Chicago's Polish Downtown, Illinois (Images of America Series)

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Polish Downtown is Chicago's oldest Polish settlement and was the capital of American Polonia from the 1870s through the first half of the 20th century. Nearly all Polish undertakings of any consequence in the U.S. during that time either started or were directed from this part of Chicago's near northwest side. This book illustrates the first 75 years of this influential Polish neighborhood. Featured are some of the most beautiful churches in Chicago-St. Stanislaus Kostka, Holy Trinity, and St. John ...
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Overview


Polish Downtown is Chicago's oldest Polish settlement and was the capital of American Polonia from the 1870s through the first half of the 20th century. Nearly all Polish undertakings of any consequence in the U.S. during that time either started or were directed from this part of Chicago's near northwest side. This book illustrates the first 75 years of this influential Polish neighborhood. Featured are some of the most beautiful churches in Chicago-St. Stanislaus Kostka, Holy Trinity, and St. John Cantius-stunning examples of Renaissance and Baroque Revival architecture that form part of the largest concentration of Polish parishes in Chicago. The headquarters for almost every major Polish organization in America were clustered within blocks of each other, and four Polish-language daily newspapers were published here. The heart of the photographic collection in this book is from the extensive library and archives of the Polish Museum of America, still located in the neighborhood.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738532868
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 7/15/2004
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 458,136
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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Author Victoria Granacki grew up Polish Catholic in Chicago. Her grandparents came from Poland and instilled in her a deep love for her Polish heritage. She is a principal with Granacki Historic Consultants and has written many architectural and community histories for Chicago and its suburbs.
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  • Posted May 1, 2009

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    Outstanding!

    Outstanding book! Well researched, a quick read through as this is mostly a pictoral documentary. I spent two evenings reading the descriptions of old photos, drinking my latte and reminiscening on the many Sundays I spent at St. Hyacinth's church with my parents as a young girl. The book focuses on the oldest of the Polonia districts in Chicago, Trojcowo-Stanislawowo and discusses its history and socio-demographic growth and its eventual dis-integration. My only wish would be that book be published in Polish as well, as I would love to share it with some of my Polish-only speaking friends and family members, who frequently visit me from Poland. This book is must read to all of us, Poles who made America a new homeland and Chicago a home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    A must read to all Polish Immigrants

    Outstanding book! Well researched, a quick read through as this is mostly a pictoral documentary. I spent two evenings reading the descriptions of old photos, drinking my latte and reminiscening on the many Sundays I spent at St. Hyacinth's church with my parents as a young girl. The book focuses on the oldest of the Polonia districts in Chicago, Trojcowo-Stanislawowo and discusses its history and socio-demographic growth and its eventual dis-integration. My only wish would be that book be published in Polish as well, as I would love to share it with some of my Polish-only speaking friends and family members, who frequently visit me from Poland. This book is must read to all of us, Poles who made America a new homeland and Chicago a home.

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