Approachable and family friendly, one of the city's best kept secrets
Convenient, affordable and culturally rich, this is only the beginning of what this small, enclave offers its residents. Very low key and neighborhood like, the Ukie Village is on the precipice of a rebirth. Food, shopping and entertainment are spread throughout with new businesses opening by the truckload. Chicago Ave, Grand Ave, and Division Ave are the main thoroughfares of the area and house most options for dining out, grabbing a drink, or shopping the boutique's. Travel by foot in the evening is safe and is full of families who have lived here for generations, where safety is a priority.
Accessibility to the expressway and downtown is as simple as it gets, as 90/94 is right outside your door. The Blue Line via the el, can zip you to the Loop in 10 minutes, or head north to O'Hare. Wicker Park, Noble Square and even Greektown are close by and easy to access. Ukrainian Village has Division St. as its northern boundary, Grand Ave. to the south, Damen Ave. to the east and to the west it is bounded by Western Ave. Noble Square is an even smaller "pocket neighborhood" located between Division St. and Grand Ave. and bounded by 90/94 and Ashland Ave. on the east and west.
Landmarks & Scenes:
Post WWII, Eastern European refugees opposing the Stalinist regime flocked to the area, breathing new life and energy into the already established but stagnant Ukrainian Village. The area is full of historic 'worker cottages' and traditional Ukrainian Orthodox churches. An historical landmark, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, built in 1903 and designed by Louis Sullivan, it remains an orthodox church today with an active congregation. Visit this beautiful church for a dose of the culture that the neighborhood holds so dear.
Ukrainian Village provides one of the most interesting and eclectic areas for food and drink. Delectable family owned delis intermix with new, chic restaurants. Whether it be a steaming cup of kava and a bite of delicious baklava, or plain old coffee and a scone, there is something for everyone.
Retail options are increasing in droves, and what is already a great mix of shopping is only getting better. Farmers markets are plentiful in the summertime, and along with smaller independent grocery stores and boutiques, or chains like Mariano's are close by as well.
Ukrainian Village is surrounded by neighborhoods saturated with entertainment options. They certainly have enough to offer on their own though, with abundant galleries to check out, beer gardens a plenty, numerous music and theater venues as well as charming BYOB restaurants at every turn.
Sports & Outdoors:
Still somewhat under the radar, Ukie Village is clean and uncluttered. With Eckhart Park, Honore Park and nearby Wicker Park to take advantage of, there is no shortage of green space. The Bloomingdale Trail is also underway and will soon provide yet another reason to head outside.
Arts & Culture:
Culture? In Ukrainian Village? Indeed. Proud of its humble beginnings and entrepreneurial spirit, there are oodles of galleries and museums displaying some of the best artwork and photography the city has to offer.
Ukrainian Village offers residents options from small single-family homes to historic mid-rise apartment buildings and a strong sense of community. Family often comes first in Ukrainian Village so safety and fun, and food are top priorities for residents.