Irish Chicago - Aidan Quinn

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Born in Chicago, Aidan started his acting career on the Chicago stage and went on to play the title role in... READ BIO

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Young Irish

The Cleary Family

While many Irish-American families in Chicago are three are four generations deep, many of Chicago's Irish have immigrated fairly recently. Ireland's fluctuating economy in the 1980s and 1990s prompted many of its young people, like John Cleary, to look elsewhere for work. Following his graduation from college, John saw little prospect for landing a job that would give him enhanced skills and advancement. A friend of his had a brother in Chicago, and in 1995, after some brief stops in Ocean City, Maryland and New York, John made it to the Midwest. He and his friends got started waiting tables and tending bars. Though John was a CPA, restaurant management became his focus. It was a social industry that allowed him to meet lots of different people and other recent immigrants.

The same month that John arrived in Chicago, Trish began working at another Chicago restaurant, following her recent move from the East Coast.... READ STORY

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