Celebrate Polish American History with CPL

Join Chicago Public Library in celebrating Chicago's Polish American community with a variety of online events, reading recommendations and an exhibit that honor the heritage, culture and significant achievements of Polish Americans and Poles in our city and throughout history.


Pre-Recorded Events

American Warsaw: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Polish Chicago
Award-winning historian and professor emeritus Dominic Pacyga chronicles more than a century of Polish immigration, exploring how the community has continually redefined what it means to be Polish in Chicago.

Kopytka and Kimchi: Connecting and Celebrating the Diaspora
Learn how to make the Polish-Asian fusion dish kopytka (Polish dumplings) and kimchi (spicy fermented vegetables) with Chef Won Kim of Kimski.

Overlooked Landmarks of Polish Chicago
Daniel Pogorzelski of ForgottenChicago.com discusses overlooked landmarks of Polish Chicagoland. Learn about local examples of Carpathian architectural stylings to remnants of bygone institutions as well as other lesser-known places connected to Chicago’s well-known Polish community.

Polish Folk Music with a Modern European Jazz Interpretation
This innovative performance features a mixture of traditional Polish folk songs such as "Polskie Kwiaty" ("Polish Flowers") and "Lipka Zielona" ("The Green Linden Tree") as well as original compositions by the Heritage Duo, Luke Malewicz and Stu Mindeman.

Riddle Me This, Then Go Ask the Sun: Storytelling with Lynne Clayton
Storyteller Lynne Clayton shares Polish tales and tunes that celebrate the humor and cleverness of the Polish people.

Live Event

Learn to Play the Witcher RPG
5:30 p.m. Monday, November 16
Like gaming? Meet other gamers as we play and teach The Witcher Role-Playing Game created by renowned Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.

Virtual Artist Showcase

We're featuring the works of artist Vicki Milewski, an abstract experientialist who sees no boundaries between the visual arts of oils, drawing, fiber, photography and film, and the arts of music and writing. Milewski utilizes the arts that work best to express direct experiences in each piece created. 

Coloring Page

Print our Polish American Heritage Month coloring sheet featuring artwork by Vicki Milewski.

Reading Recommendations

We recommend books exploring Polish American heritage and customs: