Ukrainian Village is a Chicago neighborhood located on the west side of the Chicago downtown. Its boundaries are Division Street to the north, Grand Avenue to the south, Western Avenue to the west, and Damen Avenue to the east. It is one of the neighborhoods in the West Town community area.
In past decades, Ukrainian Village has been a safe middle-class neighborhood, populated by older citizens of Eastern European ethnicity, and bordered on many sides by more dangerous areas. It was insulated somewhat from surrounding socioeconomic change by large industrial areas on its south and west borders, and by the staying power of the Orthodox churches. Although the gentrification of West Town is rapidly changing the demographic, Ukrainian Village continues to be home to approximately 10,000 ethnic Ukrainians. Ukrainian institutions in the neighborhood include the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, the Ukrainian National Museum, and the Ukrainian Cultural Center.
Other notable local landmarks include Ss. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church, St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Roberto Clemente High School, St Mary’s Hospital, and Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral, the latter having been commissioned by St. John Kochurov and designed by famed architect Louis Sullivan.
“East Village”, the area east of Ukrainian Village extending from Damen to Ashland, was originally known as “East Ukrainian Village”.
Many scenes from the popular 1990’s Russian movie Brother 2 took place in and were filmed in Ukrainian village.
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