173rd annual Feast of the Haggis 

The Illinois Saint Andrew Society, now known as the Chicago Scots, was established in 1845 when a group of Scots came together to celebrate the Feast of Saint Andrew, Scotland's patron saint. Every year for 173 years, despite world wars, great depressions and fires, the Society has hosted the "Feast of the Haggis" - never missing a year and making this event Chicago's longest running black tie dinner and we look forward to welcoming you to the 173rd year of the Feast!

Proceeds from this event benefit Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care.

The Chicago Scots welcome everyone who is Scottish by birth, by heritage or simply by inclination to come and enjoy a fun evening, celebrating Scottish culture while honoring our 2018 awardees:

Distinguished Citizen:

alex gourlay                 

Co-Chief Operating Officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. 

Alexander Gourlay is co-chief operating officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., overseeing the operations of both Walgreens and Boots. Prior to this, he was named executive vice president of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. and president of Walgreens in December 2014 before moving into his current position in June 2016. 

Previously, he was executive vice president and president of customer experience and daily living for Walgreens.

Before joining Walgreens in October 2013, Gourlay was chief executive, health & beauty division, Alliance Boots, a role he undertook in January 2009, when he was also appointed to the board of Alliance Boots.

He had previously been managing director of Boots UK and a member of the Alliance Boots Group operating committee following the acquisition of Alliance Boots plc by AB Acquisitions Limited in 2007.

Prior to this, he was healthcare director of Boots the Chemists, having held senior management positions in store operations and human resources.

He currently serves as chairman on the board of directors of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and is a board member of the Retail Leaders Industry Association and World Business Chicago.

ABOUT: Presented in recognition of an individual's achievement of excellence and contributions to Society, the Distinguished Citizen Award is our highest honor.

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Kinswoman & Kinsman of the year

jennifer and alLan garraway


Allan and Jennifer were both born and raised in Scotland. They have three children. The Garraway family moved to the USA when Allan’s employer, the Bank of Scotland, posted him to Chicago.  Following stints in Texas and New York, Jennifer and Allan returned to Chicago to be close to their children and grandchildren.     

Throughout their time in Chicago, Allan and Jennifer have always been thoughtfully and generously dedicated to the Illinois Saint Andrew Society’s twin purposes: to promote Scottish culture and provide exceptional senior care. The Garraway’s have served on many of the Society’s committees and regularly volunteer at Scottish events. Allan has served on the Society’s Board of Governors in a variety of capacities – helping to establish and lead the Scottish Business Forum, as Chair of the Scottish Festival and Highland Games and as Chairman of the Board. 

ABOUT: Each year the Chicago Scots present the Kinswoman and Kinsman Awards in recognition of outstanding dedication and voluntary service to the Illinois Saint Andrew Society.


Saturday, December 1, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center

chicago cultural center

78 E. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602