In our inaugural event, ShamROCK Chicago launched a social media campaign to generate votes for designating Chicago the United States headquarters for St. Patrick's Day 2013. With numerous events and coverage from local news outlets, a vote declaration was presented to the Irish Consul General at a press conference proclaiming Chicago's claim as the top city.
In 2014, ShamROCK Chicago partnered with Tourism Ireland to initiate a local version of the Global Greening Initiative. Throughout the week leading up to St. Patrick's Day, various iconic buildings and landmarks - Wrigley Building, Chicago Board of Trade, Soldier Field - were lit up green. The campaign culminated with a press conference at block 37 that featured a 3D chalk mural of the Irish Cliffs of Moher along with a live performance by Broadway in Chicago's Heartbeat of Home Dancers.
The ShamROCK Chicago initiative was launched to bring together the vast groups highlighting Chicago's rich Irish heritage, its yearly celebrations for St. Patrick's Day and its cultural ties to Ireland. It has no political or fundraising agenda, and was imagined solely to inspire and encourage Irish pride and to promote tourism in Chicago.
The initiative is led by an honorary, ShamROCK Chicago Council, a collaboration of esteemed businesses and civic leaders representing Chicago's many Irish organizations. The Council works as ambassadors, supporting efforts to network with others and generate excitement for the many St. Patrick's Day events in Chicago.
Bernard McMullan, Tourism Ireland NY
Aidan Cronin, Consul General of Ireland in Chicago
Joe Connelly, Chicago's South Side Irish Parade
Seamus Byrne, Ireland Network Chicago
Cliff Carlson, Irish American News
James F. Coyne, Chicago Journeymen Plumbers' Local 130, U.A.
Mike Tierney, Chicago Downtown Irish Parade
Marlene Byrne, Celtic Chicago, Inc.
Fr. Jack Clair, Misericordia
Patrick Sullivan, Shannon Rovers