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You never know how things are going to turn out. I went downtown yesterday for the sole purpose of doing some photography in and around the Chicago Art Institute and got sidetracked by the Polish Constitution Day Parade.

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The parade, in honor of the Polish Constitution of May 3 1791, is an annual event in Chicago and is the largest Polish parade outside of Poland, drawing thousands of people who come to celebrate their national heritage. The sight of all those red and white flags flying in the breeze drew my attention away from the job at hand and I wandered off down Columbus Drive to see what was happening.

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There was an added air of excitement in the crowd, the event following so soon after Pope John Paul’s canonization and indeed this seemed to be the theme for this year’s parade.

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Almost everyone, spectators and participants, wore red and…

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Polish-born Forys

via www.suntimes.com on 2/16/11

Polish-born Forys ran for the 5th District Congressional seat vacated by Emanuel when he left for the Obama White House.

Forys arrived in the U.S. from Poland at age 4. He grew up in Chicago, earned a medical degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He also studied in Poland, where he took part in early demonstrations that led to the Solidarity movement’s overthrow of the communist government, he said during his campaign.

via Google Reader – pan Tarej’s shared items.

Polonia: Where do Poles live in the USA – Polish Chicago (II) – Polish Culture

Chicago is the most known world-wide center of Polish immigration. Poles in Chicago are more visible and spectacular group than the Poles in NYC. Even on the airport O’Hare in Chicago one can hear announcements in Polish quite often. Many custom officers are caring the badges with the information “Mowimy po Polsku” (We are speaking Polish).

via Polonia: Where do Poles live in the USA – Polish Chicago (II) – Polish Culture.

The third wave of immigrants started arriving in 1980. The first immigrants came after the martial law in December 1981. Some won visa on the visa lottery. Some immigrants of the newest wave are very skilled professionals. Quite numerous group of faculty in American universities consist of good educated Polish immigrants of the newest wave. Some, especially illegal immigrants are not still that well settled down in the society and they live in low-income housing mainly in Polish quarters in Chicago, New York or Detroit.

via Three Waves of Massive Polish Immigration – Polish Culture.