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Record #: R2021-1272   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 11/17/2021 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 11/17/2021
Title: Celebrate October as Polish American Heritage Month
Sponsors: Villegas, Gilbert
Attachments: 1. R2021-1272.pdf
Chicago City Council November 17, 2021

RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING OCTOBER AS POLISH HERITAGE MONTH
WHEREAS, Each year in October, the United States observes Polish American Heritage Month, a time at which the people of the United States recognize, celebrate and acknowledge the historical and continuing contributions of Polish people and Polish Americans; and
WHEREAS, In the the mid 1800s, Polish businessman Antoni Schermann came to the City of Chicago ("City") and opened a Polish immigration agency on the northwest side, setting the stage for the establishment of the City's "Polish Downtown", and welcoming the first significant wave of Polish immigrants who traveled to the United States and settled in the City; and

WHEREAS, In 1960, persistent Polish migration to the City led Mayor Richard J. Daley to declare Warsaw as Chicago's first sister city, and through today, Chicago remains one of the largest Polish population centers outside of Poland; and

WHEREAS, The 2020 U.S. Census revealed that Chicago and Cook County remain a magnet for Polish migration and pride, with approximately 900,000 residents of Polish heritage, or about one in seven, choosing to live, work, and contribute to local communities; and

WHEREAS, Since their arrival, the Chicago Polish community has produced iconic figures across diverse areas including, Jim Grabowski, a successful NFL football player and member of the College Football Hall of Fame; Carlos Bernard Papierski, a notable actor and director; Stanistaw Szukalski, an imaginative sculptor and painter; John S. Flizikowski, a prominent architect with several important cultural projects, including the historic Polish Museum of America in Chicago's West Town neighborhood and countless others; and

WHEREAS, To this day Polish Americans and immigrants continue to shape Chicago's legacy, culture, and way of life, as demonstrated by numerous Polish oriented businesses, restaurants neighborhoods and celebrations, such as the Taste of Polonia Festiv...

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