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Polish Mountaineers' Parade, 1965
The term “Polonia” originates from medieval Latin and came into common parlance during the second wave of Polish immigration to the United States after 1945. It can refer either to a specific Polish community in America or to the entire community of Polish Americans. Since the mid-nineteenth century, Chicago's Polonia has been centered on the city's Northwest Side.

Pacyga, Dominic A. “Polish America in Transition: Social Change and the Chicago Polonia, 1945–1980.” Polish American Studies (Spring 1987).
Parot, Joseph John. Polish Catholics in Chicago, 1850–1920: A Religious History. 1981.
Zglenicki, Leon. Poles of Chicago, 1837–1937: A History of One Century of Polish Contribution to the City of Chicago. 1937.