October is Polish American Heritage Month

The Chicagoland area has long been home to one of the largest Polish populations outside of Europe! From the Polish Museum of America, Pulaski Park and Thaddeus Kosciuszko Monument to the annual Polish Constitution Day Parade and Copernicus Foundation, Chicago is filled with Polish tradition that has been an integral part of our city’s culture for generations. Join Chicago Public Library in celebrating Polish American Heritage Month in October with a variety of special events for all ages in recognition of the vital contributions people of Polish descent have made to our country in the arts, the sciences, scholarship, and every area of endeavor.


View all Polish American Heritage Month events. Highlights include:

Adults and Teens

Research Your Family History with the Polish Genealogical Society of America
11 a.m. Thursday, October 7 and 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 26
Get a step-by-step introduction to sleuthing out your family tree from the President of the Polish Genealogical Society of America.

Virtual Tour of Poland, the Land of Fields, with Robert Pine
1 p.m. Thursday, October 14
Robert Pine will share from his personal experiences across Poland why this country is an overlooked gem as a travel destination.

Let's Celebrate Polish American Heritage
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 20
Get social and meet new people at this online get-together.


Paint Your Story: Your Voice on Canvas for Kids
6 p.m. Monday, October 18 and 11 a.m. Saturday, October 30.
Polish artist Patricia Stepniak will use mixed media and Polish folk tales to inspire kids as they create their very own picture stories.

Grab and Go: Wianek Flower Crown
Love crafting with your kids at home? Pick up a kit from a branch location near you.

Mice Weddings and Other Polish Adventures: Storytelling with Megan Wells
2 p.m. Saturday, October 2, 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 4, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 9, and 11 a.m. Friday, October 22
Storyteller Megan Wells shares Polish tales that celebrate the humor, ingenuity and culture of Polish heroes.

Online Book Discussions

Recorded Music Concerts

Coloring Page

Print our Polish American Heritage Month coloring sheet featuring the Mermaid of Warsaw by artist Patricia Stepniak. 

Reading Recommendations

Polish American Heritage Month for Kids: 2021
Celebrate and Discover Poland and Polish America: Books for Teens and Adults