high-energy, toe-tapping, February fundraising series that benefits 2016 Irish American Heritage Center projects.


    The Sinatra Century is the new must-see show in Chicago! Michael Whelan, star singer of the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra and opening act for the legendary Aaron Neville, takes a look back to say thank you to the 20th Century's greatest singer of popular song. Backed by a swinging big band, Whelan performs the classic songs of Frank Sinatra, including: You Make Me Feel So Young, All The Way, I've Got You Under My Skin, Come Fly With Me and many more! For more details on the event, click here

    Ireland Network Chicago members can avail of deeply discounted tickets. For more details on this exclusive offer, click here.

  • 11 Feb 2016 6:17 PM | Anonymous

    2016 Ireland Network Chicago Ball Raffle 


    100% of proceeds divided between Concern Worldwide & Chicago Irish Immigrant Support. Raffle Winners to be announced at IN-Chicago's 2016 Annual Ball at The Drake on February 20th.

    • Tickets are $50 each, or 3 for $100
    • Winners need not be present to win

  • 09 Feb 2016 10:44 PM | Anonymous


    2016 Ireland Network Chicago Ball Raffle 


    100% of proceeds divided between Concern Worldwide & Chicago Irish Immigrant Support. Raffle Winners to be announced at IN-Chicago's 2016 Annual Ball at The Drake on February 20th.

    • Tickets are $50 each, or 3 for $100
    • Winners need not be present to win

    Raffle prizes include:

    • Two roundtrip tickets to any domestic destination (includes US/Canada/Caribbean/Mexico) courtesy of United Airlines  and two nights at the US Grant, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego
    • Two tickets to the Chicago Blackhawks
    • Dinner for 10 people at C Chicago (value $3000)
    • Dinner for 4 at Farmhouse (Chicago or Evanston locations)
    • Five-course dinner for four with wine at The Gage and a 32-year Barry Cockett whiskey finish
    • Four tickets to Driehaus Mansion - Dressing Downton Exhibit and $50 gift certificate to Wilde
    • Four tickets to the Chicago Bears, Robbie Gould autographed football, and limo to and from Soldier Field
    • One night for two (with breakfast) at the Princess Diana Suite at The Drake in Chicago
    • Bucket of booze with $50 gift certificate to Lady Gregory's
    • And more!

    Thank you to our generous donors

    • Ann O'Riordan, The Drake
    • Billy Lawless, The Gage
    • Deborah Ryder
    • Ferdia Doherty, Farmhouse
    • Gavin Molloy, United Airlines
    • Kevin Boland, Starwood Hotels
    • Matt Moore, C Chicago
    • Munster Taverns
    • Niamh King, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
    • Paul Tracey
    • Philip Coffey

    Thank you for your support

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