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Poles Living in the Chicago Area


Sylvio 19 | 144
13 Sep 2021 #271
In my time in US I only lived ( as a temping contractor) in IL, TX and CA. But TX suited me most. Probably because I have poor cierculation, and the TX heat all year round was just awesome. The only time I got a great all over tan, too. Without trying. Not sure why, but there were very few Poles there. The only Polish store was somewhere down 75 Express way, near Garland? Chicago felt like I was already in Canada. But yes, very similar climate to back in Poland. CA was good too, but I found it the hardest to make new friends down there. Especially around San Francisco.
Cargo pants 2 | 1,086
13 Sep 2021 #272
but I found it the hardest to make new friends down there. Especially around San Francisco.

Maybe because there is large percentage of LGBTQ people and they stick to there community.
mafketis 29 | 9,829
13 Sep 2021 #273
. Not sure why, but there were very few Poles there

Because a large majority of Polish immigration was to the Foundry (to use Garreu's terminology*) which is where ethnic preservation was generally strongest. By the time their descendants end up in other places they're no longer pol-ams but simply Americans and won't be looking for Polish grocery stores... though the presence of the ancestors of German settlers in some areas might produce something kind of similar...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nine_Nations_of_North_America


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