Located on the west side of Chicago the architecturally diverse Ukrainian Village neighborhood features mission-style single-family homes. two- and three-flat apartment buildings that are both vintage and new construction, and larger four or five story apartment buildings are all renter-ready. Ukrainian Village is fair condensed with all these dwellings sitting tightly together, which gives the neighborhood a cozy and charming vibe.
Ukrainians originally settled here and their culture is still very much alive. There are three Ukrainian churches in the neighborhood, including architect Louis Sullivan's Holy Trinity Cathedral, built in 1903. Old-timers still speak the mother tongue. In the past decade, second-generation Ukrainians, many of whom grew up in this tight-knit community, have begun to return home with their own families, along with a growing number of non-Ukrainian professionals. The neighborhood is ethnically diverse, with many younger professionals choosing to be based from this convenient location.
Within the wide selection of restaurants (Chinese, Mexican, sushi, and more) are traditional restaurants like Old Lviv and Kasia's Deli. Recently Ukrainian Village has seen a big uptick in coffee shops, smaller cafes and retail options that span boutique clothing stores to wine shops and record shops.
Commuters should know that the closest two el stops are each at least a half a mile from the outer reach of Ukrainian Village, so bundle up in winter. As for the buses, they run up and down Damen and Western and along both Division and Chicago with great regularity, making for a simple commute either by bus or by bus and train.