Charm Beyond the Churches

Ukrainian Village: Old Meets New/Charm Beyond the Churches
Tamar Honig
Written By Tamar Honig

"When people come to Chicago, they think of downtown or they think of the shootings. They don't think of these little neighborhoods, but that's what makes the fabric of the city." -Ukrainian Village resident Anthony Markese, age 21; May 21, 2016

Ukrainian Village is filled with vintage brick condo and apartment buildings alongside plenty of old cottage or bungalow style homes. The architecture of these brick buildings with two or three residences, one on top of the other, takes advantage of Chicago's long, narrow lots.

Tree-lined residential streets, sturdy brick buildings, and neat sidewalks maintain the vibe of a peaceful borough with a European flair in the midst of a surrounding area bustling with businesses and nightlife.

The Ukrainian National Museum, founded in 1952, houses a variety of Ukrainian artifacts, artwork, musical instruments, and embroidered folk costumes among its growing collections.

Signs such as this one spotted on the door of a residential building reading "United We Stand For Ukraine" stand as testament to the neighborhood's efforts to preserve ties to its ethnic past, even as it undergoes substantial demographic changes.

Ukrainian Village: Old Meets New

Charm Beyond the Churches

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