Ukrainian Village

Chicago, Illinois


As its name would suggest, Ukrainian Village wears its European influence on its sleeve--simultaneously embracing the charm of the Old World and the urban intensity of Chicago. For being a small neighborhood area wise, it certainly packs a big punch: Ukrainian Village has an abundance of local shops, restaurants, and bars to keep residents busy any day of the week, especially along Division Street, Western Avenue, and Chicago Avenue. But, generally speaking, locals seek out Ukrainian Village for its quiet streets and neighborhood-centric culture that are just a few minutes away from Downtown.

Homes in Ukrainian Village

Where To Live

Ukrainian Village is a community where tradition and innovation seamlessly coexist, yet there are distinctive areas for certain lifestyles. Along the main avenues (Chicago, Damen, Ashland, Division, and Western) are multi-family units and some freestanding homes that are costlier than other options in the neighborhood. As these streets are along the main roads, expect to hear more noise and have more traffic immediately outside your door. Farther into the neighborhood, along its network of side streets, the style shifts more towards frame two-flats, ranch homes, and workers cottages — the historic housing style of Chicago's working class. These homes tend to be more modestly sized, as they were constructed to be functional residences for smaller families. These areas are quieter, with tree-lined streets and narrow roads.

Price Vibes

Ukrainian Village's price point is what you'd expect for a neighborhood in this area: pricey, yes, but not quite prohibitive, even if the price-per-square-foot isn't exactly what bargains are made of. Although considering that you're surrounded by East Village, Wicker Park, and West Town, Ukrainian Village is as far west as you can go before you're in budget-friendlier waters. Humboldt Park, which begins on the opposite side of Western Avenue, is largely known as a neighborhood with a lower point-of-entry while being just marginally less convenient than its easterly counterparts.

Around Ukrainian Village

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.

Transportation Options

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.

Living Here

Locals Love

Businesses a mix of new and traditional • Historically significant area • Next door to some of Chicago’s most exciting neighborhoods • Tranquil and picturesque neighborhood

Residents Say

We bought our first home in Ukrainian Village because we were able to stretch our budget a little further there than in some nearby areas without moving too far from all of the restaurants and entertainment we love. I can easily commute to my job in River North and the family-friendly community will be a great environment to raise our first kid!
- Ukrainian Village Resident

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