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Post from Emma

New Orleans may have Mardi Gras, but here in Chicago, we celebrate Paczki Day! The “Fat Tuesday” tradition is celebrated in Chicago, thanks to the large Polish community throughout the city. Paczki (pronounced either POWNtch-key or PONtch-key) are delicious pastries filled with jam, frosting, preserves or custard, with a dusting of powdered sugar on top. Many Polish bakeries in Chicago are fresh and family-owned, with a loyal neighborhood following. Check out a comprehensive list from the Chicago Tribune to find the closest bakery near you. Be sure to get in line—bakeries are making paczki in the thousands to prepare for the tradition!