Ukrainian Village: A History

With both old-world charm and modern flair, historic homes and new construction, Ukrainian Village has become one of Chicago’s hottest neighborhoods. In recent years, Ukrainian Village has gotten hipper with top restaurants, creative shops, and even cultural hotspots opening in the area. A unique mix of tradition and innovation, residents love their neighborhood’s laid-back feel and European tilt. Only 3 miles northwest of the Loop, Ukrainian Village is accessible by the Kennedy Expressway, many bus lines, and the nearby CTA Blue Line.
Settled in the early 1830s, Ukrainian Village was developed as a farming community by Polish and Slovak immigrants. In the aftermath of the Chicago Fire of 1871, the area experienced its first building boom as many relocated outside the fire’s devastation. Unlike Wicker Park to the north, the area was primarily working-class in its early years, with many craftsmen and factory workers living in the area. Drawn to the neighborhood by familiar Polish speakers, thousands of Ukrainian immigrants arrived in the area in the late 1800s. Just before the turn of the century, they had become the most populous group in the neighborhood.
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