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

UVNA Meeting Notes – February 16th 2012


We had a nice turnout at this month’s meeting – thanks to all the new and old faces for attending.  We started off with a quick review of last month’s meeting notes and did a quick revisit of the new ward map and what that means for Ukrainian Village residents.  The short version is that most of  the neighborhood defined by the city as Ukrainian Village (Western to Damen, Chicago Ave to Division St) will become part of the new 2nd ward. The western edge of the neighborhood, as well as those residents on the south side of Chicago Avenue and east side of Damen Avenue will be in the 1st Ward. For the details on when this all goes into effect, see the notes from the conversation we had with Paul Sajovec from Alderman Waguespack’s office last month.

Old Business

  • Permit Requests: We have been waiting to do a permit review on some proposed construction in the 2100 block of W. Haddon but it looks as though that project has been put on hold for now.
  • Liquor License Requests – as of the time of the meeting we were unaware that Red Apple or the Damen-Augusta FoodMart had requested permits.  Following the meeting however,  Red Apple filed their request.   In response, the 32nd Ward is hosting a meeting along with some of the folks from the CGNA on Tuesday 2/28 to organize community objections to the request.  The community has 40 days to log comments before the request is granted or denied.  The meeting will start at 6pm, at 2657 N. Clybourn. Call Suzi for more info: 312-371-7168

New Business

  • New Alderman for Ukrainian Village: Alderman Fioretti’s office has already been in contact with the UVNA and we hope that we’ll see him at an upcoming event so everyone has a chance to meet our new 2nd ward alderman
  • Blue Bin Recycling : We are slated to receive blue recycling bins  on March 21st and to see pick-ups begin on April 2nd!  Read more here regarding dates and times for neighborhood meetings with more details.
  • Walking Tour of  Churches in Ukrainian Village! One of our neighbors has already reached out to the churches in the neighborhood and has lined up 5 interested churches and chosen a workable date of June 16th.  We’ve got the basic details up here on our website. Now we need to get some flyers/promotional materials designed, promote the event and organize the activities.  WE NEED YOUR HELP! There are many tasks that will only require an hour or so of your time , so let us know how you can help by sending an email to info@uvna.org
  • Expanding Our Boundaries: While we cannot change the boundaries that the city has defined for the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood without a vote in city council, we can change the boundaries covered by our Association.  Based on requests from residents, we are considering expanding our southern boundary to Huron or Erie, or Grand.  All thoughts and feedback are appreciated at info@uvna.org. We may put this to a vote at our next member meeting in April.
  • Next month’s meeting : In March it will be a social event at a neighborhood bar.  We’ll be inviting friends and neighbors from the surround neighborhood associations too ! Same date/time as the March meeting (3/15, 6:30pm) , location to be confirmed shortly.

Crime & Safety

  • Suspect Caught: Pizza Robbery suspect caught while trying to steal a car – story here.
  • Suspect Photo Released: Subway Shooting suspect still at large but this photo has been released
  • Chicago Police Dept: Safe & Sound Seminar: Wed 2/29 6:00pm-7:00pm, Smith Park (2526 W. Grand Avenue)
  • Chicago Police Dept Keeping it Real Forum: Saturday March 24th,  St Mary’s Auditorium, 1127 N. Oakley

The Neighborhood Watch Group

This summer a few of our neighbors organized their own neighborhood watch group on facebook in order to share information among neighbors, post ideas, and support our community. You can find the group and request to join it here. They recently held their first get-together and shared these notes from their meeting:

  • The founder of the group shared his map of mugging danger spots compiled over the last 8 months with data gleaned from the Chicago Clearpath system.  More recently the activity has been in the Wicker Park area (Damen) and Noble Square area (Ashland). Over the Fall it was focused near Cortez & Oakley, and this past summer was along Grand & Western.
  • They have been working to get more Neighborhood Watch flyers to hand out and post.  We gave them a bunch the UVNA has received from CAPS and they are working with CAPS to get more.  They have also created a printable version online.
  • They are making more connections within CAPS and the Aldermen’s offices and are trying to connect existing block clubs and phone trees.
  • They would like to lobby the Aldermen to hep bring more foot patrols to our area from the police.
  • They are working to update their facebook group to make it more useful and easier to navigate for new users


Please be sure to mark your calendars for our social event on March 15th! Details to come soon!

Dec 11

Meeting Notes: UVNA December Meeting, 2011


Stoplight Request at Chicago & Hoyne

The request for a stoplight at Hoyne & Chicago is one that goes back a couple of years in our neighborhood. You can read the minutes from our July 2011 membership meeting for more details of a conversation we had with the offices of the 1st and 32n wards.  The topic was brought up again this month in light of the ward redistricting.  Supposedly both wards have said they will each commit to 1/2 the budget for stoplight, from money from their own menu funds if CDOT does not fund it.  People continue to complain about the dangerous crossing for pedestrians at this intersection and we will check in with the Aldermen in January.


Proposed extension of the “Pedestrian Street” designation for Chicago Avenue

This news comes from our neighbors at the EVA.  1st Ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno, and 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waugespack are proposing to extend Chicago Avenue’s  “pedestrian street” designation from Ashland Avenue west to Damen Avenue. It now stops at Wood Street.  A pedestrian street in Chicago zoning parlance requires storefronts close to the sidewalk and bans strip malls, drive-through’s, auto lots, gas stations, car washes and self-storage warehouses. Division Street is a pedestrian street between Milwaukee and Leavitt.  We support the EVA and the Aldermen in this proposal and would like to suggest extending the pedestrian street designation all the way to Western Avenue.  We will follow up with the EVA.


Liquor License Requests in the 1st and 32nd Wards

There has been a lot of talk about two different businesses  located on the eastern edge of our neighborhood applying for permits to sell liquor. The  first location is the Augusta-Damen Food Mart on the NE corner of Augusta & Damen Avenues.  1st Ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno lifted a package liquor sales moratorium that was in place along Damen Avenue from Division to Augusta, based on signatures collected by the Food Mart in favor of liquor sales at that location. This means that the establishment may now apply for a license to sell liquor.  More on the application process to follow.

The second location that has supposedly shown interest in selling package liquor is the new Red Apple convenience store at the corner of Chicago & Damen.  As of this meeting, they had not yet applied for a license.

According to the City of Chicago’s website (and also summarized nicely on Everyblock.com) an establishment must apply for a license and go through the following notification process:

  • Within 5 days of the application file date, the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection is required to notify all of the registered voters residing within 250 ft. of the proposed business location by mail.
  • The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection is responsible for sending notice to the alderman and the police district commander.
  • The Department of Revenue will publish a legal notice in a daily newspaper of general circulation in the city, four times over a two-week period
  • The public has the opportunity to provide comments or submit written objections to the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. The public has 40 days to submit comments and/or written objections.
  • No liquor license will be issued until the public comment period has expired. The public comment period ends 45 days after the application is filed.

As far as we know, neither establishment has filed any application.  We will bring this topic up for discussion at the next UVNA meeting, possibly with representatives from either or both businesses, in January, and if applications are filed before that time we will inform all UVNA members.


Blue Recycling Bins

We’ve been told that our neighborhood will be part of a pilot program beginning in January , to test out private-company recycling with Waste Management. We’ll let you know more when we hear more.


Building Permit Review for 2112 W. Haddon

We will follow up with the folks who are interested in making some changes to this address to allow for a handicap entrance and hope that we can review their plans at the January meeting.


Ukrainian Village/Preservation Chicago Spring Church Walk

We met with some enthusiastic folks from Preservation Chicago at Alderman Moreno’s Thursday night event at Boundary a couple of weeks ago, and discussed the possibility of hosting an architectural tour of our neighborhood churches sometime next spring or summer.  They were interested in co-sponsoring this event with us – lots of great ideas.  We would like to get a committee together to meet with Preservation Chicago and organize a small walking tour of our historic churches.  If you would be interested in helping out in any small way in such an event, please send an email to secretary@uvna.org and let us know.


Winter All-Neighborhoods Party

We’ve reached out to the various neighborhood associations that border Ukrainian Village to see who is interested is trying to gather all of together for a little social get-together. The response has been good,  but we have not yet set a date, time , or place.  More to come!


Helping out with the UVNA

The UVNA is a small neighborhood organization made up of volunteers. We’re always looking for people who are interested in getting more involved in their neighborhood, and can use help organize events, work on the newsletter,  or the event calendar on the website,  etc.  If you’re interested in volunteering with the UVNA drop us a line at info@uvna.org

Oct 11

Reminder: UVNA October Meeting This Thursday 6:30pm

Please be sure to attend this month’s UVNA Meeting – come out to discuss what’s going on in our neighborhood and get to know your neighbors.   Anne Shaw, who has organized a group focused on saving the 13th district police station will be at our meeting to talk about the work her group is doing to stop the closing of the station,  including their online petition as well a planned rally before the Community Meeting on October 25th.

  • Thursday, October 20th, 6:30pm
  • St. Helen’s School, 2347 W. Augusta,  (Downstairs cafeteria)


Aug 11

UVNA Meeting Notes – Thursday August 18th

New Location: St. Helen’s School, 2347 W. Augusta Blvd. (downstairs cafeteria)

Time: 6:30pm

  • Neighborhood Safety-Recent Events
    • There has been a recent upswing in burglaries of homes and garages lately in our neighborhood.  Most recently a multi-unit building on Damen & Iowa was broken into on Tuesday (8/16) which sparked the creation of a new private group on Facebook called Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Watch. Anyone on Facebook can request to be a member.
    • The Facebook group has immediately grown in number and individuals have reported numerous break-ins and break-in attempts that have occurred in the last month or two in our neighborhood.
    • Official Reports (courtesy of everyblock.com) include:  ( The reporting on everyblock.com  has a few days delay so the most recent burglary on Damen/Iowa is not appearing yet. )
      • August 7th – Residential garage burglaries on the 2000 block of West Walton and the 2200 block of West Augusta
      • August 6th – Residential garage burglary on the 2000 block of West Walton,  Apartment burglary in the 2300 block of Augusta
      • August 4th – Theft from a porch/hallway in the 1000 block of N. Oakley, Vandalism in the front yard, 2000 block of West Rice
      • August 3rd – Residential garage burglaries in the 800 block of North Hoyne, 2000 block of W. Iowa (2), 2300 block of West Walton (2), and an apartment burglary in the 2000 block of West Augusta.
    • We encourage everyone to attend their area CAPS meeting to keep up-to-date with recent events, talk to the local police in district 13, and most importantly, get to know your neighbors.  Ukrainian Village falls with beat 1312 which holds it’s monthly CAPS meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at St. Helen’s School, also in the cafeteria, at 7:00pm. (Check the website for District 13 to see which beat your street falls within if you are outside of Ukrainian Village proper).
  • Two common themes have appeared related to these burglaries
    • Reports of a silver or gray Honda Pilot cruising slowly down the street as if looking for parking,  but actually casing residences to find out who is home when. If you see a car that fits this description and behavior please call it in to 911 right away.
    • Other reports have been of a blue pick-up truck that looks like a salvage truck, also waiting, parked outfront or in back of a residence where it doesn’t really belong.  CAPS officers have told us repeatedly to always call 911 if you see something suspicious.

  • Neighborhood Safety-What We Can Do
    • Attend your beat CAPS meeting!! Since beat 1312 doesn’t meet again until 9/13 , here are more things we can do to protect our neighborhood:
    • Take the usual safety precautions – lock your doors, windows, don’t leave items visible in cars, let trusted neighbors know if you will be away for an extended period of time.
    • Pay attention to your neighbors, to dog-walkers, regular alley scavengers – know who belongs and who does not.
    • If you see something suspicious or out of place – call 911. If you see it again  call 911 again.  CAPS stresses the use of 911 as a reporting mechanism – multiple calls for the same event/address/suspicious behavior draw attention to it – they are not treated as ‘duplicate’ calls.  Surrounding neighborhoods (like Smith Park) rely heavily on 911 reporting by multiple people for single events.
    • Share information with your neighbors, whether it be online, email, or talking in person

      We can work together as a neighborhood to make sure our Aldermen know how unacceptable we find this increase in crime.  The UVNA will be drafting up a basic letter to send to both the 1st and 32nd ward aldermen, and we will send it out to all our members to re-use so that we send a concerted message to them about these recent criminal events. As we’ve heard from other neighborhoods, the squeaky wheel gets the grease, so to speak.  We will post the letter on this site as well.

    • And again, please attend the next beat 1312 CAPS meeting on 9/13!
  • Update on the stoplight installation at Hoyne & Chicago
    • Per our last meeting with the 1st and 32nd wards, they have agreed to split the cost
      • both wards have allocated funds in their respective menu budgets
      • both wards are also supposed to talk to CDOT to see if they will tell us where it is at in the priority queue.  Read more details on this issue and a recap of that meeting here.
  • Update on the Blue Recycling Bins
    • Most of Ukrainian Village has never had blue recycling bins. Now that the city wants to privatize this service, the word is that they have a bid out to test a private service against the city service and our neighborhood is high on the list to be one of the test neighborhoods – could happen this fall. Just waiting for the contract to be signed
  • Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association Meet & Greet
    • We have proposed that next month’s meeting be held at a local restaurant/bar as more of a social event.  Right now we are looking at the following locations – we need room for 20-30 people:
    • If you can suggest any other locations for a Thursday night meeting, please let us know at info@uvna.org
  • Request for Thoughts and Volunteers – neighborhood architectural tour/steeple-chase (as in Church Steeples)
  • We’ve wanted to get a garden walk or some similar event going in our neighborhood that focuses on the unique aspects of our area.  The plethora of churches and their history and architecture was one such idea. We’re considering trying to plan one for next spring, summer, or fall.  If you would like to help research a plan to put in front of our group for consideration, please send us an email at info@uvna.org.