Polish Past in Chicago 1850-1941

An amazing exhibition drawn from Photographic Archives of The Polish Museum of America

Polish Past in Chicago exhibit, Taste of Polonia Festival, Polish Fest

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Poles first began to settle in Chicago in the 1850s, but it was not until the 1880s that their arrival assumed the character of a mass migration. From that time until the 1930s, the number of Polish immigrants rapidly increased. They were drawn to industrial areas and Chicago, with work opportunities in its many factories, steel mills, slaughterhouses, and meatpacking plants, quickly became America’s most Polish city.

The exhibition focuses on the early history of Polish immigrants in the neighborhood known as Chicago’s Polish Downtown. It features photographs of the first settlers and their families, houses, businesses, organizations, parishes, and various forms of cultural and patriotic endeavors. These highlights, drawn from the extensive Polish Museum of America Photography Collection, illuminate the rich history of Poland’s emigrés in the “city of big shoulders.”

See this exhibit in the Copernicus Center Annex

Visit the Polish Museum of America Website.


Two additional exhibits are featured during the 2018 festival. See our schedule for times & locations.

  • This is Poland (make only by kids )   
  • Poland’s Independence – Celebrating 100 years    

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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