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Oak Forest Fleadh

5th Annual Oak Forest Fleadh
Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Oak Forest-Crestwood Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Oak Forest, will host the 5th Annual Oak Forest Fleadh (pronounced "flah") on Saturday, March 8 on Cicero Avenue between 151st Street and 159th Street. The Fleadh – Gaelic for "festival" – will include customer appreciation parties, a 5K race, an open bike ride, a family parade, and a pub and restaurant open house. Please visit this site often for event information and updates!

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CNB Oak Forest Fleadh 5K - 8:30 a.m.
The city will close Cicero Avenue from 151st Street to 159th Street at 8 a.m. to prepare for the CNB Oak Forest Fleadh 5K at 8:30 a.m. The race starts and finishes at 159th and Cicero Avenue and takes runners through the city's 3rd Ward. At least 700 runners are expected to run the 3.1 mile course. Following the race, participants will enjoy refreshments and sponsor services in the Arbor Park Commuter Lot at 159th Street and Oak Avenue (across from the Metra train station). The awards ceremony for all age categories will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. 

Register now for the Fleadh 5K!

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Run to the Pub Training Program - Starts February 6
Join the Run to the Pub Training Program to help you train for the Oak Forest Fleadh 5K on March 8.  All skill levels are welcome to join.  The training program will be taught by Kelly Devine Rickert, a registered dietitian/personal trainer/avid runner.  We will meet at a south side Irish pub each week for six weeks where we will go outside for a group run led by experienced running coaches, then head back to the pub for a free beer and raffle prizes. 

Register now for the Run to the Pub training program.

Download the registration form.

St. Damian Food Pantry Food Drive at the 5K
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 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 Oak Forest - 10 a.m.

This year, we're changing the Open Bike Ride to Open Streets Oak Forest so that kids - both young and old - can have some fun on Cicero Avenue.  Participate in one or all of these exciting activities!  No registration required.

Bike Rodeo - Waverly Avenue
This fun and interactive on-bike skills course teaches children safety tips and bicycle handling skills. Great for ages 7-12, these courses are conducted by Active Transportation Alliance instructors with assistance from community volunteers.  Children must ride their own bikes and wear helmets to participate in the bike rodeo.
The Bus of Fun - 151st Street at approximately 9:30 a.m.
Jump aboard The Bus of Fun at the Oak Forest Fleadh.  Kids will enjoy games, entertainment and cotton candy!  Rain or shine, hot or cold, The Bus of Fun comes to you. 
Zumba - Ditch the Workout, Join the Party - 155th Street
Join Allstate Agent Susan Semanate at the first-ever Zumba party on Cicero Avenue.  A trained instructor will lead you through this 60-minute, dance-based fitness session.  Be sure to bring a bottle of water and your best dance moves!

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. 

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Pub and Restaurant Open House Venues - 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.


The open house will take place from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.  Free shuttle buses will be available to take you to and from each venue from 5 p.m. to midnight. 

Beggars Pizza - 15600 S. Cicero Avenue


Blarney Stone Pub - 15400 S. Cicero Avenue


Marcotte's Bar and Grill - 15501 S. Cicero Avenue


Chicago Gaelic Park - 6119 W. 147th Street


Oak Forest Bowl - 15240 S. Cicero Avenue


Oliver's Bar and Grill - 6150 W. 159th Street


Cindy's Pub - 5230 W. 159th Street


Tap's Pub - 15427 S. Cicero Avenue


Mrs. O'Brien's Pub - 15500 S. Cicero Avenue


Night Games - 5544 W. 147th Street


Sponsorship Opportunities

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


Street closures - Master Map
Cicero Avenue, from 151st Street to 159th Street, will be closed from 8 a.m. to 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. 


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.

Public intoxication, open containers ordinance
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.  








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