Contrary to popular myth, the city of Chicago does not have the largest population of Poles outside of Warsaw. That honor goes to New York City, or maybe London. However, Chicago has a higher percentage of people with Polish ancestry, and that’s reflected in its street names, in the nicknames of its sports teams (remember when former Bears coach Mike Ditka called an ideal player a “Grabowski?”), in its official forms where Polish appears alongside Spanish and Mandarin, and in its restaurants. Pierogi may be the ultimate in Polish comfort food, and here it’s available not just in old-school Polish diners and delis and modern Polish restaurants but also in bars that serve it alongside tacos and pizza and other food that Americans have adopted as the ideal accompaniment for beer. Here’s where to find some of the city’s finest pierogi. Eat it on the spot, or take a frozen bag home.
As of August 20, the city has mandated that everyone wear facial coverings while indoors. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More