Ukrainian Village is a charming historic neighborhood that combines the grit of city life with the glitz of Michelin-starred restaurants. The neighborhood is known for its restaurants, bars, and shops along Chicago Avenue and Division Street, but as you travel further into the neighborhood, you'll see single-family homes, brand new developments, and businesses that have been in the area for decades.
The Loop by train, by car
Merchandise Mart by train, by car
Union Station by train, by car
Millennium Park by train, by car
East to West - Damen Avenue to Western Avenue
North to South - Division Street to Grand Avenue
Nearby Neighborhoods - Wicker Park, West Town
$140,000 to $1,950,000
Median Sale Price:
Average $ per sq ft:
Association Fee Ranges:
$0 to $215, $75 to $532/mo
720 to 6000 Sq. Ft.
Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home
$199,900 to $949,000
1 to 6 Bedrooms
1 to 6 Bathrooms
1884 to 2021
While Chicago's Ukrainian community is dispersed throughout the city, the majority of its cultural institutions remain in the neighborhood, so hearing Ukrainian or Polish is fairly common. Ukrainian Village's reputation as an affordable alternative to the more expensive surrounding neighborhoods attracts a diverse range of homebuyers. This neighborhood is still thriving with small businesses and independently owned shops.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A mixture of longtime residents and newcomers.
An epicenter of Ukrainian cultural life in Chicago.
A hub for three major Ukrainian churches, Ukrainian-owned banks, the Ukrainian National Museum, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, and a Ukrainian Cultural Center. It has become a popular tourist destination, with Eastern European-influenced restaurants, bars, bakeries, and ice cream parlors. Local landmarks include St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, and St. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church.
A community where tradition and innovation seamlessly coexist.
There are distinct areas for various lifestyles. Along the main avenues are multi-family units and some freestanding homes that are more expensive than other options in the neighborhood. Because these streets are near main highways, expect to hear more noise and see more traffic right outside your door. Further into the neighborhood, along its network of side streets, the style shifts more toward frame two-flats, ranch homes, and workers' cottages — the historic housing style of Chicago's working class. These houses are typically smaller in size because they were designed to be functional residences for smaller families. These areas are quieter, with tree-lined streets and narrow roads.
A variety of leisurely options.
Take a group of friends down Chicago Avenue for a croissant sandwich at the popular brunch spot WHISK. If you want to go shopping, check out the many specialty shops that line Division Street. Commercial Club Park has basketball courts and a playground, and those interested in architecture can stroll down Hoyne Avenue or Thomas Street to see the Chicago landmarks in this historic district. Other leisurely Sunday activities include visiting the Ukrainian National Museum, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, or thrift shopping on Chicago Avenue's eastern end.
Pricier but not quite prohibitive homes.
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.
YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
A wide range of mostly casual restaurants for locals.
Ukrainian Village's restaurants range from Irish pub fare to upscale Italian to simple carry-out. Chicago Avenue has mostly casual restaurants for locals, especially around Damen Avenue. These restaurants are ideal for a quick lunch or a last-minute dinner when you don't feel like cooking. Along Division Street, there are Belgian waffle brunch spots, late-night taco stands, and traditional Argentine cuisine. Satisfying both casual diners and more adventurous foodies.
Ukrainian Village does not have a 'L' station (you must go to Wicker Park for that), but the Chicago Avenue and Division Avenue buses provide direct access to River North (and thus the Loop) and west through Humboldt Park and beyond. Damen Avenue and Western Avenue provide access north and south to West Town, the United Center, and all the way to University Village. Residents can easily access the nightlife options concentrated in Wicker Park, the residential enclave of Roscoe Village, or the German-influenced North Center by heading north.
Ukrainian Village Fest
The festival, which began in 2002, features performances by Ukrainian dance groups and musicians, as well as food and beer from local vendors. Proceeds will go to Help Heroes of Ukraine, a local non-profit that provides aid and supplies to Ukrainian soldiers and citizens in Ukraine.