Recently named the “hottest neighborhood in America” by Redfin’s Annual List of Hottest Neighborhoods, one could say Ukrainian Village is on fire. Overall tranquility, and proximity to the city’s business and entertainment centers makes Ukrainian Village an ideal place for family living while providing all the perks of an urban lifestyle. Ukrainian Village is bordered by Division and Chicago to the north and south, and Western and Damen to the west and east.
This West Town neighborhood was named after the Ukrainian immigrants who came to the area in the early 1900s. Historically a working class neighborhood, many of the early residents were employed to build the mansions of their wealthy neighbors in Wicker Park. However the architecture of Ukrainian Village is no less impressive. Ukrainian heritage is evident in the neighborhood’s landmark churches, particularly the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, St. Nicholas Cathedral, and the Ss. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Ukrainian Village may be a little quieter than Wicker Park but it still has a lot of very cool spots to check out. Here are a few favorites:
The pride of Ukrainian Village is its landmarked 19th century red brick row houses and workers’ cottages. Splendid and wonderfully preserved brick detached homes and flats line the leafy streets of Ukrainian Village and give the neighborhood its historic charm.
Because of the landmark status of many houses in Ukrainian Village, developers have gutted the interiors of some larger homes and turned them into condos, while preserving the exterior.
There’s also a number of newly constructed single-family homes, townhouses and condos in the neighborhood. Built mostly with brick and stone exteriors to conform with the neighborhood’s historic vibe, they feature modern amenities such as open floor plans, high ceilings, vented fireplaces, sliding doors and energy-efficient installations.
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