Ukrainian Village

Ukrainian Village

Chicago, Illinois Homes for Sale

About Ukrainian Village

Ukrainian Village is a historic community with a lot of charm, home to both the grit of urban life and the glamour of Michelin-rated establishments. The neighborhood is known for the restaurants, bars, and shops along its bustling sections of Chicago Avenue and Division Street, but when you venture farther into the neighborhood, you'll see single-family homes, brand new developments, and businesses that have been in the area for decades.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $199,900 to $949,000

Closed Prices: $140,000 to $1,950,000

Median Sale Price: $520,000

Average $ per sq ft: $300

Association Fee Ranges: $0 to $215, $75 to $532/mo

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1884 to 2021

Sq. Ft.: 720 to 6000 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 1 to 6 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 6 Bathrooms

Around Ukrainian Village

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.

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.

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.

Ukrainian Village is a mixture of longtime residents and newcomers. While Chicago’s Ukrainian community is scattered throughout the city, most of its cultural institutions are still located in the neighborhood, so hearing people speak Ukrainian or Polish is fairly common. Ukrainian Village's reputation as an alternative to the pricier surrounding neighborhoods also brings in a wide variety of homebuyers. Small businesses and independently owned shops still thrive in this neighborhood.

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.

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.

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

Locals Don't Love

  • Lacking in green space
  • Parking is very difficult

Neighborhood Reviews

1 Review

What a lovely neighborhood!

Ashley W
While it sticks to its roots with small businesses that have been there forever, hip new restaurants and coffee shops and boutiques are popping up on Chicago Ave as well. Going to Atomix for a coffee, having a bloody mary at Twisted Spoke, or treating myself to Black Dog Gelato are some of my favorite things to do in the area. You can skip the hustle and bustle of Wicker Park but have access to it with a brisk walk! The only downside that I can think of is not having a train nearby. However, the Chicago, Grand, and Damen buses get me where I need to go. I love this neighborhood!
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