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The Insider’s Guide to Ukrainian Village: 15 Great Things to Do

This trendy West Side neighborhood is having a moment. Here’s where to eat, shop, and play.

Empty Bottle, Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, Homestead, Komoda, Shokolad Pastry & Cafe, and Sir & Madame

Photography: Travis Roozée
 

(Clockwise from top left) Empty Bottle, Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, Homestead, Komoda, Shokolad Pastry & Cafe, and Sir & Madame

Bite Cafe
[1] Few spots in Chicago do the upscale-diner thing better. Order the pan-roasted ruby red trout. 1039 N. Western Ave., 773-395-2483, bitecafechicago.com

Black Dog Gelato
[2] Scoop up bizarre but delicious flavors—sesame fig chocolate chip, maple gingersnap—at this gelato haven. 859 N. Damen Ave., 773-235-3116, blackdogchicago.com

Small Ukrainian Village map
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Cattails
[3] Score hard-to-find blooms such as cockscomb and safflower at this European-style flower shop. 1935 W. Division St., 773-486-1621, cattailsflowers.com

Empty Bottle
[4] Bite Cafe’s hole-in-the-wall neighbor hosts some of the best alt music in the city. 1035 N. Western Ave., 773-276-3600, emptybottle.com

Happy Village
[5] This dive bar lives up to its name: You’ll enjoy $2 to $3 daily beer specials while you bat around a Ping-Pong ball. 1059 N. Wolcott Ave., 773-486-1512, happyvillagebar.com

Historic Houses
[6] The 1880s workers’ cottages lining Hoyne and Thomas Streets (see map) mark the center of the Ukrainian Village Chicago Landmark District.

Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral
[7] Tour one of the few Louis Sullivan–designed churches in America. 1121 N. Leavitt St., 773-486-6064, holytrinitycathedral.net

Inside Sprout Home
Sprout Home

Homestead
[8] The 1,000-square-foot rooftop garden of this farm-to-table eatery is a perfect spot to soak up the last days of summer. 1924 W. Chicago Ave., 773-904-1145, homesteadontheroof.com

Komoda
[9] Prowl this hipster gift store for jewelry, candles, stationery, and more. 2559 W. Chicago Ave., 773-276-8229, shopkomoda.com

Shokolad Pastry & Cafe
[10] This is the place for traditional Ukrainian food and desserts. 2524 W. Chicago Ave., 773-276-6402, shokoladpastryandcafe.com

Sir & Madame
[11] Brian and Autumn Merritt fill their boutique with men’s and women’s apparel from urban-dandyish lines (Levi’s Vintage, Brooklyn Circus). 938 N. Damen Ave., 773-489-6660, sirandmadame.com

Small Bar
[12] Don’t miss the “scratch food”—delectable bites from chef Justin White—or the patio at this craft beer joint. 2049 W. Division St., 773-772-2727, thesmallbar.com

Sprout Home
[13] Create custom terrariums and more in this way-cool garden shop. 745 N. Damen Ave., 312-226-5950, sprouthome.com

Star Lounge Coffee Bar
[14] Ever dream of iced coffee on tap? Your dream has come true. 2521 W. Chicago Ave., 773-384-7827, starloungecoffee.com

Ukrainian National Museum
[15] No Chicagoan should miss this fascinating cultural gem. 2249 W. Superior St., 312-421-8020, ukrainiannationalmuseum.org
 

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Eat, drink, and dance at the Ukrainian Village Fest on September 7 at Superior Street and Oakley Boulevard. . . . Find vintage vinyl at Beat Swap Meet, a record swap at the Empty Bottle on September 22. . . . View paintings by the Portuguese artists Valeriy and Marita Vaskov at the Ukrainian National Museum all month.
 

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