7th Annual Oak Forest Fleadh

Saturday, March 5, 2016
The Oak Forest-Crestwood Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Oak Forest, will host the 7th Annual Oak Forest Fleadh (pronounced "flah") on Saturday, March 5, 2016 on Cicero Avenue between 151st Street and 159th Street. The Fleadh includes customer appreciation parties, a 5K run/walk, an open streets event (ride, blade, skate), a family parade, and a pub and restaurant open house. Please visit this site often for event information and updates!

CNB Oak Forest Fleadh 5K - 8:30 a.m.

CARA Emerging and Green Race
This race has applied for and received the Chicago Area Runners Association designation as a 2016 CARA EMERGING RACE CARA16018.  This distinction is given to races receiving CARA Race Certification for the first time. This race has agreed to adhere to and uphold CARA’s Best Practices Guidelines.  These Guidelines embody the highest standards for quality, safety and comfort for participants in a road race.

This race has also been designated a 2016 CARA Green Race due to their agreement to adhere to a set number of Green Practices that have been approved by CARA. The successful completion of these practices, recognize the achievement of an eco-friendly race.

Due to CARA’s advocacy efforts, runners in the Chicagoland area enjoy some of the highest quality road races in the country.  To view the Guidelines and to learn more about CARA, visit www.cararuns.org.

The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding, motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland.  CARA connects runners to resources that enable them to run – farther, faster, better, for life.

St. Damian Food Pantry Food Drive
The shelves at the St. Damian Food Pantry start to go bare in March, which is why we are asking every registered runner to bring at least one non-perishable food item to the CNB Fleadh 5K. In particular, the food pantry needs jelly, peanut butter, pasta sauce, and cereal. The food pantry benefits Oak Forest families in need. Thank you in advance for your support.

Open Streets - 10 a.m.
After the 5K run/walk, children and adults are welcome to ride, walk or run a car-free Cicero Avenue from 151st Street to 156th Street as part of the Open Streets initiative. The event is free and does not require registration.

The Leprechaun Challenge - 10 a.m. 

At 156th Street, Special Olympics will host The Leprechaun Challenge.  Athletes will run to activity stations, which highlight a Special Olympic sport.  Once they complete the station, then it's on to the next, for a total of six stations.  Come cheer these athletes on as they tackle the Leprechaun Challenge!!

Family Parade - 11 a.m. 
The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. from 157th Street and travel along Cicero Avenue to 151st Street.  Families, businesses and community, school and religious groups are encouraged to participate in the parade.

Grand Marshal
This year, we are honoring the Oak Forest Police Department's efforts to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois through the Law Enforcement Torch Run.  Each June, our officers, along with 3,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement, carry the Flame of Hope nearly 1,500 miles, running through thousands of Illinois communities via 23 different legs to its final destination.  

In 2015, Oak Forest police officers raised $6,024 for the Torch Run through various fundraising efforts, including Cop on Top at Dunkin Donuts and Dunk a Cop at the city's National Night Out event.  In 2016, the officers are adding the Polar Plunge in Manteno on March 5 to their fundraising efforts.  The officers, who will be taking the Plunge will be at the Oak Forest Fleadh to raise awareness and solicit donations for Special Olympics Illinois.  Stay tuned for more details as they are planning some fun activities for Fleadh-goers!  In the meantime, you can support the Polar Plunge by making an online donation or stopping into CNB Bank & Trust at 5459 W. 159th Street in Oak Forest to make a donation.  

Pot O' Gold Raffle
Purchase a Pot O' Gold Raffle ticket for $20 for your chance to win the $2,000, $1,000 or $500. Seller of 1st prize winning ticket will receive $100.  Only 500 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be held on March 5 and the winner will be announced on the Oak Forest Bowl float during the family parade at 11 a.m. Winner need not be present. To purchase a ticket, please contact the Oak Forest-Crestwood Area Chamber of Commerce at 708-687-4600.

Raffle Winners

  • Wayne Kowalkowic ($2,000)
  • Don Vacha ($1,000)
  • Bob, DJ, Joe and Bob ($500) 

  • Sponsorship Opportunities

    Support the Fleadh by becoming a sponsor.  For more information, please email Kim Malecky Iles or call 708-687-4600.

    Pub & Restaurant Open House
    Venues on Bus Route

    Open House Hours: 5 p.m. - 3 a.m.
    Bus Map and Hours: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

    Pub Restaurant Route Map

    Additional Venue

    Free parking will be available all day and night in the Arbor Commuter Lot at the southwest corner of 159th Street and Oak Avenue – across from the Metra train station.

    Law Enforcement
    Throughout the event, alcohol will only be permitted inside designated areas such as beer tents, beer gardens, pubs, and restaurants.  The city's public intoxication and open containers ordinances will be strictly enforced.  

    Street Closures
    Cicero Avenue, from 151st Street to 159th Street, will be closed 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.  The city's Emergency Management Agency will allow local traffic to get through the adjacent neighborhoods between 147th Street and 151st Street. It will redirect non-local traffic down 147th Street to Pulaski Road.  

    Pace Bus Service 

    383 Reroute Notice 

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    Thank you to our generous sponsors

    Chicago Area Runners Association

    Leprechaun Challenge

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    Grand Marshal

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    Business Specials