Another cultural hub of West Town is Ukrainian Village. This tight-knit non-pretentious community is home to many older residents of Eastern European descent. Homes and yards are tidily kept and many addresses are actually displayed in stained glass, more so than in any other Chicago neighborhood.
If you’re looking for a great way to spend a Friday evening, stop by A Vision Chicago at 910 Damen Ave., for the free wine tasting from 5-7pm and bring home some of their gorgeous flowers and wine. If, like me, you crave great desserts, Hoosier Mama Pie Company is the place to go. From peanut butter pie to key lime and chocolate silk to strawberry rhubarb, Hoosier Mama, located near the corner of W. Chicago and N. Ashland, knows how to serve up sweets.
Lovers of Eastern art and history, will find that Ukrainian Village also houses the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, the Ukrainian National Museum and the Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Parish, with its massive dome and mosaics. The nearby Polish Museum of America features the collections of composer and pianist Ignace Paderewski, who was a generous supporter of the museum.
Great people, great food, and great artistry are what set Ukrainian Village apart.