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Burns Supper

  • University Club of Chicago 76 East Monroe Street Chicago, IL, 60603 United States (map)

Each year the CHICAGO SCOTS gather together to celebrate the birthday (25 January), life and work of the Scottish poet, Robert Burns.

Join us for an evening of cocktails, dinner, toasts, music & dancing!

University Club of Chicago (76 E. Monroe St.)

6PM Cocktail Reception & Whisky Tasting (Library Room)

7PM Main Reception (Cathedral Hall)

Immortal Memory given by:

Brad Armacost was a part of the ensemble in Irish Theatre of Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award winning Seafarer by Conor MacPherson. His work with the ITC includes Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie and A Moon for the Misbegotten, as well as McPherson's Shining City and The Weir. He received the Joseph Jefferson Award for the role of Teddy in Brian Friel’s Faith Healer at Steppenwolf. Other Friel projects include Aristocrats, Wonderful Tennessee, Lovers and Dancing at Lughnasa. He appeared in Synge’s Playboy of the Western World, also at Steppenwolf. Other credits include A Touch of the Poet at the Goodman Theatre with Brian Dennehy, Waiting for Godot with Remy Bumppo and with John Mahoney in A Life at Northlight Theatre. 

Brad has appeared numerous times at Chicago Shakespeare, including the Jeff Award winning Best Production, The Madness of George III. He is an Artistic Associate with Provision Theatre where he received Jeff nominations for his work in A Christmas Carol, CS Lewis, Onstage and Shadowlands. 

He can currently be seen in the Fox series The Exorcist as Bishop Egan and his past television credits include Chicago Fire, Empire, Mind Games, Missing Persons, Angel Street, The Untouchables and Early Edition. Film credits include Warren, Robert Altman's The Company, Barbershop 2, Repetition, Eight Men Out and Backwoods. He has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the Beyond the Score presentation of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and with the CSO in The Tristan Effect, Strauss’ Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and as Pablo Neruda for Bedoya’s Caminos del Inka.

Toast to the Lads & Lassies given by:

Dave & Jessica Johnston

Dave Johnston: Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. Dave moved to Chicago in 2005 after marrying a local girl (Jessica) in 2004, in Scotland. Dave runs Chicalba Bagpiping Services, which provides bagpipers for a variety of events, including many of the Illinois Saint Andrew Society's events. Dave is a life member of the Illinois Saint Andrew Society and currently MC at the Scottish Festival & Highland Games in Itasca.

Jessica Johnston: Jessica was born in the suburbs of Chicago and lived here until meeting Dave in 2001. Jessica moved to Glasgow in the Fall of 2001, lived there for 4 years and was involved with the highly successful Scottish Wedding Directory. Jessica is currently a Middle School Counselor in Park Ridge and supports the Illinois Saint Andrew Society events whenever and wherever she can.


Thistle & Heather Highland Dancers

Dancers of all ages enjoy opportunities to celebrate and learn about their cultural heritage and history while sharing their love of Scottish Highland Dancing. THHD dancers participate in Chicago-area cultural events, such as parades, parties & civic engagements. Lessons are taught by Nancy Strolle, the Society's past chair & current Board Member.

Cas Dannsa Dancers

Cas Dannsa is the premier performing group of the Gillan School of Highland Dance. Leslie Gillan is the group's choreographer and director. Cas Dannsa performs a combination of authentic Highland Dances from the 18th and 19th century and original choreography. For additional information please contact: or 847.372.8513

Alexandria Rust

Alexandria is a Chicago based actor and singer, though her theatrical studies have fed her wanderlust, taking as well as across the ocean to England and Italy. She is currently a member of the Saltbox Theatre Collective, and is proud to have participated in the company since it's beginnings in 2015. YOu can see her throughout February at their Oak Park stage as Sandrine in Almost, Maine. When she is not performing or taking class, she can be found leading group fitness classes and giving personal training instruction in the north Suburbs.


Parking Options:

Valet parking is available with the doorman at standard rates; Self Parking is available at the following garages: Grant Park East Garage, located at Columbus Drive and Michigan Avenue, Grant Park North Garage located at Madison Street and Michigan Avenue, and Grant Park South Garage located at Jackson Street and Michigan Avenue.

Lodging Options:

Discounted room rates are available at the University Club of Chicago. Group Block Name: CHICAGO SCOTS. Must call 312.726.2840 to reserve. Discounted rates and/or rooms are not guaranteed.

About Robert Burns:

Whether his subject was a man or a mouse (or even a louse), Scotland's National Bard had a rare talent for putting himself into others' shoes and expressing life's universal emotions.

From traditional ballads and romantic songs to humorous satires and thought-provoking poems, Robert Burns composed some of the world's most instantly recognizable lines of poetry and song lyrics.

His words have been cherished and passionately recited for the past two centuries. Indeed, it's because of this great man that we promise, every Hogmanay, to 'tak a cup o' kindness' with our neighbors and go forward into the new year with a a sense of belonging and hope for the future.

Earlier Event: February 4
Scottish American History Forum
Later Event: March 4
Scottish American History Forum