Pulaski Road (Chicago)

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Pulaski Road
4000 West
Casimir Pulaski Memorial Road
Crawford Avenue
Former name(s) 40th Avenue
Length 39.3 mi
South end US 30.svg Lincoln Highway (21100 S) in Matteson
North end Wilmette Avenue in Wilmette

Pulaski Road (/pəˈlæsk/) is a major north-south street in the city of Chicago, at 4000 W., or exactly five miles west of State Street. It is named after American Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski.

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 Street 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.[1] 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[edit]

From north to south:


Pulaski Road is primarily served by 2 routes, the 53 Pulaski between Peterson Avenue and 31 Street and the 53A South Pulaski between 31 Street and 115 Street. The 67 67th/69th/71st and 103 West 103rd also serve the road for short segments.

The following CTA Lines stop at Pulaski Road:

The Irving Park station has an auxiliary exit on Pulaski Road.

Points of interest[edit]

A number of prominent Polish churches in Chicago are located on side streets just off of Pulaski Road, such as St. Hyacinth Basilica and St. Wenceslaus.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Cook County.

MattesonOlympia Fields line0.00.0 US 30 / Lincoln HighwaySouthern terminus
US 6 (159th Street) to I-57
Midlothian8.313.4 IL 83 (147th Street)
Oak LawnEvergreen Park line14.823.8 US 12 / US 20 (95th Street)
Chicago22.035.4 I-55 (Stevenson Expressway)
27.944.9 IL 64 (West North Avenue)
30.949.7 I-90 / I-94 east (Kennedy Expressway)Eastbound I 90/I 94 entrance; westbound I 90/I 94 exit

IL 19 (West Irving Park Road) to I-90 / I-94 west (Kennedy Expressway)
33.553.9 US 14 (West Peterson Avenue)
Lincolnwood34.555.5 US 41 (Lincoln Avenue)
Wilmette39.363.2Wilmette AvenueNorthern terminus; roadway continues as Hunter Road
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Amanda Seligman (2005). "Fight for 40th Street". The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago. Chicago Historical Society. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2010-12-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Grossman, Ron (2005-08-29). "Chicago's Seven Lost Wonders". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  4. ^ "Legler Library - Chicago Public Library". Chipublib.org. 2007-05-14. Archived from the original on 2012-05-17. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  5. ^ "Crawford Avenue (Pulaski Road) Map".

5. Karol Wachtl. Polonia Amerykanska:dzieje i dorobek [American Polonia: Its History and Legacy]. Philadelphia: privately published, 1944, pp. 172, 396.

6. Angela and Donald Pienkos. 'In the Strength of Women Is the Strength of a Nation:' A History of the Polish Women's Alliance of America (2003). Boulder: East European Monographs No. 632 Distr. New York: Columbia UP, p. 85.

Coordinates: 41°52′27.3″N 87°43′31.5″W / 41.874250°N 87.725417°W / 41.874250; -87.725417