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Ukrainian Village
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Ukrainian Village Overview

Ukraninian Village is a part of West Town.

Ukrainian Village is a unique west side neighborhood full of historical houses, mom-and-pop businesses, Chicago families and a smattering of hipsters. It's the type of place you find neighbors interacting with each other on a daily basis; visiting the local coffee shops, sitting in their backyards and strolling down the tree-lined streets. Ukrainian Village is anchored by three ornate, European-style churches that were the foundation of this Chicago community. These days, the churches are still an active part of life, but the neighborhood draw is spread out over a much broader scope. In fact, the Ukrainian Village is home to quite a few trendy Chicago hangouts. Ultra-cool dance clubs are always a hit and live bands come from all over the country (and world) to perform at Ukrainian Village's popular bar stages like the Empty Bottle and Dark Room. Once a year, residents prepare for a customary celebration of their heritage with the Ukrainian Village Fest, which is centered around the neighborhood's prized churches. Tons of Chicagoans join local neighbors for an all-out party of traditional foods, a spirited beer garden, live music and fun-filled games.      

Ukrainian Village History

The name Ukrainian Village kind of says it all. The area was first established by Germans, who settled in this northwest neighborhood after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Not long after, a wave of Ukrainian and Russian immigrants followed, and by the early 1900s, the majority of Chicago’s 30,000 Ukrainian immigrants resided here.

Unlike neighboring Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village was primarily working class. In fact, many Ukrainian Village residents spent their days building and repairing the mansions in Wicker Park neighborhood. The installation of the elevated train line down Paulina Street (torn down in 1964) also spurred growth, but the main draw for many of the neighborhood pioneers was the presence of Holy Trinity Cathedral, built in 1903. The cathedral still remains today, and is one of the focal points of this charming Chicago neighborhood.

Over time, the Orthodox and Catholic churches and their congregations have proved important to the Ukrainian Village’s everyday life—preserving the quaint community feel, sustaining a primarily Eastern European population, and maintaining a safe, middle-class environment, even as the areas around the neighborhood deteriorated and changed. Aside from Holy Trinity Cathedral, Ukrainian Village is home to the large golden-domed Sts Volodymyr and Olha Church, as well as the towering baroque-style St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral.

Today, the neighborhood boasts far fewer Ukrainian residents than previous decades, as many families migrated north to other developing areas. A poll in 1990 revealed that only 2,500 residents could claim Ukrainian heritage. But many still remain, and it’s not uncommon to hear Polish and Ukrainian spoken in shops and on the streets.

The neighborhood has become more diverse over the years, composed of families, working singles and young couples from all backgrounds, including Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and African-Americans, as well as white non-Ukrainians. The community is tight-knit, and has yet to be taken over by large chain restaurants and businesses, instead providing many independent shops owned by Ukrainian Village residents.


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Schools In The Ukrainian Village Area

See grade levels, address, and scores for schools in the Ukrainian Village area.

School Type Grade Rating

Stowe Elementary School

3444 West Wabansia Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

De Diego Elementary Community Academy

1313 North Claremont Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Cather Elementary School

2908 West Washington Blvd - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Chase Elementary School

2021 North Point St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
5

Columbus Elementary School

1003 North Leavitt St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Dett Elementary School

2131 West Monroe St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
1

Calhoun North Elementary School

2833 West Adams St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Josephinum Academy

1501 North Oakley Boulevard - private

High 9-12
NR

Rush Day School

2150 West Harrison Street - private

Elementary - Middle 2-8
NR

Maternity BVM Elementary School

1537 N. Lawndale Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

West Town Academy

2021 West Fulton Street - private

High 9-12
NR

St Josaphat School

2245 North Southport Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Rauner College Prep

1337 W. Ohio St. - charter

High 9-12
9

Terry Town Nursery School & Kinder

817 N Hamlin Ave - private

Elementary K
NR

Suder Montessori Elementary Magnet School

2022 West Washington Blvd - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-8
3

Lasalle II Lang Acad Elementary School

1148 N Honore St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
8

Philadelphia School Of Arts

3335 West Washington Boulevard - private

Preschool - Elementary PK-4
NR

YCCS Virtual High School

Malcolm X College Room 2416, 1900 W. Van Buren - charter

High 9-12
NR

Esperanza School - Intensive

520 North Marshfield Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Ucan

3110 West Grand Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

School data provided by GreatSchools.School service boundaries are intended to be used as reference only. To verify enrollment eligibility for a property, contact the school directly. GreatSchools Ratings provided by GreatSchools.org.

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