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,

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,

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

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,

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,

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,

Inside Sprout Home
Sprout Home

[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,

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

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

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,

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,

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

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

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


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.



11 months ago
Posted by Orest Hrynewych

In your September issue you cover a lot of ground but unfortunately neglected to include a single Ukrainian church, there are three in greater Ukrainian village, nor the real cultural gem that is currently holding a blockbuster the "Bauhaus Chicago Legacy" exhibit, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art at 2320 W. Chicago Ave. Perhaps in a future issue your excellent magazine will include this information. Please check us out. We will be delighted to talk to you and provide additional information.

Orest Hrynewych
Managing Director
Ukrauinian Institute of Modern Art

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