Nov 13

WTTW’s Chicago Tonight does a story on vacant churches in Ukrainian Village

(image courtesy of Our Urban Times)

Recently WTTW’ s show Chicago Tonight did a piece on vacant churches and their re-use  in Chicago and covered a few churches in our neighborhood,  and also interviewed board member George Matwyshyn.

You can see the entire piece as well as view photos of a few of the churches in our neighborhood  here on their website

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.


Feb 12

Ukrainian Village Historic Church Walking Tour – June 2012

Holy Trinity Cathedral

St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral











The Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association is putting together a walking tour of the historic and beautiful churches in our neighborhood on June 16th, 2012.   Currently we have 5 churches lined up to participate in the event.  We plan to walk from church to church spending a little time at each with a docent who will lead a short tour.  We still need volunteers to help with the promotion of the even as well as a little help on the day of the event.   We don’t need a lot of anyone’s time, but we do need help with the following:

  • designing a flyer
  • printing the flyer
  • passing out/posting flyers
  • other ways to promote the event
  • day of event sign-up/registration ( 1-hour commitment)
  • day of event tour guides along the walk (can be part or all of walk)

There are still a few details to work out but it’s always best to get going as soon as possible.  We’ll schedule a volunteer meeting in March to really kick things off, though one of our neighbors has already done a lot of legwork talking to the individual churches in our neighborhood (Thanks George!).   Send us a note at info@uvna.org if you are interested in helping out!

Saints Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral

St. Helen's Church



Apr 11

Holy Week Activities in Ukrainian Village


Paska - Ukrainian Easter bread

Easter Paska - Many Eastern Europeans make special bread for the Easter Holiday, and fill Easter baskets with bread, butter, eggs, candles, all symbolizing things like the Resurrection, the passion story and the renewal that is spring. (Photo courtesy of Lidia Matwyshyn)

This year Easter will be celebrated relatively late – on April 24th.  Easter is celebrated the first Sunday after the first full moon, after the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the autumnal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. This year the Western Christian Easter and the Orthodox Easter are on the same date.   Below are the dates and times for various services and events during Holy Week at various churches throughout Ukrainian Village.

Holy Trinity Cathedral,  1121 N. Leavitt Street

  • Great & Holy Wednesday, April 2oth
    • 9:30am – Presanctified Liturgy
    • 7:00pm – Bridegroom Matins
  • Great & Holy Thursday, April 21st
    • 10:00am – Vesperal Divine Liturgy
    • 7:00pm – Great Friday Matins
  • Great & Holy Friday, April 22nd
    • 9:00am – Royal Hours
    • 2:00pm – Vespers
    • 7:0pm – Great Saturday Matins
  • Great & Holy Saturday, April 23rd
    • Noon – Vesperal Divine Liturgy
    • 11:20pm – Nocturns Paschal Matins Paschal Liturgy
  • Pascha, April 24th
    • 1:00pm – Paschal Vespers

St. Helen’s Catholic Church, 2315 W. Augusta Blvd.

  • Wednesday, April 20th
    • Lenten Confessions 8am – 9am
    • Lenten Confessions 6pm -9pm
  • Holy Thursday, April 21st
    • 7 p.m. – Bilingual Mass of the Lord’s Supper
    • 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Good Friday, April 22nd
    • 3 p.m. – Stations of the Cross
    • 4 p.m. – Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
    • 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. – Keeping vigil with Our Lord in the tomb
  • Holy Saturday, April 23rd
    • 8 a.m. – 6:45 pm – Continue keeping vigil with Our Lord in the tomb
    • 10:00am –  Bilingual Blessing of Easter Baskets in the Church
    • 11:00am – Bilingual Blessing of Easter Baskets in the Church
    • Noon – Bilingual Blessing of Easter Baskets in the Church
    • 1:00pm – Bilingual Blessing of Easter Baskets in the Church
    • 7:00pm – The Solemn Easter Vigil (Bilingual)

    Easter Sunday, April 24th

    • 9 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. – Holy Mass

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral,835 N. Oakley Blvd.

  • Holy Thursday, April 21,
    • 10 a.m Pontifical Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great with Vespers and Washing of the Feet
    • 7p.m., Service of the 12 Gospels.
  • Good Friday, April 22,
    • 8 a.m Royal Hours,
    • 1 p.m., Solemn Vespers, Procession, and Placing of the Holy Shroud
    • 7 p.m., Jerusalem Matins
    • Confessions 2 to 10 p.m.
  • Holy Saturday, April 23
    • 8 a.m.  Pontifical Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great with Vespers
    • 2 to 8 p.m blessing of Easter baskets every hour in school auditorium
    • 10 p.m., Resurrection Matins followed by Divine Liturgy
    • Confessions from 2 to 8 p.m.
  • Easter Sunday, April 24
  • 6:30 a.m., Resurrection Matins followed by Pontifical Divine Liturgy celebrated in Ukrainian
  • 10 a.m., Divine Liturgy celebrated in Ukrainian,
  • 4 p.m., Resurrection Vespers in Ukrainian

St. Stephen King of Hungary Church, 2015 W. Augusta Blvd.

  • Holy Thursday, April 21st
    • 7:30pm – Mass
  • Good Friday, April 22nd
    • 7:3opm – Mass
  • Holy Saturday, April 23rd
    • 7:30pm – Easter Vigil
  • Easter Sunday, April 24th
    • 10:00am – Easter Mass

Sts. Volodymyr and Olhna Ukrainian Catholic Church, 2245 west Superior Street

  • Easter Sunday, April 24th
    • 5:30am – Gravesite Matins
    • 6:00am – Easter Utrenia
    • 8:00am – Easter Divine Liturgy
    • 11:00am – Easter Divine Liturgy