September 4-7, 2009
Cost: $3-$7, children under 12 free
Organizer: The Copernicus Foundation
What to expect: Live entertainment (four stages), vendors, polka dancing, food, cooking classes and more.
Why to go: They say there are more Poles in Chicago than there are in Warsaw. Whether or not it's true, you've gotta support.
Additional info: The proceeds benefit The Copernicus Foundation, a local cultural organization. Polish Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Jakubowski and Father Dzieszko at noon on Sunday. Festival organizers claim to have hosted over a million visitors in the last quarter century, including such dignitaries as George H. Bush, Dick Cheney and Tipper Gore, so expect to wait in line for your kielbasa and pierogi.
Centerstage Reviewer: Richard Sharp