The purpose of the Chicago Society is to foster the ideals of good fellowship, to promote the welfare of the community, and to advance the civic, social, economic and cultural development of the community. The Society strives to not only promote the success of its individual members in their respective fields, but also provides support and encourages members to participate in wholesome activities and social events provided by the organization.
Meetings are held each month throughout the year, offering members an opportunity to network, offer mutual support, and explore new opportunities. The Chicago Society of the Polish National Alliance vigorously stimulates membership and offers its members support in their business, civic and professional efforts. Furthermore, the Chicago Society PNA, welcomes members to participate in wholesome activities and social events provided by the organization. A monthly newsletter The Forum and this website keeps the membership informed about activities and organizational news.
The Chicago Society is truly the first Polish American Society in America. On Friday, April 19th, 1912, the Society was formally organized. The name Chicago Society was adopted at this meeting. The twenty-nine charter members had affiliated the unit with the largest Polish fraternal body in North America, the Polish National Alliance. In 1924, the Society created a Ladies Auxiliary, now known as the Polish Women’s Civic Club, to assist in the social service work conducted by the Society. In addition, the Society formed the Polish Welfare Association–now known as the Polish American Association–which initially had as its goal to systematize and coordinate the humanitarian work of various Polish charitable units and aided in the care and prevention of delinquency among Polish youth.
The Society has maintained its position of progressive leadership and has served as a model for societies in other major metropolitan areas. The Society vigorously stimulates membership and offers its members support in their business, civic and professional efforts. The Society welcomes members to participate in wholesome activities and social events provided by the organization.
In addition to monthly networking dinner meetings, the Society holds the following events for members and their families and friends:
January – Annual Ball and Inauguration of Officers
February/March – Sledź
April – Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner
May – Pre-Parade Brunch
June - Fishing Derby
July – Golf Outing
August – Family & Friends Picnic
September –Taste of Polonia
November - Hunting Outing
December – Deserving Children’s Christmas Party
December – Christmas Party