Ukrainian Village

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  • Vibe - A Real Community / Fixies, Craft Beer and Mustaches
  • Nightlife - Great
  • Dining - Great
  • Convenience - Okay

Pros:

  • Expansive dining and nightlife options
  • Quickly gentrifying neighborhood
  • Numerous music venues

Cons:

  • Distance from The Loop
  • Access to public transportation
  • A car is a necessity

Ukrainian Village is a mixture of old and new as the cozy neighborhood gives way to new construction and gentrification. Families and hipsters alike call the various music venues, art studios and Orthodox Christian churches home. On weekdays, mothers can be seen dropping their kids off at school while the morning commuters ride their fixie bikes towards downtown. Weeknights can be spent window shopping at boutiques like Sir and Madame or exploring the neighborhood’s history at the Ukrainian National Museum. After the kids have been put to bed, bars and venues like Happy Village and Empty Bottle are full of good times and alternative music. When mass ends on the weekends, the ample outdoor dining areas along Division are filled with people enjoying brunch or trying to quell their hangover.

Unlike many Chicago neighborhoods, Ukrainian Village is conducive to raising or starting a family with its tree-lined streets and Victorian houses.

While SUV’s drop children off at school, people pursuing alternative lifestyles can be seen peddling their custom bikes towards downtown.

Division and Damen Street are lined with vintage and contemporary boutiques that shoppers flock to.

After you shop until you drop, recharge at a number of quick lunch spots along Damen St like Gonnella.

While the Ukrainian demographic is being crowded out by gentrification, the Ukrainian National Museum is a reminder of the neighborhood’s past.

For those who love drinking and ping pong equally, Happy Village on Wolcott St has a vibrant back patio that makes for a great socializing scene.

Fans of alternative rock music can grab a drink and bang their heads next to the stage at Empty Bottle on North Western Ave.

As a testament to the Ukrainian roots of the neighborhood, a number of Orthodox Christian churches stand out against the new construction and are crowded on Sunday mornings.

Homestead is a popular weekend dining destination with its farm-to-fork menu and rooftop dining that always fosters good times.

Weekend strolls through Ukrainian Village along the tree-lined streets, gives off the sense of a true neighborhood community.

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