Chicago’s Polish Population Plummets

Anyone who shops in Chicago’s heavily Polish neighborhoods, as I do, knows the joy of Andy’s Deli and the Red Apple buffet, but it is also clear that for more than a decade the demographics of these Polish neighborhoods have been changing dramatically. Poles who are in America to stay are moving to the suburbs [...]

Chicago Salvation Army Store to Celebrate Polish Heritage Day with Appearance by Wanda Urbanska

Wanda Urbanska & Leonard Kniffel

The Salvation Army in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood will celebrate the third anniversary of the transformation of its family store at 2270 North Clybourn on July 23 with a host of special programs, food, sales, a fashion show and celebrity guests including my friend and colleague, author and sustainability advocate Wanda Urbanska, and Chicago street [...]

My Sister’s Mother: Book Launches at Polish Museum

You could hear a pin drop at the Polish Museum of America as Donna Solecka Urbikas introduced her new book to a crowd of friends and colleagues Sunday, May 22. My Sister’s Mother has been a long labor of love for the first-time author, the carefully recorded and documented story of her mother and sister [...]

My First Mass Mob: Save St. Adalbert Church

It’s not so much the ornate interior, nor the spiraling exterior surrounded by scaffolding, it’s the history and the legacy that drew a “mass mob” of some 200 people to St. Adalbert, one of Chicago’s oldest Catholic churches, for a Sunday mass in Polish today, April 3, coincidentally my late mother’s birthday. She would have [...]

Hamtramck Historical Museum Needs Our Support

The new Hamtramck (Michigan) Historical Museum has made great strides in establishing itself as one of the historically Polish city’s premier cultural institutions. My grandparents immigrated from Poland to Hamtramck in 1913, met and married there, and spent the early years of their marriage in what was then one of the fastest growing communities in [...]

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