Aug 13

Ukrainian Village Fest 2013 – September 7th & 8th

Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church will again host the parish’s 11th annual “Ukrainian Village Fest 2013” on the parish grounds,  at 739 N. Oakley Blvd. (the corner of Oakley & Superior)  on Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8.

Festival hours are:
Saturday, 1:00 pm until 10:00 pm
Sunday, 1:00 pm until 10:00 pm 

Non-stop stage activity outside under the tent, featuring: the “Hromovytsia” dance ensemble,”Hromovytsia II” ““Blyskavytsia” School of Ukrainian Ballet, the “Iskra” dance ensemble and other local dance groups. Guest soloists – Iryna Lonchyna and Volodymyr Okilko.

Shop the many street vendors featuring arts & crafts from all over North America. Sample local ethnic cuisine.

There will be children’s games and rides, and a Grand Lottery 1st prize drawing of $2,500 cash.

Festival entrance fee is $5.00 per adult (13 and older) per day.

New Facebook page too!


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.

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