Where To Eat
Restaurants in Ukrainian Village range from Irish pub fare to upscale Italian to modest carry-out. Chicago Avenue hosts mostly casual restaurants for locals — especially around Damen Avenue. These restaurants are perfect for a quick lunch or a last-minute dinner when you don't feel like cooking. Along Division Street, the options includes Belgian waffle brunch spots, late-night taco stands, and traditional Argentine cuisine, pleasing casual diners and more adventurous foodies alike.
Friday Night Fun
Fans of punk, indie, hip hop, and alternative music will find a lot to love on The Empty Bottle’s schedule. Since opening in 1992, the bar has established a reputation for bringing in up-and-coming acts. If pubs and sports bars are more your thing, head east down Division Street. Smaller bars and dives can also be found east of Damen on the side streets. Some of Ukrainian Village's classic pubs still stand strong, including Inner Town Pub, which has continuously operated as a bar for over 100 years.
The Perfect Sunday
Grab some friends and head down Chicago Avenue for a croissant sandwich at the popular brunch spot WHISK. If you’re in the mood for shopping, peruse the many specialty shops scattered along Division Street. Basketball courts and a playground can be found at Commercial Club Park, while those who appreciate architecture can take a stroll down Hoyne Avenue or Thomas Street to see the Chicago landmarks in this historic district. Other leisurely Sunday options include visits to the Ukrainian National Museum, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, or thrift shopping along the eastern part of Chicago Avenue.
Ukrainian Village does not have an 'L' station within its borders (for that you'd have to venture to Wicker Park), but the Chicago Avenue and Division Avenue buses provide direct access to River North (and therefore the Loop) and west through Humboldt Park and beyond. For going north or south, Damen Avenue and Western Avenue provide access south to West Town, the United Center, and all the way to University Village. Heading north, residents can easily reach the nightlife options concentrated in Wicker Park, the residential enclave of Roscoe Village, or the German-influenced North Center.