On October 27, Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined leaders from the Polish American community of Chicago at a breakfast hosted by the Polish American Association of Chicago and the Warsaw Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International. This breakfast celebrated Polish American Heritage Month and paid tribute to Chicago’s deep cultural and economic ties with Poland. In 1960, Chicago and Warsaw, Poland’s capital, established Chicago’s first sister cities agreement.
“Throughout Chicago’s history, we have had deep cultural, business and economic ties with our Polish friends,” said Mayor Emanuel. “For nearly two centuries, proud and hard-working Polish Americans have continued to shape culture, community, and change around the City of Chicago and across this nation and today’s inspiring gathering is proof of that.”
Chicago and Poland have kept close cultural and economic ties in the past several decades with trade between the two totaling $$556 million a year. The Chicagoland area is home to the largest Polish population outside of Poland, with nearly 743,000 people of Polish ethnicity living in the Chicagoland area and more than 200,000 in the Chicago alone. Chicago is home to a large number of Polish American organizations located here and the City of Chicago has a close relationship with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland.
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