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In over a hundred year period, four waves of Ukrainian immigrants came to settle in the Ukrainian Village, which lies 3 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Today, the neighborhood is a pleasant mix of hipster cool and old world charm. There are several restaurants in the neighborhood that are known for serving up hearty, traditional Ukrainian fare. Favorites include Old Lviv, Shokolad, and Tryzub. Menus all feature Ukrainian pierogies (varenyky), stuffed cabbage, crepes, and borscht soup. After enjoying some tasty Ukrainian cuisine, considering diving deeper into Ukrainian culture by visiting the Ukrainian Museum and the Ukranian Cultural Center. In the historic district, there are several beautifully crafted churches, each with its own distinct architecture. The Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral is a highlight. It was modeled after the multi-domed 11th-century cathedral of Saint Sophia in Kiev, Ukraine.