The Irish Fest celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. About 15,000 people from across the Midwest attended the three-day festival from July 9-11 on the city’s northwest side. The festival, which benefits the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago, celebrates Irish food, culture, music and dance with Irish locals part of the action.

We have preserved these audio snapshots as a way to welcome immigrants and visitors to one of Chicago’s more unheralded treasures: A shared summer in the city.

Enjoy the slideshow that captures some of the sights and sounds of the festival and then click on the photos below to hear “snapshots” of festival-goers with rich stories about their immigrant backgrounds and experiences. We hope you enjoy exploring the Summer Snapshots as much as we did. Please share your stories with us as well.

Audio Snapshots