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Chicago author and historian Dominic A. Pacyga leads this presentation on his 2019 book “American Warsaw: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Polish Chicago,” which explores the impact Chicago’s Polish community has made on the city’s culture and politics.

$8 Public
Free for CAC members

This program will be hosted on Zoom. Approximately 3 hours before the start of the program, you will receive a link directly from Zoom with details about how to access and view it.

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Chicago is famously home to the largest Polish community on Earth, outside of Poland. Join us for this virtual program, where Pacyga explores—over the course of more than a century of immigration and emigration—how Polish people, families and traditions have defined and redefined what it means to be Polish in Chicago.


Dominic Pacyga

Author Dominic A. Pacyga received his PhD in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1981. He is a retired professor of history at Columbia College Chicago and has authored, co-authored or edited eight books on Chicago history including “American Warsaw: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Polish Chicago.” Pacyga has earned media recognition both locally and nationally as a writer and lecturer on a broad range of topics including race and ethnicity, residential architecture, immigration, labor and urban development.

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