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How and Where to Be Irish This Weekend in Mokena

May the wind be at your back this weekend in Mokena, whether you're a young lad or an old lassie. There is something Irish for everyone!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend!

How do you celebrate this holiday? Do you honor your Irish roots or pretend to be Irish for the weekend? Do you enjoy Irish cuisine at one of our local Irish pubs or homemade corned beef and cabbage? Do you wear green all day? Do you drink yourself silly on Irish whiskey and Guinness?

Tomorrow morning is when the annual green dyeing of the Chicago River takes place, followed by the Chicago parade. The Southside parade took place last weekend. If you aren’t up for making the trek to the city, there are local options for adults, kids and all ages to enjoy.

Here’s a few:

For Kids

If the kids are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in school today, they can continue the celebration into tonight. is hosting a Little Leprechaun Party for kids ages 4 to 6.

Bring them to the Cady Preschool Room, located at 10925 LaPorte Road, from 6 to 8:15 p.m. They will enjoy cheese pizza and a Leprechaun juice, along with music, stories, games and crafts. When they leave, they’ll be knowledgeable about shamrocks, rainbows, leprechauns and pots of gold. The fee is $20 and they should all wear something green. To register or for more information, you can call 708-390-2401.

For Adults

Find a babysitter and head to in Frankfort for a night of Irish fun tonight, beginning at 8 p.m. For $35, you receive a dinner of corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes, carrots, Irish soada bread, tossed salad, coleslaw, dessert and a beverage, plus a comedy show! You can also just
purchase a ticket to the comedy show for $13.

The comedian headliner is James Wesley Jackson, along with Denise Ramsden. The show will end at midnight. Buy tickets now!

For Everyone

On Sunday, if you’re not Irish-ed out, stop by for their weekly rendition of an (Un)Traditional Irish Music Session. From 3 to 5 p.m., you can enjoy the sounds of John Condron. The whole family can enjoy a meal while the adults enjoy the Irish drink specials, which include Guinness for $4 and all Irish whiskeys for $1 off.

Any day of the weekend, throw a St. Paddy’s Day party for everyone to enjoy. HGTV provides suggestions on party preparation, such as making a simple banner that says “Lucky” or shamrock pillow cover as  decorations, and recipes for making Green Velvet cupcakes for kids or Irish Car Bomb cupcakes for adults. If you don’t have time to bake, stop by for a holiday-themed treat, such as a leprechaun hat cupcake or a shamrock cheesecake.

Mary Beth Windberg March 16, 2012 at 08:06 PM
FYI For the Mokena Park District Little Leprechaun Party all participants must be pre-registered.

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