Mar 14

UVNA February 2014 Meeting Notes

Thursday February 20th, 2014 – 6:30pm – St. Helen School Cafeteria

Officers and UVNA Board Members in attendance:

  • President:  Paul Matwyshyn
  • Treasurer: Harriet Siller
  • Secretary: Samantha Arnold
  • Board Members: George Matwyshyn
Updates on status of neighborhood churches


St. John’s Lutheran Church (913-925 N. Hoyne)
Nothing further has happened with this development since the UVNA agreed to the curb cuts and zoning change requested by the developer.  The 2nd ward alderman’s office has no updates and has not spoken to the developer since the last discussions in late 2013.  UVNA will try to contact the developer for an update


New Hope Bible Church (1137 N. Leavitt)
A demolition permit was issued for this property 0n 2/13/2014.  This church was built in 1894 as the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, though the architect is unknown.  It was not listed/identified in the Chicago Historic Resources Survey ,  not orange rated (meaning a property that possess some architectural feature or historical association that makes it potentially significant in the context of the surrounding community). It was not  considered for inclusion in the original historic district –  sounds like there was little interest to include it at the time, and the congregation may not have been interested either.  According to Chicago Landmarks , all of these things mean that they have no means to stop the demolition.  (thanks the 32nd Ward office for providing more info on this property)


Hoyne  Avenue Wesleyan Church (2108 W. Iowa St)
This church was sold on 12/2/2013 to an LLC .  This church is also not orange rated and was not originally considered for inclusion in the historic district. As of this meeting, no permits have been requested for this property. (thanks the 32nd Ward office for providing more info on this property)

It appears that neither one of these churches could be added to the district on their own,  like St. John’s church was, as  St. John’s was part of the  historic context of Ukrainian Village.  While the historic district is rather tightly framed as residential,  St. John’s  congregation played a very active role in the historic residential development of Ukrainian Village.  That history helped link St. Johns to the residential context of the village two years ago.

These recent sales have raised concerns by many neighbors about other churches that may not be landmarked and how we can protect them from demolition.  Based on some very preliminary research, it appears that the best route to preserve existing structures not already within the boundaries of the Ukrainian Village Historic District, might be to request another extension to the district that combines parcels that currently exist outside the boundaries.  Churches that may be outside the boundaries at this time include:

  • St. Helen Parish (2315 W. Augusta Blvd)
  • St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral (2250 W. Cortez St)
  • Saints Volodymyr & Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church (2245 W. Superior)
  • St. Stephen King of Hungary Church (2015 W. Augusta Blvd)

In order to start this process we will need to, among other things, review property in the neighborhood and make a proposal to Chicago Landmarks.  We will follow up on this at the next meeting. Neighbors interested in assisting with this effort should contact the UVNA at info@uvna.org.


Eddie Winters – Democratic Candidate for State Representative

Eddie Winters is seeking to become the Democratic nominee for State Representative in the 10th district. The primary election will be held March 18th, 2014.  He stopped by our meeting to meet with neighbors in our area.   You might remember him from his 4-month term as representative when he replaced the expelled Derrick Smith.  More info can be found on his website here.

UVNA Officer Elections

Elections for new officers (President, VP, Treasurer, Secretary) will take place at the April 2014 meeting.  In order to run for office you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a current member of UVNA (dues paid by the March 2014 meeting)
  • Be part of a slate – meaning that in the election members will vote on proposed slates of 4 officers
    • one member may only be on 1 slate
    • slates consist of president, VP, treasurer, secretary

Board members and committees are appointed or approved by the officers.

You can join online on our membership page or bring cash to the March 2014 meeting.   If  you have any questions about membership, send an email to info@ unva.org.

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

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.

May 11

UVNA May Meeting Alert – Elections & A Property Plan Review

We will conduct our annual elections at the May 2011 General Meeting on Thursday May 19th at 6:30pm. at the Hoyne Avenue Weslyan Church at the corner of Iowa & Hoyne. You must be a member in good standing (i.e. have your 2011 dues paid up) in order to vote.

  • Dues can be paid in cash, check, or money order
  • Make a check or money order payable to the UVNA (send to Harriet Siller, UVNA Vice President, 2225 W. Iowa Street, Chicago IL  60622
    • Individual – $10
    • Family – $20
    • Senior – $5
    • Student- $5
    • Institutional ( any registered not-for-profit civic, social, educational or religious organization) – $10

Also on the agenda for the May 19th meeting is a review of the plan to build a residential structure on the lot at 2018 W. Walton.