FAQ – Taste of Polonia FestivalTaste of Polonia Festival

When is the Festival?

Each Year, the festival is held during the Labor Day weekend – Friday thru Monday.  Friday hours:  5 pm to 10:30 pm + Saturday & Sunday Hours: 12 noon to 10:30 pm + Monday Hours:  12 noon to 9:30 pm. 

Is the Festival Handicap Accessible?

Handicap accessable

Yes. The festival grounds, along with the Copernicus Center are Accessible.  Handicap restroom stalls are located in the Annex & the Lobby.  The Shuttle Bus from the Irish Center parking is a kneeling bus.

Are Dogs Allowed?Service Dogs Only

Only service dogs are allowed. 

The festival grounds are too crowded and we have no available area for “puppy relief.” ☺

Where Can I Park?

Shuttle Stop - Taste of Polonia Festival

Shuttle Stop – Taste of Polonia Festival

Free Parking w/ a Free Shuttle Bus is available from the Irish American Heritage Center. 

The Shuttle Stop is at the corner of N Avondale & W Lawrence Ave.

See all parking options & Directions at THIS LINK.

Can I use public transportation?

Yes, and we highly recommend it.  We are a short walk from Jefferson Park Terminal on the Blue Line.  The Lawrence Ave bus stops in front of the Copernicus Center.  Links to ALL public transportation options are HERE & at the footer of this page. ▼▼▼ PLUS, a new PACE route has been added on Milwaukee Ave. ☺

Are Children Free?kids stage taste of polonia chicago

Yes – Kids 12 & under are FREE. Please note: The vendors/owners of the Arcade & Bounce Houses charge a fee.

Where can I learn more about the BANDS?

All blue links on our SCHEDULE PAGE will take you to a dedicated page about the Band or Performance.  A video & additional linkage is on each page. 

Can I bring my own Folding Chair?

Yes, you may.  Chairs are available in front of each stage, however, large crowds make availability challenging.

What happens if it Rains?Facebook for updates

Bands & additional activities continue in the THEATER, LOBBY & ANNEX. Watch out Facebook for updates.

Where will you post potential SCHEDULE CHANGES?

“Life” & “the weather” happen! 

Should changes in the schedule occur, we will post them on our FACEBOOK PAGE.

I don’t drink BEER.  What else is available?

In addition to water & soft drinks available at the beer tents, a FULL BAR is located in the Lobby of the Copernicus Center.  Also, a bar with various liquors is located across from the Beer Garden opposite the World Music Stage.  See Map

I’m coming from out of town. Can you recommend a HOTEL?

Yes, we have hotel discount agreements with area hotels.  Please see THIS LINK.

How much does the FOOD cost? Food at Taste of Polonia Festival

Prices for menu items are set by the individual food vendors.  Most vendors have links to their websites on the MENU PAGE.

Do you need Volunteers?

Yes, we’d love & appreciate your help. ☺ ♥♥♥ Volunteer information can be found at THIS LINK.

How do I become a Vendor?

Vendor space is available on a 1st-come-1st-serve basis every year.  Full information can be found at THIS LINK.

How do I become a Sponsor?

As a nonprofit organization, we rely heavily on Sponsorship.  Please see all Sponsorship options at THIS LINK.

How do I become a festival Band or Performer?

We begin collecting applications from Bands & Performers as soon as bookings are completed each year in May.  To apply, please complete the information at THIS LINK FOR BANDS .…. or ….. THIS LINK FOR PERFORMERS.

Why is there a trumpeter in the tower?

dance music festival chicagoThe Copernicus Center’s tower is a replica of the Royal Castle tower in Warsaw, Poland.  The Warsaw clock tower was bombed during WWII, stopping the clock at 11:15 am.  To commemorate the rebuilding of the Royal Castle a trumpeter plays each day in Warsaw at 11:15 am.  We celebrate our Polish heritage by playing from the clock tower on the hour, as is done in Krakow, Poland from the St. Mary’s Church.  The trumpeter plays the “Hejnal.” (the Krakow trumpeter plays in 4 directions)

You may notice that the tune is cut off abruptly.  Why?  It’s a historical rendition of a 13th century event. A trumpeter was warning the town of invading Tartar warriors.  He was shot by an arrow of the approaching Tartar cavalry. He saved the town by sending his early alert. Today, the Hejnal is a much-loved tradition among the Polish people. The trumpet call has been broadcast live on Polish radio at noon since 1927.

Listen to the Hejnal & see wonderful images of Krakow.


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Proceeds of the Taste of Polonia Festival benefit the nonprofit work of the Copernicus Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Thank You for your support! Learn more about our nonprofit at THIS LINK.

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