Save Podhalanka Polish Restaurant

Helena of Podhalanka Restaurant needs help. Podhalanka is the last Polish restaurant of what was the Polish Broadway, aka "Polish Triangle." Today, it quietly serves up true home-cooking at the border of Noble Square and Wicker Park.

Helena came from Poland to the United States in 1983 via Pan Am Air. She's been working her butt off ever since. The pierogis and soup make one cry for their real or imagined Polish grandmother. 

Helena and her nephew Greg run the place, and they are from another time. They have no email addresses! They have no online marketing! But they make the real Grandma Polish food! 

I know that if I told Helena I was doing this, she would say that she wouldn't want to bother anyone. She's the sweetest! We've been talking walking tour groups with Chicago Detours to her for years because her restaurant is just plain awesome - in the most warm, cozy, grandma kind of way. 

Among trendy new high rises and hip cafes, Podhalanka is a truly special place. Helena could use more than what is listed here! Either donate now or stop by and get some food.

First 5 donors of $200 or more get invited to a group meal at Podhalanka w/a guest, date TBD (bill covered by Detours). 



    • $60 
    • 8 d
  • Venita Lockett 
    • $20 
    • 11 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 1 mo
  • Andrea Knowles 
    • $20 
    • 1 mo
  • Paul Magelli 
    • $20 
    • 1 mo
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Organizer and beneficiary

Chicago Detours 
Chicago, IL
Helena Madej 
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