Jefferson Park: The Polish stop
Where the Polish scene’s deep cuts live.
Construction date 1970
Back then… The neighborhood’s population was declining, due in part to the 1960 Kennedy Expressway opening, which cut the neighborhood in half, displacing hundreds from homes and businesses and paving the way for a car-commuting suburban exodus.
Last renovation 2005. Improvements at the transportation center—which also features bus and Metra terminals—included a sound system broadcasting bird calls from pigeon predators, a feature installed in many stations. The pigeons weren’t fooled and the bird shrieker system was discontinued.
Unique features A more lasting improvement is a bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson in the outdoor plaza. A 2005 time capsule with essays from neighborhood schoolchildren is buried at the statue’s foot.—Julia Borcherts