Pulaski Road (Chicago)

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Pulaski Road
4000 West
Casimir Pulaski Memorial Road
Crawford Avenue
Former name(s) 40th Avenue
Length 78.8 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 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.[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:

Points of interest[edit]

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


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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.