Chicago's Polish Triangle officially to receive honorary designation "The Polish Triangle"


The Nelson Algren Fountain in the Polish Triangle

The parcel of land bound by Division St., Milwaukee Ave. and Ashland Ave. is on its way to officially be named the "Polish Triangle." 

At the recent meeting of City's Committee on Housing and Real Estate, an ordinance was voted on to give an honorary designation to the hub that connects Wicker Park, East Village, Noble Square and Pulaski Park. 

Originally written as 'Polonia Triangle' the final decision was for 'Polish Triangle.' "Several Polish organizations asked that be changed," said Scott Waguespack, 32nd Ward Alderman, who along with 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno, 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti and 31st Ward Alderman Ray Suarez sponsored the ordinance. 

"I'm very very happy that it was named 'Polish' versus 'Polonia' Triangle," said Bogdan Ogorek, Tatra Cultural Foundation and Holy Trinity. "In Europe people would know 'Polonia' but here 'Polish' is understood by more people. It is great that people other than the Poles are looking for the area's roots. Through history, Poles in the area built many of buildings and churches and created business that are still here." 

Jan Lorys, Managing Director, Polish Museum of America, said, "It is about time. Many people have worked on this recognition for a long time. Those to be recognized in addition to the Museum are Zygmunt Dyrkacz of the Chopin Theatre; Victoria Granacki, who wrote Chicago's Polish Downtown; as well as Daniel Pogorzelski.  It is important that we pay tribute to all the people from Civil War through the good and hard times that built this area." 

With tongue-in-check, the Polish Triangle Coalition's Kapra Fleming said, "The Polish Triangle Coalition was ahead of its time!" 

The ordinance is expected to be voted on in City Council next week.



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