Jun 13

Questions for the Developers of St. John’s Church on Hoyne

(image courtesy of Our Urban Times)


We had a presentation from Mokin Development, who purchased St John’s Church (913-925 N. Hoyne St) on Thursday night (6/20) at the UVNA monthly members meeting.  They presented some proposed drawings and elevations as to how they would like to convert the church and school buildings in to 19 condo units.  We will get the full meeting notes up on the site shortly.  In the meantime you can also get more information here:

In the next week (6/20 – 6/27) we are collecting further questions that our neighbors have for the developers, so that we can share them with the Alderman.  Please submit your questions in the form below.

Aug 12

Nice Write-up of our June Church Walk by a Local Carpatho-Rusyn Society Group

Interior of Saints Volodymyr & Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church (photo via Lake MIchigan Rusyns)

A group from the Lake Michigan Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society stopped by Ukrainian Village in June for our Church Walk and recently published a post on their blog about the tour with some photos of the church interiors as well as some historical background.

On warm, sunny Saturday, June 16, the Lake Michigan Chapter participated in a walking tour of five churches in the Ukrainian Village section of Chicago.  Located in a patchwork of neighborhoods known as West Town, Ukrainian Village is a small but vibrant ethnic section that still honors its roots while welcoming newcomers.  Built in the late-1800s and early-1900s, many of the brick houses and two-flats along the tree-lined streets have been designated historic landmarks. Named for the Eastern European immigrants who bought homes there in the 1920s, the village still reflects a strong Ukrainian presence despite the influx of new businesses, urban professionals, artists and families.

We’re glad to hear about such great reviews of our first ever church walk and we hope to host another one next year.

May 12

First Annual Architectural Walk of Historic Neighborhood Churches!

On Saturday, June 16, 2012, the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association (UVNA) will host  a tour of five majestic Eastern European spiritual and architectural temples of worship without ever having to leave the city boundaries.  The UVNA offers for your viewing and educational delight five architectural gems:  three cathedrals and two officially land-marked structures.

Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral

Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral

Saint Volodymyr the Great Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral

Saint Helen Catholic Church

Saints Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church

  For more information, see the attached press release,  or contact info@uvna.org.


Jul 11

Reminder: Please Notify the UVNA Regarding Potential Landmark Violations

Most of Ukrainian Village falls within the historically landmarked Ukrainian Village District.   As such, any work that involves structural or material changes to the exterior portions of buildings within the district must have a permit and approval from the Chicago Landmarks Commission.  This includes new roofs, windows, doors, entryways, etc.  You can download an excerpt of the city code as it pertains to landmark buildings here.  Chicago Landmarks Ordinance

If you see what appears to be unauthorized work going on in our neighborhood please immediately notify the UVNA by sending an email to us at president@uvna.org.   We will bring it to the attention of the correct individuals at the Building Inspector’s office and the Landmarks Commission ASAP.

Apr 11

Historic Neighborhoods are Healthy Neighborhoods

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Walkable neighborhoods, walkable schools are healthier environments for everyone.   Many, if not most historic districts or neighborhoods with their “lovely tree-lined streets, interconnected blocks, and great architectural details on multi-storied buildings” are ” walkable places where you can get your recommended daily dose of exercise while simply going about your everyday business”. The “intimacy and beauty” of historic areas is often because they are scaled for human interaction.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation created Active Living Research – a national program that prevent childhood obesity by supporting research on the policy and environments that contribute to active living for children and their families.   And, the National Trust for Historic Preservation received a grant from Active Living Research to help study and promote walkable schools and neighborhoods.  You can read more about this work here on the National Trust for Historic Preservation website.