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Dylan Thomas Centenary Pub Night in Chicago – Sunday October 26th

Dylan Thomas Centenary Pub Night in Chicago

Sunday October 26, 5:00pm
The Woodlawn Tap
1172 East 55th Street, Chicago

The world will be drinking and reciting the prose of Dylan Thomas on October 26 on what would have been his 100th birthday – and Chicago will be no exception..

Join us for a double whiskey (or 18) to celebrate the centenary of the birth of one of Wales’s greatest poets- in a bar that the man himself frequented back in the 1950’s.

Various Tafia members will be reciting poetry and works inspired by Dylan. The guest book he signed for the pub will also be dug out of the vault for the night.
Bible Black Dylan Thomas Jon Langford


Dylan Thomas inspired artwork by Chicago/Newports own Jon Langford


Dylan Thomas Centennial Exhibit @ Homewood Library – November 1st to 30th

November 1 to November 30
Dylan Thomas Centennial Exhibit
Homewood Public Library
17917 Dixie Highway
Homewood, Illinois

Visit the Dylan Thomas display at Homewood library celebrating 100 years since the birth of the legendary Welsh poet this November. Additional events may be added at the library, watch this space for updates.

“My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out.” Dylan Thomas

“An alcoholic is someone you don’t like who drinks as much as you do.” Dylan Thomas

“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light” Dylan Thomas


Gruff Rhys @ Schubas Chicago – November 12

Gruff Rhys
Wednesday November 12, 8:00pm
Schubas Tavern
3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago

In 2012 Gruff Rhys embarked on a solo ‘investigative concert tour’ through the heart of America following the route taken by his distant relative John Evans. Every night he presented songs augmented by a power point presentation that detailed his relative’s unbelievable history, along with any new piece of information that had come his way during the day. He was ultimately looking for Evans’s lost unmarked grave.

Along with many major cities the tour took him to play shows at the Mandan and Omaha tribe reservations, a Missouri vineyard, villages that no longer exist that lay at the bottom the Mississippi river and a New Orleans bordello. Along the way he photographed and filmed a 1 meter high felt avatar of John Evans in order to share his unusual story. Now that the investigative concert tour is over, Rhys is ready to bring his musical power point presentation to the masses! This he plans to do in the form of a tour and a ground breaking multi platform project, ‘American Interior’, which follows the cult Welsh musician’s adventure through America as he unearths a bizarre – yet- true family myth.

Rhys retraces the story of his 18th century relative, the impoverished farm hand John Evans; a significant but forgotten character in American history who left Wales in 1792 in an attempt to discover a lost tribe of Welsh Speaking Native Americans believed to be roaming the great plains. In doing so he embarked on a series of incredible adventures, lived with a multitude of tribes, swam with Alligators, defected to the Spanish, changing his name to Don Juan Evans, surviving imprisonment, attempted murder and disease only to die in New Orleans at the age of 29, but not before leaving behind him a trail of chaos that changed the history of North America forever.

As a professional photographer since 1988 he has photographed well over a thousand weddings both here and in the UK. He puts a lot of emphasis on making your day fun and relaxed.

Uncle Bri – Chicago’s Welsh limo and weddings guy!

Looking for a professional photographer or a limo to O’Hare or Midway? Look no further than Llanbradach’s/Chicago’s own Brian Geen.

Brian has been a professional photographer since 1988 and has photographed well over a thousand weddings both here and in the UK.  Take a peek at his work at: Brian Geen Photography

Call to set up an appointment at 773 858 6226 or e mail at briangeen@gmail.com for limousine service contact Your Limousine and ask for Brian.

Thomas Family Winery in Madison, Indiana

Welsh Style Cider from Indiana?

Welsh Style Cider from Indiana?

Having a party for St. David’s Day this year? Welsh it up a bit with this damn fine Welsh style cider from Madison, Indiana.   The current owners grandfather Gale Thomas began making “cider” in his youth during prohibition in the 1930’s! It was made in barrels, from craggy old cider apples, sold and drunk quickly. This tradition has passed to the third generation of his family.

At $6.99 for a litre bottle the price isn’t bad either!

For more info visit: http://www.thomasfamilywinery.us/cider

Gales Welsh style cider from Madison, Indiana


The Chicago Tafia is comprised of a cheeky mix of Welsh expats living in the Chicago area, along with a dash of Scottish, Irish and the occasional Englishman as well. We gather for rugby and football games, Welsh holidays and support Welsh bands/artists when they're in Chicago. Join us for a pint or three to learn more about Welsh culture or meet up with some Celtic brethren.

Welcome to the Chicago Tafia!

Welcome to the Chicago Tafia Welsh Society!

The Chicago Tafia was born in 1999 as the result of a discussion between a couple of ex-pats wondering aloud, “why do the Irish and the Scots have some kind of setup in the States that they can turn to for help and settling into a new country and the Welsh don’t?” It dawned on us that maybe we should stop complaining and do something about it to help future Welsh ex-pats navigating the roads of Immigration and settling into the city of Chicago.

The Tafia has now been going for over a decade, and has come a long way from its early roots. Our website offers helpful links for Welsh Immigration and Travel, local British Import shops, photos of recent events, and other information about other local Welsh & Celtic Societies. Our group’s activities are wide-ranging with social get-togethers for pub nights, gatherings to watch Welsh sporting events, musicians & films, celebrating St. David’s Day, and promoting Wales at Chicago area Celtic Festivals to name but a few.

Over the years, the Tafia has also been involved with the organisation of over a dozen concerts at prominent Chicago venues for Welsh male voice choirs, including: the Pendyrus, Penrhyn, Bangor, Black Mountain, Burlington, Hogia’r Ddwylan and CF1 choirs. We have worked with many Welsh performers, bands and authors over the years including Cerys Matthews, David Llewellyn, Here Be Dragons, The Joy Formidable, Hwyl, Fflur Dafydd, Niall Griffiths & Aeronwy Thomas on performances and shows in Chicago.

The Chicago Tafia has also been involved with a number of other projects to promote Welsh awareness, including: Representing Wales at Celtic Fest Chicago that was held every September in Grant Park, Chicago from 1999 until 2010. Working with the Illinois General Assembly in the signing into law of Bill HR0149 that proclaimed March 1, 2007, and each year thereafter, as St. David’s Day in the State of Illinois and recognizing the Welsh contribution to the state. In 2008 we worked to help bring the North American Festival of Wales to Chicago. In 2009 we hosted the North American film premiere of ‘A Bit of Tom Jones’ and worked with the Welsh Rugby Union and USA Eagles on the promoting the exhibition rugby game  between the USA and Wales at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 we partnered with the British Consulate-General in Chicago and Colliers B&K to illuminate the iconic Chicago Wrigley Building red, white, and green (the colours of the Welsh flag) on Saint Davids Day on March 1. In 2011 we worked with former Plaid Cymru leader Dafydd Wigley on the S4C documentary “Murray the Hump – Dafydd Wigley and the Gangster in the Family“.

Our events are as varied as the culture of Wales, and throughout the year we are sure to have something for everyone. From waking up at 7am on a Saturday to watch rugby or staying out until the wee hours to watch Welsh bands, to a Dylan Thomas poetry reading or a Welsh Choir performing at a Chicago Cathedral, the Tafia gathers wherever something Welsh is occurring. Just look for the dragons!

We look forward to seeing you soon as one of our many events.


The Chicago Tafia Welsh Society

Welsh news and events in the Chicago area.