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Despite the misleading name, the first ethnic group to settle in Ukrainian Village was actually German in the mid-19th century. Eventually, Ukrainians began to immigrate into the area as well, but not before there were a plethora of Eastern European countries represented in the neighborhood.
The village is chock-full of strange shops, alluring restaurants, and beautiful homes. The Bite Cafe and the Empty Bottle at 1039 N. Western Ave are a pair of neighbors that serve mouthwatering food and host some of the best alternative rock shows in the city. However, by far the best part about Ukrainian Village are the churches and the bars.
Built in a Byzantine-Slavonic style, the churches in Ukrainian Village are round domed and tall steepled. Most of them house fabulous Orthodox Catholic mosaics that can send a shiver down your spine. Perhaps the two most famous churches in the village are Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Parish at 2245 W Superior St and St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral at 835 N Oakley Blvd.
Mosey down the street from God's house and you might end up somewhere utterly different. As frequently as you can see the steeples of churches in the distance of Ukrainian Village, you can also see the classic Chicago Old Style signs at the turn of every block. Phyllis' Musical Inn at 1800 W Division St and Stella's Tap at 935 N Western Ave are just two of the many. Exploring a single block in Ukrainian Village will result in the discovery of a plethora of exciting and wild dive bars in which to wet your beak.