This Weekend Around Berwyn

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If you happen to see a massive group of people wearing green on Roosevelt Road between Harlem and East Ave., don’t be alarmed; that’s the Green Mile Pub Crawl and they mean you no harm. If they start speaking to you in a broken Irish brogue, they are simply passionate about Irish culture for this one weekend and wish to share that enthusiasm with you. For details on the Third Annual Green Mile Pub Crawl and other fun events taking place in Berwyn this weekend, feel free to read on.

Third Annual Green Mile Pub Crawl
The Third Annual Green Mile Pub Crawl will take place Friday from 5-11 p.m. $5 wristbands can be picked up at Commodore Barry American Legion Post #256, 6919 W. Roosevelt Rd. Purchase of a wristband will grant you access to trolley rides, live music, and food/drink specials.

Trolleys will be traveling up and down Roosevelt Road throughout the six-hour time slot to give pub crawlers safe and reliable transportation to each destination. Participating businesses include Pat’s Pub, Friendly Tap, and the opening night for Kinslahger Brewery in neighboring Oak Park, among others.

St. Patrick’s Day Festival at FitzGerald’s
(info provided by the FitzGerald’s Nightclub website):

Join us for our 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the club, SideBar, and heated tent on Saturday. This is a day for the whole family and all ages are invited. There will be performances by Switchback and the Colleens Irish Stepdancers, The Dooley Brothers, Beatles Band — featuring Scott Ligon and Casey McDonough (NRBQ, Western Elstons, Flat Five), Tony Kidonakis (Twist and Shout, Federales), Phil Angotti (Beatle Brothers, The Idea) and John Perrin (NRBQ) — Cannonball. The Mayer School Stepdancers with Paul and Mary McHugh will perform in the afternoon and there will be special St. Patrick’s Day fare in our heated festival tents, and plenty of Guinness, Harp, and other favorites. Plus the Shannon Rovers will perform throughout the venue.

Doors open at 1 p.m. Admission is $15, $5 (12 and under). Adult tickets available in advance at the club and TicketWeb; children tickets at the door only. FitzGerald’s is located at 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Paint & Fun at Jazi Mama’s Cafe
(info provided by the Jazi Facebook event page):

Come to Artist’s Cafe at Jazi Mama’s Café, 6305 W. Roosevelt Rd., on Saturday from 2-5 p.m. Gianardo Franco, a certified Instructor from KidzArt, will come with sketches for participants to paint. This event is open to ages 7 & up, adults & seniors. All experience levels welcome.

Restaurant Spotlight – Big Hurt Brewhouse
Named after famous White Sox slugger Frank Thomas, Big Hurt Brewhouse has become a staple in Berwyn’s restaurant scene since opening its doors in 2014. Located in the historic Berwyn Town Bank Building, the Chicago-themed restaurant serves up American food and locally brewed Big Hurt signature beers such as Hoppy Girl, Honey Girl, Big Red and Hall of Fame Pilsner (HOF). If you want to dine in a fun environment, you can find the brewhouse at 6801 W. Cermak Rd.


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