Aug 11

Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Med Ctr Has 16 U.S. News Top Doctors

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29 physicians at Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center have been included on the inaugural list of U.S. News Top Doctors. These doctors span 16 specialty areas and were selected based on a peer nomination process. The U.S. News Top Doctors list was developed in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America’s Top Doctors®  as well as other guides, and was built upon data from Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors™.  The top doctors selections are based on  nominations submitted by other doctors and then reviewed by a physician-led research team. You can see a full list of the physicians on the list who are affiliated with Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center here, and can read a full-description of their peer nomination process in this article.


Aug 11

Alert: Attempted Residential Break-in Yesterday Afternoon

Yesterday one of our neighbors who lives near Damen & Iowa reported an attempted break-in at the building in the middle of the afternoon.

It looked kinda like a truck the scrappers who pick up metal and appliances drive. This truck was parked in front of our building as he was ringing the doorbell and was no longer there after he ran away. The man was a tall, skinny black dude in his late 30’s. He was wearing a White Sox hat, a tan work shirt, and dark work pants.

You can read all the details here on their post on the Ukrainian Village neighborhood page on everyblock.com.

You may recall there were some break-ins in that area about a month ago, and we’ve heard of a number of garages and residences being broken into this summer along Walton, Augusta, Iowa, Leavitt and Rice.   Last week District 13 police issued a crime alert relating to the recent burglaries and the description is similar to the one mentioned yesterday.

District 13 Crime Alert Ukrainian Village – August 9th 2011

If you see anything suspicious please be sure to call 911 to report it,  and don’t forget to attend the CAPS meeting for our area as well.  Ukrainian Village is part of the 13th Chicago Police Distrcit and falls within beat 1312. Beat 1312 meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at St. Helen’s School.   Check out the calendar for the district for other area CAPS meetings.

If you want to follow recent crime statistics for our neighborhood, you can check the crime information page on our website or visit everyblock.com and look for crime statistics for a particular neighborhood or zip code.  They also allow you to subscribe to daily email updates of newly reported crimes in a certain area.

Jul 11

Kovalenko & Monastyretsky Exhibit at The Ukrainian National Museum

Oleksa Kovalenko

Painting by Oleksa Kovalenko

“The Artwork of Oleksa Kovalenko & Walter Monastyretsky” opens on Friday, July 29th at 7:00 pm at the Ukrainian National Museum.  Both painters are celebrated artists within the Chicagoland and the international art community.

Oleksa Kovalenko

The ethereal paintings by Oleksa Kovalenko transport you back in time to explore the rich history of Ukraine.  Kovalenko draws his inspiration from the wellspring of Ukrainian customs and traditions. The artist as philosopher seeks to show Ukrainian culture through the lens of heritage and folklore. His oil paintings are beautiful and mysterious, and will transfer you to his native country of Ukraine.

Born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1946, Kovalenko completed his artistic studies at the esteemed Kyiv State Academy of Sciences 1982. Oleksa Kovalenko has exhibited widely in both Ukraine and the United States and has works in private collections around the world, including Japan, Germany, Canada, Great Britain, Spain and Brazil.


Walter Monastyretsky

A classically trained professional artist, Walter Monastyretsky’s specialty is oil on canvas. Landscape, nature and classic still life are among the artist’s favorites with the classic portrait as his forte. Monastyretsky was born, raised and educated in Ukraine where he became a licensed Pharmacist.  His love of art guided him to Kyiv where he attended the Kyiv Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture. Earning a Bachelor’s Degree, and then a Masters of Fine Arts, he had to fulfill his dream of becoming an artist.

Painting by Walter Monastyretsky

Painting by Walter Monastyretsky


Before immigrating to the United States in 1998  Monastyretsky  became well known throughout Eastern Europe exhibiting his works since 1981. Since moving to the United States, his works have become part of many prestigious private collections in over twenty countries and eleven museums. His landscape entitled “Lincoln Park” was presented to Mayor Richard Daley in August 2009.   Monastyretsky has also participated in the exhibits of the Plein Air painters of Chicago.

Enjoy the colorful palette on display at the Ukrainian National Museum through August 21, 2011.

This event is sponsored by MB Financial

Location: 2249 West Superior Street in Chicago.

Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm,

Admission: Adults $5.00, Children under 12 – Free.



Jun 11

Ukrainian Village resident arrested and faces felony charges for tagging

Chicago Tribune posted a story yesterday about a Ukrainian Village resident (Ryan R. Sahlin 29, of the 2000 block of West Iowa) who now faces felony charges after police arrested him in connection with an early-morning tagging spree in  the neighborhood this week. You can read the full article here.

Alderman Waguespack added these comments in today’s 32nd Ward email update regarding graffiti in the ward:

Unfortunately, with warm weather, my office sees an increase of graffiti. If you see graffiti, please let us know, even if it is not on your building; don’t assume someone else has reported it. When you contact us about graffiti, we need to gather specific information starting with the exact address. We also need to know what kind of surface the graffiti is on (unpainted brick, metal, painted wood, etc), where on the structure the graffiti is (front, rear, side) and whether the graffiti is more than 6 feet off the ground. The more specific and accurate the information is, the quicker the problem will be resolved. Graffitiblasters prioritizes these jobs by starting with the oldest requests first. Graffiti on schools and churches, as well as graffiti that is a hate crime or a profanity will receive immediate attention…….

If there is graffiti on your building, make sure to call the police and fill out a police report, either through 311 or at your local police district station.The Police Department has done a great job catching taggers in the ward. If the police make an arrest, please make sure to attend court. If there is no victim present, the offender will be let go with nothing more than a slap on the wrist bythe courts. My staff and I have gone to court on graffiti cases in attempt to show the taggers that our community will not stand for graffiti. However, it is extremely discouraging when the actual victims do not show for the case and the tagger leaves the courthouse with a slap on the wrist. Please encourage anyone who has witnessed graffiti to show up for court advocacy when an arrest has been made.

May 11

St. Stephen King of Hungary Church to Add English Mass Starting May 15th

Beginning Sunday May 15th,  the St. Stephen King of Hungary Church here in Ukrainian Village (2015 W. Augusta Blvd) will perform a mass in English every Sunday at 6:00pm.  To learn more about the church, you can friend them on Facebook or check out their website http://www.stephenchurch.org/.