Chicago Takes the Day to Observe Casimir Pulaski

March 07, 2011

The first Monday in March is Casimir Pulaski Day. That’s today, and that means closures around Chicago.

*Schools: All public schools in Chicago and many in the suburbs will be off today.

*Libraries: Don’t send your kids here; all Chicago public libraries will be closed.

*Government: All city of Chicago and Cook County offices will be closed. Except for Central Bond Court, all Cook County courts will be closed too.

*Garbage: Hold on to it, Chicago residents, there’s no pickup in the city today.

There will be mail, most banks are open, you must feed the parking meters in the city, and the Metra, Pace and CTA will operate on normal schedules.

Casimir Pulaski has his very own day in Chicago and Cook County.

So, who is Casimir Pulaski?

Pulaski was a Polish citizen who sympathized with the American cause. He was a Revolutionary War hero who died defending Savannah, Georgia in 1779.

Pulaski Day was established in Illinois back in the 1970s to recognize Illinois’ Polish-American population.

There are more Polish people living in Chicago than in Warsaw, Poland.

Pulaski was designated an Honorary U.S. Citizen by Congress through a bill co-sponsored by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin.

Want to learn more about this great man? The State of Illinois’ official Pulaski Day celebration is set for 10 a.m. in the Sabina P. Logisz Great Hall of the Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley will be there and there will be speeches, a scholarship presentation and entertainment. Admission and parking are free.

By the way, the Chicago Park District had originally scheduled its own activities in observance of Casimir Pulaski Day, but they were canceled after the city decided to close its facilities today to save money and help balance the district’s $400 million budget.

Looks like Pulaski is still making his mark on Chicago.

Have a great Casimir Pulaski Day!

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