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ScotlandsPeople released 1921 Census information today! Who Will You Find?
ScotlandsPeople has just released the 1921 Scottish census records for the first time, comprising 200,000 images recording the details of 4.8 million people. Chicago Scots encourage everyone to explore their ancestry! Who will you find?
Gus Noble: 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became a CEO
Recently, Gus Noble was interviewed by Ben Ari from Authority Magazine, as part of a series called ‘Five Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became A CEO. Read the full interview here.
Rusty’s Connection to the Kilted Classic
Rusty Magner shares his story on his connection to golf and the Kilted Classic hosted by the Chicago Scots. “Try it, and you’ll want to return the next year. Bring some friends and or clients – they will thank you. And it’s a good value for golf, food and drink! The bagpipes are always incredible. The comradery of friends and challenges on a great course, like Cantigny, can’t be beat.”
Caledonia Senior Living marks Queen Elizabeth’s death
Staff at Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care in North Riverside lowered the flags of Scotland and the Illinois St. Andrew Society to half-staff in memory of Queen Elizabeth II, whose 70-year reign as monarch of the United Kingdom ended upon her death Sept. 8.
Chicago’s longest-running charity tees up to help its heritage home
CBS Morning Insider Lauren Victory takes us inside the latest battle for the Chicago Scots: fundraising for much-needed renovations at Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care.
Reflecting on my Summer Internship at Chicago Scots
Calvin Lees shares his experience as the 2022 Saltire Scholar Intern at Chicago Scots. Hear about what he worked on, what he learned, how he explored Chicago and more.
Join Us on a Musical Adventure at the Scottish Festival & Highland Games
The entertainment lineup at the 2022 Scottish Festival & Highlands Games includes a variety of bands and solo artists with eclectic styles from jazz and bluegress, to honky tonk, country and more!
A Salute to Roscoe: Chicago Scots ‘Take Pride!’
Chicago Scots is grateful for Roscoe, whose motto is ‘Take Pride’ for continuing to sponsor the Pipe Band Competition at the Scottish Festival & Highland Games. Learn about the company’s family values and history.
North America’s Largest Pipe Band Competition at The Highland Games
Chicago Scots is proud to host the Midwest’s largest Scottish Festival and Highland Games with North America’s largest Pipe Band competition June 17-18, 2022. Solo competitions are held on Friday and full Pipe Band competitions are on Saturday!
Scottish Heavy Athletics and More at the Highland Games
Scottish Heavyweight Athletics, with roots back to the 10th century, form the identifying activities at the Highland Games. Learn about these events and hear from a panel of women discussing the past, present and future of women in Heavy Athletics.
Catching up with Scott McAdam Jr to discuss his company’s support for Chicago Scots
Chicago Scots interviewed Scott McAdam Jr. to discuss his Scottish identity and the company’s support for Chicago Scots, including sponsorship of the Children’s Area at the 2022 Scottish Festival & Highland Games.
Chicago Scots hosts National Trust for Scotland in Celebration of Tartan Week
To celebrate Tartan Week, Chicago Scots hosted Philip Long, Annie Campbell, and Kirstin Bridier from the National Trust for Scotland on the first leg of their four-city tour of America.
This Month in History: The Great Fire of 1917
Learn about the history of Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care, and how Scots rallied together to raise money within two weeks of the fire for the Scottish Home that stands today!
Through the Eyes of Experts: COP 26 and Beyond
The Chicago Scots in collaboration with the National Trust for Scotland USA, Openlands and the Scottish Government USA held a virtual panel discussion on conservation, climate change and its impact on people in advance of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) starting in Glasgow, Scotland.
Remembering Mom through the Family Tradition of Golf
For the second year in a row the Kilted Classic Leaderboard is generously sponsored by Curtis Linder, in memory of his mother Glenna Linder who lived at Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care.
My Story to Citizenship on this Independence day
I spend a lot of time thinking and talking about my Scottish identity. On this Fourth of July, I'd like to talk about my American identity. I am a Chicago Scot. I was born and brought up in Scotland. In 2018, I became an American Citizen. My American wife, Aisha, and...
Gus Noble named Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II
Chicago Scots President and CEO, Gus Noble, has been named an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This honor was awarded in recognition of Gus’s 17-years of service to Scottish culture in the United...
Caledonia Senior Living partners with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra
This Mother’s Day, Caledonia Senior Living became the first aging services community in the US to partner with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Gus recently joined RSNO CEO Alistair Mackie and acclaimed Chicago violinist Rachel Barton Pine on Zoom for a wide ranging chat about the partnership, the evolution of the program, the power of music and a fascinating story about the forgotten music of St Kilda.
Gus Noble receives 2021 National Tartan Day Award
Gus Noble, President of the Chicago Scots, received the 2021 National Tartan Day Award presented by the Scottish Coalition USA. The award was presented April 6th during the National Tartan Day Commemoration Celebration, hosted virtually by the American Scotland Foundation.
Heroes for Heroes: A Year in Review
One year ago, Chicago Scots began a collaboration with local artist David Lee Csicsko to help support our heroes at Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care. Each month we have celebrated a Scottish or Scottish-American hero featuring them on apparel, mugs and other merchandise available at our online store. Learn more about these incredible heroes.
Ways to Celebrate 2021 Tartan Day Safely
On Tuesday, April 6th we want every Chicago Scot to observe National Tartan Day at home safely. We’ve compiled a list of events and activities every Scot can enjoy at home to commemorate National Tartan Day.
In-person Visits Allowed at Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care
All residents at Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care are now vaccinated and in-person visits have resumed with social distancing protocols still in place. ABC7 Chicago was on-hand to cover this story.
2021 Highland Games Announcement
Last March, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Chicago Scots announced with regret that we would press “pause” on all our in-person events until we were absolutely certain we could host them safely. Unfortunately, that time has not yet come and we regret to announce that the Chicago Scots will not host our 2021 Scottish Festival & Highland Games in June.
Remembering Roberts Burns
Despite lockdowns due to COVID-19, plans are underway to honor Scotland’s ploughman poet Robert Burns’ birthday throughout the world.
Chicago Scots has put together a comprehensive resource guide to celebrate Robert Burns safely at home all week long.
COVID-19 Vaccine Comes to Caledonia Senior Living
Residents and staff at Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care received the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, January 12, 2020. See photos and news coverage of the event.
Operation Christmas at Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care thanks to the generosity of Mark Wilken, former owner of Hollyberry, a holiday store in Oklahoma. Mark donated his entire store inventory to Chicago Scots. It's a story of goodwill...
Gus Noble Interviewed by Scotland.org
Gus Noble, President of Chicago Scots, was recently interviewed by Scotland.org for a feature article. The interview covers a wide range of topics including Chicago Scots history, Caledonia Senior Living’s handling of COVID-19, systemic racism, and the upcoming virtual St. Andrew’s Day Gala and 175th anniversary.