Chicago Feis founded in 1959, by the late Dennis Dennehy, is one of the longest running Feiseanna in North America and has now become an important part of Gaelic Park’s annual Irish Fest which is held over Memorial Day Weekend. Over 500 dancers compete in the two day competition starting on Sunday and ending up on Monday of Memorial Day Weekend. Categories for dancers are beginner, advanced beginner, novice, open and adult beginner. Competitors in the prizewinning category must win a first place in all five dances in order to progress to preliminary championships. Preliminary championship dancers must win two 1st places in order to qualify for the open championship category. The competitions takes place from 9.00am to 3.00pm on both days. Adjudicators from around the country to judge the contest. Winners receive trophies and medals.