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Chicago Vaccine Requirements

As of January 3, 2022, the City of Chicago and Cook County mandate requiring proof of vaccination has gone into effect. This mandate REQUIRES our venue, Copernicus Center, to check PROOF of VACCINATION before allowing entry into our venue. Anyone 16 years or older will need to present a government-issued ID such as a DRIVER’S LICENSE or PASSPORT to accompany the PROOF of VACCINATION. Anyone not able to supply PROOF of VACCINATION will not be allowed in the venue to attend the performance.

Following this mandate, MASKS are still mandatory to enter the venue and while inside. Anyone not following these mandates will be asked to leave.

Thank you for your understanding while we all try to navigate through these changes.  Learn more here.


The Copernicus Center is a premiere event center in Chicago hosting small to large scale events and concerts, theatre, educational workshops, culturally diverse activities, as well as community engagement. Cultural and community events in Chicago are at the heart of what we do. We are also home to the LARGEST Polish music fest, Taste of Polonia Festival, held annually in September.

The Center is supported by the Copernicus Foundation, a non-profit organization serving Chicago since 1971. Supporting Chicago’s large Polish population, community events on the Northwest side, and multicultural Arts & Entertainment are the heart of the Foundation’s mission. Read more about the history of the Copernicus Center and Foundation.

Check out one of our many shows or events and see why Copernicus Center is the hidden GEM of Chicago!

Concerts, Cultural, and Community Events for the Whole Family

With easy accessibility from any location in Chicago, Copernicus Center, located in the heart of Jefferson Park, is ideal for any event. Our fully restored 1930 style theater and modern loft style Annex provide Chicago with two unique spaces that offer great acoustics from small to large concerts, theatre performances, or events. With our many venue options, it is hard to find a day where there isn’t something going on. Whether it be a meeting in Kings Hall, ESL classes in one of the classrooms, farmers market in the parking lot, a wedding in the Annex or a LIVE concert in the Theater, you’ll find something for everyone.

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Join us every year for our four-day Taste of Polonia Festival

The Taste of Polonia Festival takes place annually for FOUR (4) days over Labor Day weekend. The festival boasts four stages of 35+ multi-genre bands, cultural events, a Kid’s Zone, many exciting attractions, over 30 local vendors, exciting craft beer tent and of course, great Polish food. Taste of Polonia is our annual fundraiser to benefit the non-profit work of the Copernicus Foundation, a 501(c)3.

Come for the FUN but leave with an unforgettable EXPERIENCE!

Learn more about becoming a sponsor or vendor at the next Taste of Polonia Festival.  View Festival Site

Hoyne Savings BankThank you to Hoyne Savings Bank

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude for the generous grant provided by Hoyne Savings Bank and Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. Your charitable contribution will undoubtedly have a significant impact on helping the Copernicus Foundation during these uncertain times.

It is comforting to know that there are organizations like yours that are always looking out for their neighbors and community partners.

Thank you again for your generosity and support.