Tourists share their Chicago experiences
Visitors give us a tourist's-eye view of Chicago.
Ziggy Jedrzejczyk, 53, Poland
Has anyone ever told you that you look just like the tow-truck driver from the film Adventures in Babysitting?
No. I don’t know what that is.
Probably didn’t find an audience in Poland. So, how many days have you been here?
Two days. We went to the Polish section of town on Milwaukee Avenue.
What do you think of our Americanized version of Poland?
There was a lot of good food, like pierogies, and a lot of Polish beer. Actually, I was surprised. The Polish people do it, the Polish cooks and the older ladies. They make everything and sell them, so they know what they’re doing. The area has a lot of traditional Polish things: groceries and clothes, that kind of thing. It was funny to look at.
Is it really true that Chicago has the largest population of Poles outside Warsaw?
Yeah. It’s the biggest. It’s a little taste of home away from home.
Have you encountered any tourist traps?
No, I’m used to avoiding them. I travel a lot. I’ve always got maps and plans of where I want to go. I’m a big blues fan, so I had to go to Jazz Record Mart. I spent, like, three hours and $300 there. That’s probably one of the biggest blues and jazz stores in America.
Anything disappoint you about Chicago?
Not yet. I like it.