The Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia in Chicago
and the
Croatian-American Day Committee of Chicago
 present the
Official Book Launch of "Croatians of Chicagoland"
and the
2010 Pleter Award Ceremony

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Adults over 16 only

Formal Business Attire please

May 17, 2010 at 06:30 PM 
May 17, 2010 at 08:30 PM 

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Chicago Cultural Center - Preston Bradley Hall 
78 E. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602

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 Ed & Mara Cooper Family

Parkway Bank & Trust - Lidija Budimir Murillo

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PMC Mortgage Consultants - Boris Tomacic Family

Robert & Linda Stulac Family 

 Owais & Jennet Succari  

Sweet Delights - Marinka & Marija Moric

Book Signing

with author Maria Dugandzic-Pasic

Border's Bookstore - State & Randolph Streets

May 17th

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Croatians in Chicagoland - 170 Years Celebration

Official Reception and Awards Ceremony

Chicago Cultural Center - Preston Bradley Hall

May 17th

6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m. 

The Croatian community of Chicagoland is proud to celebrate over 170 years since the first Croatian arrived.  Lured by economic, political and social freedoms, Croatians, like other immigrants, came to the Chicago area in search of the American Dream. 

In her new book Croatians of Chicagoland, Maria Dugandzic-Pasic uses personal stories to illustrate how Croatians survived and assimilated into their American surroundings.  The book provides a snapshot view of how this community and its leaders, clergy, laborers, politicians, athletes, benevolent societies and social organizations helped build and shape Chicago’s history.  In its heyday, this community grew so robust that Chicago became known as the "second Croatian Capital."   Many of these institutions exist and thrive today. 

Today, there are more than 150,000 people of Croatian descent in the area.  Croatians of Chicagoland explains how this small but influential immigrant group achieved its American Dream while still holding tight to its ethnic identity.


2010 Pleter Award


The Pleter Award was established by the Croatian-American Day Committee to recognize individual Croatian-Americans for preserving and promoting their Croatian heritage.   This 2010 Pleter Award recipients are: David Diehl, John Jurkovic, Toni Kukoc, Bill Kurtis, Mary Matalin, Bill Rancic and Chris Zorich.

Vinodol Code Award

presented to the family of the late Hon. Michael Bilandic

The Vinodol Code Award was established by the Croatian American Bar Association to recognize persons of Croatian descent who have excelled in the practice of law and/or made an outstanding contribution to the law or legal scholarship.  The award is named after the Vinodol Code (Vinodolski Zakon) written in 1282—the oldest legal text in Croatian and written in Glagolitic letters.  The CABA is an association of Croatian-American lawyers and Croatian lawyers from around the world.


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