NBDC: MAC Project

About the Project

The Milwaukee Avenue Corridor (MAC) Project is a PACC initiative conceived of and implemented as part of Chicago’s BACP-NBDC program. The goal of the project is to contribute to the commercial revival along Milwaukee Avenue, also known as the city’s Polish Corridor.

Providing business development assistance and collaborating with partner agencies active in communities along Milwaukee Avenue. The project focus is business attraction, retention efforts and promotion of their special events and other programs.


We are excited that via the support and participation of the PACC as a witness of HB5581 introduced by Illinois State Representative Delia C. Ramirez (4th District), the bill was received and approved by unanimous support from the IL House and Senate Transportation Committee, and it will be reported favorably to the House floor.

Designating Milwaukee Ave as the “Polish Heritage Corridor” is helping spur economic development, tourism, and preservation of the corridor’s Polish heritage to share with all.

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Milwaukee Ave Urban Identity Study
Chicago Tribune: Polish Heritage Corridor will

Special Announcement

We were pleased that during the Pulaski Day celebration at the Polish American Museum of America on March 6, 2023 the legislator sponsors of the HB5581, representatives of the PMA, and the Polish American Chamber of Commerce (PACC) helped officially unveil the Polish Heritage Corridor signs, which were placed by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) at both ends of Milwaukee Avenue Corridor, which stretches from West Town to Niles.

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Senator Pacione-Zayas: Polish Heritage Corridor Signage Ceremony
Book Club Chicago: Polish Heritage Signs Debut


Copernicus Foundation

Interactive Map of New Businesses Along Milwaukee Ave