January 25th is the birthday of Scottish bard, Robert Burns. You know him for writing poems like “Auld Lang Syne” and “A Red Red Rose.” Scotland’s national poet, and perhaps most beloved national figure, is the basis for a holiday of feasting, poetry, music, and scotch.
Burns was a liberal voice in a religiously conservative and British country. His poetry and politics were essential in forging a Scottish identity in the midst of British reign. The celebration began after his death more than 200 years ago. His family and friends gathered to mourn his loss and celebrate his memory. Slowly, more people joined and it became an event. And now in 2016, you can celebrate Burns Night just about anywhere, including Chicago! What else are you doing on a Monday night?
3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Martyrs’ annually hosts their “Burns Supper in Memory of Gwen Sale.” Originally started by someone named Gwen Sale who died, the Martyrs’ supper includes haggis and poetry recitation. No cover. Event starts at 7:30 p.m.
623 Howard Street, Evanston
The Peckish “traditional buffet” which includes Scottish eggs, Haggis, Tatties, Neeps, Smoked Salmon, and Shortbread. There will be live music, poetry, highland dancers, bagpipers, singers, and flights of scotch available for purchase. 7:00 – 10:00p.m.
Call ahead to purchase tickets (847) 491-6778.
Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago
Three course meal with cocktails and dessert for $135 per person.