All Events

    1/20/2019

    Cicha Noc (Silent Night)

    2:00 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    Adam unexpectedly visits his family house at Christmas after a few years of working abroad. In Polish, will be shown with English subtitles.

    1/27/2019

    Opening Ceremony: Celebrating Polish Culture

    1:00 PM, Niles West High School

    Celebrate this year’s Coming Together Opening Ceremony featuring Polish Culture. There will be a traditional Polish welcome with bread and salt to begin. There will be a Polish classical music concert, dance performances, theatre scenes, singing, an art gallery and delicious treats from local Polish vendors. The emcee for the event is ABC7 Chicago’s Alan Krashesky. Free and open to the public.

    2/03/2019

    Ashes and Diamonds

    2:00 PM, Lincolnwood Public Library

    During the German occupation noble, bourgeois and worker’s partisan groups lived in peace with another. On the first day of freedom they start to fight each other. In these fights is weaved a most tender love story. Ashes and Diamonds masterfully interweaves the fate of a nation with that of one man, resulting in one of the most important Polish films of all time.

    2/06/2019

    Book Talk: Spotlight on Polish Culture

    1:00 PM, American Legion Memorial Civic Center

    To support Coming Together: Celebrating Polish Culture in our community, this March we’ll feature a selection of titles by Polish writers about Poland, about Poland, Polish culture and the Polish-American experience.

    2/06/2019

    Family Reads Bookclub

    6:30 PM, Morton Grove Public Library

    For grades K-2 and a parent/caregiver. Does your family love to read aloud together? Read The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes at home together with your family, then bring an adult with you to this book discussion program and explore the story with a hands-on activity and a little bit of fun! Registration is required and begins January 6. Once you have registered, pick up your FREE copy of the book at the Youth Services Desk.

    2/10/2019

    Polish Folk Art Painting

    1:30 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    Join us for a painting workshop led by the Polish artist, Dorota Tomczyk. She will teach how to paint angels on a reclaimed wood.

    2/10/2019

    Lajkonik Song and Dance Ensemble

    2:00 PM, Morton Grove Public Library

    Celebrate Polish culture through artistic dances, passionate songs and colorful performances.

    2/11/2019

    Modern Polish Cooking from Qulinarnia

    7:00 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    Join Chef Agnieszka Janowska from Qulinarnia, as she demonstrates how to prepare three signature Polish dishes with a twist. Samples will be served.

    2/13/2019

    Mother-Daughter Bookclub (Grades 3-5)

    7:00 PM, Morton Grove Public Library

    If you are in grades 3-5, bring your mother (or aunt, grandmother, neighbor, older sister, or teacher) with you for a lively discussion and activities connected to the book The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes. Registration begins January 13. Once you have registered, pick up your FREE copy of the book at the Youth Services Desk.

    2/14/2019

    Between the Lines: The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo

    10:00 AM, Morton Grove Public Library

    This book discussion group meets at Morton Grove Public Library. No registration required. New members are warmly welcome!

    2/14/2019

    World Language Storytime in Polish

    6:30 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    Join us to share stories and songs in Polish (with a bit of English). Craft and a small snack included. Witamy!

    2/14/2019

    Book Discussion: The Lullaby of Polish Girls

    7:00 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    Discussion of The Lullaby of Polish Girls by Dagmara Dominczyk. A vibrant, engaging debut novel that follows the friendship of three women from their youth in Poland to their complicated, not-quite-successful adult lives. Copies of the book will be available at the 2nd Floor desk at Niles-Maine District Library.

    2/17/2019

    The Zookeeper’s Wife Film and Discussion

    2:00 PM, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

    After Germany invades Poland and World War II begins, many are in peril. This acclaimed feature film tells the true story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, and how they rescued hundreds of Jews from the Germans by hiding them in their Warsaw zoo. A post screening discussion will be led by Dr. Elliot Lefkovitz, faculty member, Spertus Institute; History Professor Emeritus, Loyola University.

    2/17/2019

    Chopin in Jazz Styling

    3:00 PM, Skokie Public Library

    Enjoy a jazz performance primarily featuring the music of Frederick Chopin with singer Grazyna Auguscik and pianist Ben Lewis.

    Singer, composer, arranger, and producer Grazyna Auguscik is one of the most intriguing contemporary vocalists on today’s world jazz scene. Her elusive style challenges traditional definitions of jazz and shows a vocalist and musician without boundaries. Her unorthodox approach to rewriting classic works pays tribute to their authors and at the same time is an adventure into uncharted territory. Pianist Ben Lewis has collaborated with many artists and made two tours abroad as a jazz ambassador for the U.S. State Department in 11 countries throughout West Africa and East Asia.

    2/18/2019

    Be the Artist

    6:00 PM, Skokie Public Library

    Get creative and develop your art-making skills with our staff artist. This month, we’re exploring Polish-American art. Drop-in event for grades 3-5.

    2/19/2019

    Film: A Year in the Quiet Sun

    11:30 AM, Morton Grove Public Library

    Shortly after World War II an American soldier and Emilia, a Polish refugee, fall deep in love. Eventually he will return to the U.S. And both expect that she will soon follow him. Cast: Maja Komorowska, Scott Wilson.

    2/19/2019

    Between the Lines: The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo

    7:00 PM, Morton Grove Public Library

    This book discussion group meets at Morton Grove Public Library. No registration required. New members are warmly welcome!

    2/19/2019

    Book Discussion: The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo

    7:00 PM, Skokie Public Library

    Join us for a discussion of The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo. A limited number of books will be made available for registrants at the Skokie Public Library.

    2/20/2019

    Book Discussion: The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo

    10:00 AM, Skokie Public Library

    Join us for a discussion of The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo. A limited number of books will be made available for registrants at the Skokie Public Library.

    2/20/2019

    Mother-Daughter Bookclub (Grades 5-7)

    7:00 PM, Morton Grove Public Library

    If you are in grades 5-7, bring your mother (or aunt, grandmother, neighbor, older sister, or teacher) with you for a lively discussion and activities connected to the book The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan. Registration begins January 20. Once you have registered, pick up your FREE copy of this month’s book at the Youth Services Desk.

    2/21/2019

    Polish Storytime

    6:30 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    Children ages 4 and up are welcome to join us for an evening storytime to celebrate Polish culture.

    2/21/2019

    Guys Read Bookclub

    7:00 PM, Morton Grove Public Library

    Are you a guy in Grades 3-5 who likes to read? Come along with your favorite grown-up for discussion and activities featuring the book Detective Nosegoode and the Kidnappers by Marian Orlon. Registration begins January 21. Once you have registered, pick up your FREE copy of the book at the Youth Services Desk.

    2/22/2019

    Art: Step-by-Step

    4:30 PM, Morton Grove Public Library

    For grades 2-6. Create a work of art, step by step, with supplies and materials provided by the Library. Each month we try a new and exciting art project; this month’s project is symmetrical images inspired by Polish art. You’ll be amazed at what you can make in just an hour.

    2/22/2019

    Dzika Fitness Workout

    5:30 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    Lose yourself in the music during this intense multi-dimensional dance-infused workout. Dzika’s goal is to help you live stronger, longer and more meaningful lives while making friends along the way. Registration required.

    2/22/2019

    Polish Folk Tales and Paper Cutting

    6:30 PM, Skokie Heritage Museum

    Join us for a family-oriented evening of Polish folk tales and songs to learn the history and cultural background of Poland. After the stories, learn about the Polish art of paper cutting, Wycinanki. Instructor: Agnieszka Sarrafian. Ages: 10+. Registration is required. Registration code: 410171-01. Children Must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Contact (847) 674-1500, ext. 3000 for more information. All participants must register.

    2/26/2019

    Craftin’ Around

    7:00 PM, Morton Grove Public Library

    For grades 3-6. Love to Craft? Join us for an evening of craft-tastic fun; a different project each month! This month, we’re attempting the art of torn paper, Wycinanki. Registration begins January 15.

    2/27/2019

    YA Book Club: Anna and the Swallow Man

    7:00 PM, Morton Grove Public Library

    Set in Poland during the Nazi regime, Anna is left all alone when the Nazis take away her father until she meets the mysterious Swallow Man. Anna and the Swallow Man travel together seeking travel together seeking salvation while avoiding dangers along the way.

    Every book club attendee receives a free copy of the book.

    2/28/2019

    Freedom of Press in Poland

    7:00 PM, Skokie Village Hall

    Sergiusz “Sergio” Zgrzebski, a dynamic senior reporter/anchor with 15-years of major TV market expertise, will introduce the latest developments in the Polish government’s fight against liberal media outlets. Mr. Zgrzebski’s background includes experiences with WPVN Polvision TV, WNVR 1030 AM, WRDZ 1300 AM, 104.7 FM, and Polskie Radio Chicago. The program will be held at Skokie Village Hall, in the first floor Council Chambers. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

    2/28/2019

    Kopytka & Kimchi: Connecting & Celebrating the Diaspora

    7:00 PM, Skokie Public Library

    Kopytka are potato dumplings and kimchi are a selection of fermented vegetables. When these two dishes are eaten together, it’s a flavor explosion. Join chef Won Kim of Kimski as he shows us how to make kopytka and kimchi. Hear the story of how the Marszewski family combined Polish and Korean cuisine to create their unique restaurant in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. Limited to 50 participants. Registration is required.

    3/01/2019

    Book Discussion: The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo

    1:00 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    This novel by William Kowalski, chronicles a century of life in America for one humble Polish farm girl and three generations of her descendants in Buffalo, New York. Copies of the book will be available at the 2nd Floor desk at Niles-Maine Library.

    3/02/2019

    Think Art Photography

    10:00 AM, Niles-Maine District Library

    Are you ready to delve into the magical world of fine art photography? Join award-winning photographer, Katarzyna Derda, for a talk on how to bring imagination to life. Katarzyna will share her unique way of turning a natural setting into a fine art studio as she discusses her journey and inspiration that keeps her creating photographs that evoke emotion.

    3/02/2019

    Warsztaty Teatralne Little Stars Theater Workshop: ‘The Legend of Vavel’s Dragon’

    3:00 PM, Golf Middle School

    Poland is a beautiful country, with spectacular landscapes and many different cultures. For thousands of years it was led by brave kings and queens and their grand castles that bear many wonderful legends still attract visitors from all over the world. The most famous is “The Legend of Vavel’s Dragon.” The scary dragon lived long, long ago in the old Polish capital, Cracov, by the biggest Polish river, Vistula. To find out what terror he brought to the city and how the fearless Poles solved the problem, come to the free performance by Chicago based Warsztaty Teatralne “Little Stars”! We have created and developed the vibrant musical for the entire family based on this memorable tale. Written by Piotr Kukula and directed by Agata Paleczny.

    3/03/2019

    Polish Presence In American Screen Images

    2:00 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    Join Polish American author and educator Joseph Zurawski as he talks about the history of the Polish images on film and television screens and how Polish characters have changed through time.

    3/04/2019

    Movie Monday - Ida

    7:00 PM, Skokie Public Library

    A moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.

    3/04/2019

    Polish Chicago: Immigrant Group to Middle Class

    7:00 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    Author Dominic Pacyga presents a slide lecture on the four major waves of Polish immigration that have transformed the city and its suburbs over the last 150 years.

    3/05/2019

    From Independence to Independence

    6:30 PM, Emily Oaks Nature Center

    Martin Kozon delivers a lecture on 100 years of Polish independence from 1918 to 2018, where he traces the Polish experiment with democracy, experiences of occupation under two totalitarian systems, and the responsibilities of becoming a model of success for post-Eastern Bloc states seeking integration into the 21st century’s European Union. Event sponsored by the Skokie Park District.

    3/07/2019

    Book Discussion: The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo

    11:00 AM, Oakton Community College, Skokie Campus, Room C140

    Book Discussion

    3/07/2019

    1-2-3 Painting: Poppies!

    4:30 PM, Morton Grove Public Library

    For grades 1-3. This messy, fun program is designed just for kids who love to create. Children who attend this program will use a number of different tools and techniques to create wonderfully unique pieces of art. Appropriate clothing should be worn for getting messy. Registration begins February 15.

    3/07/2019

    Behind-the-Scenes of a Lifestyle Blogger

    7:00 PM, Morton Grove Public Library

    Polish-American Chicagoland lifestyle blogger, Ela “Liz” Bobak, will share the ins and outs of life as a lifestyle blogger and vlogger.

    3/08/2019

    Gwiazdy Paper Craft

    3:30 PM, Lincolnwood Public Library

    Create geometric Gwiazdy (star) designs in this traditional paper craft with roots in the Kurpie and Lowicz regions of Poland.

    3/08/2019

    Let’s Make Kolaczki!

    5:00 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    Learn how to make these scrumptious filled Polish cookies from baker Edyta Wydman. Bet you can’t eat just one!

    3/09/2019

    The Zookeeper’s Wife

    2:00 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    2017, rated PG-13, 127 min. The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. The film Defiance originally scheduled for today will no longer be shown.

    3/11/2019

    The Polish Immigrant Experience

    4:00 PM, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines Campus, Room 1605

    Three Oakton faculty members, who immigrated to the U.S., will talk about their varying experiences as new immigrants. Join us to hear the different immigrant stories of Aleksandra Majkowska Smith, Jadwiga Cyparska, and Dorota Zak.

    3/11/2019

    World Exploration: Poland

    7:00 PM, Morton Grove Public Library

    Join us for a storytime for the whole family as we explore a different country! We’ll read stories, sings songs, and do activities to help us learn more about Poland and the people who live there.

    3/14/2019

    Festival of Polish Culture

    12:00 PM, Oakton Community College, Skokie Campus

    Join Oakton’s student clubs and community members for a festival celebrating Polish culture with food, music, and dance!

    3/14/2019

    World Language Storytime in Polish

    6:30 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    Join us to share stories and songs inPolish (with a bit of English). Craft and a small snack included. Witamy!

    3/14/2019

    Hearty and Healthy Polish Cooking for Teens and Adults

    7:00 PM, Morton Grove Public Library

    Chef and author of Hearty & Healthy Polish Cooking, Michael Niksic will share some new takes on Polish Cuisine. Ample samples of recipes from his newest cookbook will be featured along with chef Niksic sharing events from his library of Kitchen Tales. His programs are Fun, Casual and very Informative. Prepare for a savory and informative evening! Space is limited and registration is required. Teens (7th grade and up) and adults are invited to sign up.

    3/15/2019

    Book Discussion: Anna and the Swallow Man

    5:30 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    Set in Poland during WWII, Anna and the Swallow Man is a story of survival, love, and sacrifice. Check out a copy from the Teen Underground to read and discuss together.

    3/16/2019

    Coming Together - Paint Your Story

    11:00 AM, Niles-Maine District Library

    Polish artist Patricia Stepniak will use the story “How music wrapped the world in colors” to inspire kids to create their own picture story, using watercolors, oil pastels, inks and scrapbooking materials. K-5th grade, children under 3rd grade need to have an adult caretaker with them.

    3/16/2019

    Polish Wedding

    1:00 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    1998, rated PG-13, 105 min. The story of a Polish-American family in Detroit, and the daughter that is eager to experience life. Starring Claire Danes, Gabriel Byrne and Lena Olin. Will be shown with English subtitles.

    3/17/2019

    The Fourth Partition

    1:30 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    This “must see movie” for Chicago-Polish history won two awards at Polish film festivals. 2013, 75 min.

    3/18/2019

    The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo with author William Kowalski

    11:30 AM, Lone Tree Manor Restaurant

    A small gathering with Polish author William Kowalski (his book The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo) and an authentic Polish lunch provided at Lone Tree Manor Restaurant. Enjoy conversations with the author in an intimate setting with the delicious tastes of Poland. The ticket price is $20.00, space is limited.

    Register by emailing kds@vniles.com.

    3/18/2019

    An Evening with William Kowalski: Coming Together Featured Author

    7:00 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    Join us for an evening with author William Kowalski, author of The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo and this year’s Coming Together selection. He is the best-selling, award-winning author of seven novels and seven Rapid Reads (shorter works for beginning adult readers of English). Registration is required and opens on Feb. 4 at 9 a.m.

    3/19/2019

    William Kowalski, Coming Together Featured Author

    1:45 PM, Niles North High School

    This year’s featured Coming Together author will speak to students at Niles North High School.

    3/21/2019

    Book Discussion: The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo

    7:00 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    This novel by William Kowalski, the showcase book for the 2019 CTIS initiative, chronicles a century of life in America for one humble Polish farm girl and three generations of her descendants in Buffalo, New York. Copies of the book will be available at the 2nd Floor desk at Niles-Maine Library.

    3/25/2019

    Chat and Chomp The Weight of Water

    11:45 AM, Niles-Maine District Library

    Join us for pizza and a great book discussion. Get a copy of Sarah Crossan’s The Weight of Water at the KidSpace desk to read and discuss. This title is also available in eBook on Axis 360. Please read the book in advance. Registration required.

    3/25/2019

    Film: Ida

    6:00 PM, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines Campus

    Ida won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, and was the first Polish film to ever win an Oscar. Ida was directed by Pawel Pawlikowski and written by Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

    3/26/2019

    Art Activities Open House at Artorium

    10:00 AM, Artorium

    Artorium Inc. is a private family-run arts center in Chicago. It is open to everyone ages 5 and up , regardless of any previous art experience. The focus of Artorium is to help students develop their artistic and creative skills through hands on interactions with a multitude of art mediums. Each student is approached with a personalized instruction plan that is customized towards their age, experience and the ability to handle tools and materials. Students are taught: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, weaving, digital arts and crafts.

    Each student works at their own pace and advances into new techniques and mediums based on their interests and abilities. The center has been established over 10 years ago and is continuing to encourage future artists to fulfill their own aspirations. Each lesson is closely supervised by professionals to ensure a safe and productive learning environment.

    3/28/2019

    Storytime with the Author

    2:00 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    Join author Anna Mycek-Wodecki to read her biographic picture book book Igna_ - The Boy with the Colorful Head - IGNAS Chlopiec z Kolorowa Glowa. This will be an interactive storytime with drawing.

    Registration required.

    3/28/2019

    Film: Ida

    7:00 PM, Oakton Community College, Skokie Campus

    Ida won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, and was the first Polish film to ever win an Oscar. Ida was directed by Pawel Pawlikowski and written by Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

    3/30/2019

    Polish Youth Showcase

    9:30 AM, Niles-Maine District Library

    Join us to watch area Polish students put on a talent show showcasing their studies. Students from Ignacy Paderewski, Mikolaj Kopernik and Maria Curie-Sklodowska Polish Schools will take the stage to share about the culture and history of Poland. Crafts and snacks will round out the morning.

    3/31/2019

    Book Craft

    2:00 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    The Glass Mountain: Tales from Poland by David Walser and illustrated by Jan Pienkowski is an engaging collection of tall tales decorated with colorful paper cutouts. Join us to discuss the tales, learn about Polish wycinanki, and create your own pieces of colorful art. Registration required.

    3/31/2019

    Pisanka Galore

    2:00 PM, Niles-Maine District Library

    Learn to decorate Easter eggs using the popular wax resist technique. This technique involves applying hot beeswax and staining the egg. Participants will use a bi-color style.

    4/03/2019

    Celebrating 10 Years of Coming Together: Panel Discussion, Collaborative Pop-up Museum, Collaborative Art Workshop

    6:30 PM, Niles West High School

    A beautiful evening of discussion and art with the 10 participating Cultures of Coming Together from 2010-2019 celebrate the 10th anniversary of the program. Representatives of the Asian Indian, Filipino, Assyrian, Greek, Korean, “Voices of Race”, Latino/Hispanic, Chinese, Muslim American and Polish cultures will discuss their experiences participating in this award winning program, accompanied with pop-up stalls displaying arts and crafts from each culture and a collaborative art project with audience participation.

    The location of the program is South Commons.

    Parking:

    Enter the south parking lot of the school (by the rear of the school) from the entrance on Gross Point Road. Use Door 13B to enter.

    Please note that anyone parking in the front, in the lots facing Oakton, will be asked to instead drive around to the back of the building. They will not be permitted to enter through the main entrance and go through the building.

    4/06/2019

    Polish Cusine

    1:00 PM, Devonshire Cultural Center

    Learn the secret to making authentic Polish food as we explore the Polish culture. Join Chef Sam in creating a side dish, a main dish and a dessert. Instructor: Samantha Foreman.For Age: 9+. Registration is through the Skokie Park District starting 2/15/18. Registration code: 111154-01. Register online or at any Skokie Park District facility.

    4/07/2019

    Polish Legends and the Art of Cut-Outs

    2:00 PM, Lincolnwood Public Library (this is a program presented by the Lincolnwood Multi-Cultural Task force)

    Please join us for an afternoon of Polish folk stories. Each region in Poland brings something different and unique. Just like it’s landscape from meadows through rivers and mountains, the legends of Poland are sweet, scary or simply entertaining. From the tale about “Dragon in Vavel”, “Torun’s Gingerbread” to “Interrupted sound of Krakowski’s trumpet-call”, the audience will travel not only through small, picturesque villages but also through time. We will see some folk art as well as traditional cut outs in paper.Agnieszka Rynkiewicz-Sarrafian is a story teller, fairy tale writer, poet and translator. Sponsored by the Lincolnwood Multi-Cultural Task Force.