October Is Polish American Heritage Month

Witamy! (Welcome!) Join CPL in celebrating Polish American Heritage Month in October with events and exhibits around the city.

Our celebration kicks off with Marlena Dziś in Concert with Tyler Kivel at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 3 at Harold Washington Library Center. The soloist and pianist will perform selections by Chopin and Stanisław Moniuszko as well as Polish folk songs. This performance celebrates the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence.


We'll have events for all ages throughout the month, including concerts, craft workshops and book discussions. Highlights include:

Film Screenings

  • Far from Poland: Learn about the birth of the Solidarity movement at the Gdansk shipyards through moving personal testimony and a chilling look at the psychology of a censor.
  • Hiding and Seeking: A father and his adult sons make a pilgrimage to thank the Polish family that risked everything to save their grandfather.
  • A Night on Milwaukee Avenue: See the most famous Polish neighborhood in America through the eyes of everyday people and legendary stars. This event features a live talkback with award-winning filmmaker Adrian Prawica.
  • The Pianist: Polish Jew and brilliant pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman managed to escape the Nazis and lived for years in the ruins of Warsaw.


Frostpunk and Witcher 3: Master the challenges of the role-playing game Witcher 3 or take on the survival game Frostpunk, both developed by Polish gamers. Teens 14 to 18.

History, Travel and Writing

Art Exhibits

Local artists display their work at five CPL locations in celebration of Polish American Heritage Month.

Reading Recommendations