From a small town in Cork called Mallow in 1995, P J O'Connor arrived in Chicago, where he came across an Irish Bar and Restaurant called Kitty O'Sheas.
He worked for a great man from Kilkenny, Mr. Eamonn Brady, spending six great years their and met a lot of great people before moving on to Smith & Wollensky's Steak House.
From that famous steak house P J moved to another famous steak house, Chicago Cut, where Dubliner, Matt Moore, opened what could be considered the best Steak house in Chicago.
PJ honed his skills at Chicago Cut for another 7 years.
During those 13 years of work O'Connor managed to marry the love of his life from Dublin,Flora, and they had three boys and gave them good Irish names, Sean, Ciaran, and Colm!
P J knew that the Celtic Crossing was the center of the Irish ☘️ Community for folks from all over Illinois, North, South, East and West, from 1995 to 2015 until it closed 2015.
The closing left a big void in the Irish Community, and PJ decided to fix that by reopening the very authentic Irish pub, Celtic Crossing.
O'Connor hopes to rekindle the great Irish gathering that used to frequent the Celtic Cross, by restoring the heritage and culture that used to dwell there.
If you are reading this, The Celtic Crossing is open for business and will be hosting many Irish sessions throughout the year, while serving the best pint of Guinness in Chicago!
Hours are 4 pm to 1 am seven days a week, and PJ is planning to be there for all of them!
Go on in and say hello to PJ, and let him know you are glad the pub is back!