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Guild Benefit for Back Home: Polish Chicago

Friday, May 19

The Guild of the Chicago History Museum warmly requests the pleasure of your company for a Guild Benefit celebrating the opening of Back Home: Polish Chicago. Guests will receive a first look at the exhibition, hear from project historian Dominic A. Pacyga and CHM chief historian Peter T. Alter discuss Chicago’s Polish history and the creation of the exhibition, listen to The Lira Ensemble perform folk songs in traditional dress, and enjoy a dinner of traditional Polish cuisine. Na zdrowie!

Cocktail attire; valet parking available.


6:00 p.m. – Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
7:00 p.m. – Program in the Robert R. McCormick Theater
8:15 p.m. – Dinner in the Morse Genius Chicago Room


$5,000 | Warsaw Sponsor – Premium Table for 10
10 tickets to this special event
Curated exhibition tour for 10
Recognition in event program and CHM annual report

$3,500 | Eagle Sponsor – Table for 10
10 tickets to this special event
Recognition in event program and CHM annual report

$500 | Poppy Sponsor
1 ticket to this special event
Recognition in event program

$275 | Individual Reservation


Dominic A. Pacyga
Dominic A. Pacyga is a professor emeritus of history at Columbia College Chicago and winner of the Mieczyslaw Haiman Award for his contributions to the study of Polish Americans. He has written multiple books on Chicago’s Polish community, including American Warsaw: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Polish Chicago and Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago: Workers on the South Side, 1880–1922, and was one of the project historians for Back Home.

The Lira Ensemble
The Lira Ensemble is the nation’s only professional performing arts company specializing in Polish music, song, and dance. Lira is the arts outreach group of Chicagoland’s Polish American community and its mission is to bring the best of Polish culture into American life.

Questions? Contact Nell McKeown at (312) 799-2112 or









Dorota Stephanides’s Warsaw Uprising commemorative eagle, c. 1987
Performers at Soldier Field for the Polish Christian Millennium Celebration, Chicago, Aug. 29, 1966. ST-15002327-0006, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
The Lira Ensemble
Project historian Dominic A. Pacyga

The Details



19 th

6:00–10:00 p.m.



$ 275

Event Location

Chicago History Museum

1601 N Clark St.

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