Chicago-based Cork folk are organising a meet-up boat cruise
It’s tough to be far away from home.
But if you’ve relocated to the Windy City and you’re on the hunt for Cork folk to hang out with during your time in the United States, the organisers of an upcoming get-together want to hear from you.
Chicago-based Clonakilty native Pat Santry from Castlefreke is one of the founding members of the Chicago Cork Association, set up in 2019. A regular Yay Cork reader, Pat, who works in real estate, has been based in Chicago for 23 years and contacted us to help spread the word about the group among readers in the USA.
“We set up the Chicago Cork Association to build community amongst the Irish expat community and celebrate all things Cork. There are eight of us on the board of the association organising this and other Cork events throughout the year,” he told us.
“It’s been quiet because of COVID but we are back in action again and we are having a fancy cruise on the Chicago River on Saturday, September 10th at 4pm.”
With more than 100 Corkonians already confirmed, it’s looking like a mighty day out.
“After the cruise on Saturday we plan to go to the Emerald Loop Pub and Restaurant in downtown Chicago for a sing-song and a bit of craic! ‘The Banks’ will be heard in every corner of Chicago!” he added.
You can join your fellow Chicago-based Corkonians at the North End of Michigan Avenue Bridge, next to the Apple Store, to board the beautiful Odyssey Chicago River Boat.
During the cruise, you’ll have an opportunity to speak with fellow Rebels using your full Cork accent and take in panoramic views of Chicago’s skyline and enjoying appetisers and drinks – all covered in the ticket price of $130.
Bookings can be made through treasurer, Edward Galvin. Venmo: @Edward-Galvin or Zelle: firstname.lastname@example.org.