Chicago's economic, architectural and cultural accomplishments can be traced
back to the city's proud Polish roots. As one of the city's largest European
populations, this city is shrouded in a proud Polish tradition.
centerpiece of Jackowo, Chicago's Polish Village, St. Hyacinth Basilica (3640
W. Wolfram St.) is one of the most celebrated cultural institutions in the
city. For more than 120 years, visitors have been stunned by the enormous mural
dome and Baroque-style influence of this architectural masterpiece.
Polish nobleman and American Revolutionary War hero, Casimir Pulaski, Pulaski
Park (1419 W. Blackhawk St.) is a green space and field house on Chicago's West
Side. Designed by architect William Carbys Zimmerman and celebrated landscape
architect Jens Jensen, this striking public area is one of Chicago's prized
Stanislaus Kostka Parish (1327 N. Noble St.), often referred to as the "mother
church" of Chicago's Polish community, is a stunning sanctuary designed by
Patrick C. Keely, the architect behind Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral. In the
late 19th century, St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish was the largest parish in the
country boasting a congregation of more than 40,000 people.
Authentic Polish Sausage
a whole lot of absolute truths in this world, but we can say with outright
certainty that you will get a delicious Eastern European-style sausage at
Endy's Deli (3055 N. Milwaukee Ave.). Located near Kurowski's Sausage, another
one of Chicago's legendary Polish food stops, Endy's is a can't-miss place for
authentic Polish cuisine.
looking for encased meats or rye bread, all roads in Chicago lead to Kurowski's
Sausage (2976 N. Milwaukee Ave.). This intensely popular Polish grocery store
is famous for its rare European spices, dill pickles and wood smoked meats. Don't
leave Chicago without an order of kielbasas from this Avondale staple.
in 1918, Andy's Deli (5422 N. Milwaukee Ave.) is a local leader in specialty
European meat products. For perfectly seasoned sausage - both fresh and frozen
- this authentic Polish grocery store is a must-visit.
its Hungarian-style pancakes and Pirogues, Smak-Tak (5961 N. Elston Ave.) is an
authentic Polish restaurant on Chicago's Northwest Side. Guests with an
appetite will love its generous portions, while budget-conscious diners will
appreciate the low price point and BYOB option.
pancakes and pirogues are so delicious that you can't eat just one plate full,
so visit the buffet at Red Apple Restaurant (3121 N. Milwaukee Ave.) for
unlimited Polish cuisine. With a wide variety of dishes and a lively dining
atmosphere, you'll find quality in bulk at this charming Avondale eatery.
Chicago's most heralded Polish restaurant, Staropolska (3030 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
offers big portions and, as expected, the best stuffed cabbage in Chicago. The
décor of the dining space has a strong European influence, the service is
impeccable and you'll find Poland's best beers on tap. Okrzyki!
Neighboring the historic center of the first Polish Community in Chicago, The Polish Museum of America (984 N. Milwaukee Ave.) is one of the largest institutions of its kind in the United States. Featuring a library, archives and exhibits, visitors will be inspired by the profound cultural allure of this ethnic museum.
Home to the
awe-inspiring Gateway Theater, the Copernicus Foundation (5216 W. Lawrence
Ave.) is a cultural epicenter for the Polish community. This center for the
arts features an exciting calendar of performances and draws thousands of
visitors to its annual summer celebration, Taste of Polonia.