Pulaski Road (Chicago)
Casimir Pulaski Memorial Road
|Former name(s)||40th Avenue|
|South end||Lincoln Highway (21100 S) in Matteson|
|North end||Wilmette Avenue in Wilmette|
Pulaski Road was originally known as 40th Avenue. In 1913 it was renamed for Peter Crawford, an early area landowner, in order to avoid duplication of the 40th Avenue name in the city. The name Crawford Avenue lasted until 1935 when, over local opposition and a legal battle all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court, the street was renamed for Pulaski. Among the many Polish city leaders who worked to achieve "Pulaski Road" was Emilia Napieralska, the president of the Chicago chapter of the Polish Women's Alliance of America.
Pulaski Road still retains its former Crawford Avenue name in the north suburbs of Lincolnwood, Skokie, and Evanston. In Wilmette, Crawford becomes Hunter Road. North of Devon Avenue (6400 N) and south from the Chicago City Limits to Lincoln Highway US-30.
Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs
From north to south:
- Wilmette (Suburb)
- Evanston (Suburb)
- Skokie (Suburb)
- Lincolnwood (Suburb)
- Forest Glen (City of Chicago)
- North Park (City of Chicago)
- Albany Park (City of Chicago)
- Irving Park (City of Chicago)
- Avondale (City of Chicago)
- Logan Square (City of Chicago)
- Hermosa (City of Chicago)
- Humboldt Park (City of Chicago)
- West Garfield Park (City of Chicago)
- North Lawndale (City of Chicago)
- South Lawndale (City of Chicago)
- Archer Heights (City of Chicago)
- West Elsdon (City of Chicago)
- West Lawn (City of Chicago)
- Ashburn (City of Chicago)
- Evergreen Park (Suburb)
- Oak Lawn (Suburb)
- Mount Greenwood (City of Chicago)
- Alsip (Suburb)
- Robbins (Suburb)
- Crestwood (Suburb)
- Midlothian (Suburb)
- Markham (Suburb)
- Country Club Hills (Suburb)
- Olympia Fields (Suburb)
- Matteson (Suburb)
Points of interest
- Bohemian National Cemetery is located on Pulaski between Bryn Mawr and Foster.
- At 4650 North Pulaski Road there is the 17th District of Chicago Police Department.
- Pulaski passes by the Villa District between Avondale and Addison streets.
- Pulaski runs through Chicago's Polish Village, the famous "Polish Patches of Jackowo and Wacławowo at Milwaukee Avenue.
- Caryl Yasko's famous mural Razem, Chicago's only outdoor Polish-themed mural, is located on Belmont Avenue just west of its intersection with Pulaski. It combines Polish patriotic and folkloric motifs with American Street Art.
- Pulaski ran past the site of one of Chicago's Seven Lost Wonders, the Olson Park and Waterfall complex which was located at the northwest corner of Pulaski and Diversey.
- Around Monroe Street is the Henry E. Legler Regional Branch of the Chicago Public Library. a building on the National Register of Historic Places.
- At Archer Avenue (approximately 50th Street), Pulaski passes by Curie Metro High School, named for another famous Pole as well as the Polish Highlanders Alliance of North America nearby .
- The corner of 63rd and Pulaski is known for a Giant Native American Statue on top of a Cigar Store that has been converted into an optometrist.
- At 65th Street sits the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, and at 75th Street is Richard J. Daley College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago.
- Brother Rice High School is at 100th Street.
- At 111th Street sits the campus of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, home to the last remaining farm within the Chicago city limits, which stretches south to 115th.
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