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Avondale, Chicago also widely known as the “Polish Village” is a northwest neighborhood of Chicago spanning from Diversey Avenue to Addison Street. This neighborhood has a long and bountiful history of polish immigration and community. The streets became a safe common ground for thousands of polish immigrants where stores, language, and customs all gave them a glimpse of life back in Poland.
Though the polish community has now shifted all over suburbs and other areas of the US, the polish roots of Avondale are still clear. This area stands for the beginning of chasing the American Dream and finding means of survival for so many immigrants who now call Chicago or the US their forever home.
Gain an understanding of the neighborhood and the importance of the history of this area by exploring the different pages of this site.