RU  UK  EN
Articles  >  Visit  >  Ghetto of the World: Ukrainian Neighborhood in Chicago

Ghetto of the World: Ukrainian Neighborhood in Chicago

Experience has proven that ethnic enclaves by and large are autonomous and closed-loop systems because living there one can stay non-assimilated and non-integrated into another culture at all. But that cannot be said about Ukrainian Village – Ukrainian district of Chicago, already famous around entire United States.

Ukrainians and Americans are two peoples very distant from each other should one look at the world map, however they are rather close mentally and get along perfectly well. According to sociologists and researchers, the two peoples obviously have at least two national features in common: strive for liberty and desire to be the master of own life. History of their relations began as far back as in 1890s when poor Ukrainian countrymen oppressed with semi-slave status in Austrian and Russian Empires headed to distant and vast America in search of better destiny. Since then there were at least two more waves of migration in 20th century that resulted in almost a million and a half Americans having Ukrainian origins; and the expatriate community itself thank to their work to the benefit of the country and non-conflict behavior is considered one of the most respected ones.

Фото i1.wp.com

Ukrainian migrants found residence over entire territory of the country by settling down in both large cities and remote nooks where they developed agriculture. Nevertheless, even under such dispersion people tried to find ones of their kind, therefore gradually and quite naturally some sort of centre of the community emerged, its capital. Ukrainian Village spread in western part of Chicago in several minutes’ drive from the city centre. Nowadays it is one of the most distinctive and popular places in entire Illinois. Regardless of the fact that, say, in New York there are three times as many Ukrainians, it is local village that makes for the world’s only Ukrainian neighborhood.

Over a hundred years ago there used to be a true village where migrants from entire Easter Europe lived. Oftentimes Mexican bands tried to take over these territories and win own right to life in the USA however the Slavs united to fight back. Their exemplary life and respect towards local laws merited them help from state authorities that ended that fracas and brought things to order. As soon as in 20th century Poles, Czechs and Slovaks mainly moved to either New York or the very centre of Chicago leaving western district to Ukrainians and their number was growing gradually. People were running away from communist tyranny in times of USSR and from post-soviet economic breakdown of 1990s. Local community was helping fellow countrymen integrate into American reality hammer and tongs, and native language and culture that surrounded newcomers most certainly helped them feel less stressed.

Фото happywaytravel.com

Nowadays Ukrainian Village isn’t much different from other districts of Chicago – it is just as neat, nice and low-rise as other districts, except perhaps for number of blue-and-yellow flags and signs in рідна мова (Ukrainian for ‘native language’) making you occasionally think that you are in Lviv or Kyiv though, as local like to joke, there is no way one can come across that many flags in the streets in their Homeland. This part of Chicago cannot be compared to post-soviet prototype in New York – Brighton Beach – where echo of crisis of the past can still be felt, and depressive environment testifies to that. Meanwhile Ukrainian village is a completely peaceful, even hipster spot in a way, a very popular one among Chicagoans. They adore coming there for lunch to consume borsch, varenyky and halushky in abundance, enjoy cozy atmosphere of family restaurants. Besides, alongside food and national color, there are things to look at and go for a walk to.

The district is primarily famous for its culture erections partly built by first settlers – natives of Western Ukraine where religion has always had influence on society. Holy Trinity Cathedral, St. Nicholas Church, Sts. Volodymyr and Olga Parish and St. Joseph Church are interesting from architectural point of view. Also, newer objects stand out – institute of Modern Art where all best Ukrainian painters are exhibited and National Museum – a place where one can learn everything about both the community and Ukraine itself. Despite the fact that the neighborhood is considered a quiet one, its parks and garden squares suit walks and open-air rest perfectly, there are also first-class bars and concert venues where Okean Elzy, VV and other popular Ukrainian bands and singers perform from time to time. More to that, neighboring Wicker Park is a center of cultural life for the entire state therefore Ukrainians with their festivals and balls play an important role in it.

Фото s3.amazonaws.com

In recent years Americans themselves began moving to live there with increasing frequency. According to various researches, Ukrainian Village is considered one of the most popular districts in entire USA. That’s because Ukraine is a household word all over the world these day and people are truly hospitable. Due to the fact that in second and third waves of migration there were many representatives of intellectuals, people with Ukrainian origins gradually achieve success in American society to, among other things, obtain important public positions. It’s been a long time since Ukrainians stopped being taken as ordinary mere workers because they’ve given a lot to the country and they keep up the good work in a country so distant, on the one side, but so similar to their own, on the other.

Заглавное фото inman.com

It will be interesting:
The Embassy of Kazakhstan to Ukraine organized a ‘round table’ dedicated to the 25-th anniversary of diplomatic relations
On the 27-th of September, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Republic Kazakhstan to Ukraine Samat Ordabaev organized a ‘round table’ in Kyiv. The event was dedicated to the 25-th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our countries. There were heads of diplomatic missions, people’s deputies of Verkhovna Rada, executives of authorities of Ukraine, the representatives of creative and scientific regions, business communities, as mass media.
ON CATWALK: UKRAINE
Traditional Ukrainian clothes are absolutely unique, bright and distinctive. So there is no surprise that they still remain relevant for both Ukrainian and foreign fashion-mongers. In recent years designers of the world create entire collection “based on” the main symbol – vyshyvanka (embroidered clothing) – and many celebrities now and then put on shirts with magic ornamentation believing them to be the summit of elegance.
We Were There: New York, Washington and Miami
For certain reasons there are two capitals in America – official and actual. Context manager from Kyiv Bohdan Yanchev visited them both and told us about spirits of these cities, about their landmarks and about what they represent in reality. If you think that New York is imbued with expensive perfumes and there is nothing else to do in Washington but to lie on a lawn by the White House – you are wrong!
Taxi in New York Style
Next ‘character’ of our cycle about symbolic means of public transport is yellow cab of New York. It is impossible to imagine the Big Apple and especially its centre, Manhattan, without those bright and incredibly handy cars. Seemingly, there are more “checkers” than people.
The Ambassador of Canada and Minister of infrastructure of Ukraine signed collective plan of actions on going through audit of International maritime organization
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Ukraine Roman Vaschuk and Minister of infrastructure of Ukraine Vladimir Omelyan signed collective plan of actions on Ukraine’s going through audit of International maritime organization. The signing of document happened on the 12-th of July in the room of Embassy of Canada to Ukraine.
We Were There: America through the Eyes of a Ukrainian
Context manager Bohdan Yanchev undertook a long-term journey to the United States. He spend six months there and not just visited large cities like Miami, New York and Washington but also worked in different positions, made numerous acquaintances with locals and visited places that ordinary tourists know nothing about. Upon his return he told us about his brightest impressions.
In Kyiv NATO agency is opened
The delegation of North Atlantic Council, including 29 ambassadors of countries-NATO members guided by the general secretary Jens Stotenberg arrived to Kyiv. On the 10-th of July there was an official opening of NATO agency to Ukraine.
Things They Eat: Ukraine
Spoiled with home-made borshch, holubtsy and cotlets, we are under an illusion that we know Ukrainian cuisine like the tips of own fingers and there is nothing distinctive about it while in fact gastronomic heritage of our country is far richer than a grandma’s ingenuous menu. Time has come to recall original Ukrainian dishes that were undeservedly forgotten in the era of semi-cooked products and fast food.
In Embassy of Uzbekistan was held a concert dedicated to the Day of the Medical Worker of Ukraine
On the 18-th of June 2017 the Embassy of Uzbekistan to Ukraine on the occasion of Medical workers of Ukraine day organized the musical evening ‘Music is the boundless art’ for the teams of the Center of children cardiology and heart surgery of Healthcare Ministry of Ukraine and National Museum of history of Ukraine in the Second World War.
The Ambassador of Belarus met with the mayor of Lviv and the head of Lviv region
On the 15-th – 16-th of May 2017 the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Republic Belarus in Ukraine Igor Sokol visited Lviv region in the frame of which the meeting with the head of Lviv regional national administration Oleg Sinyutko and Mayor of Lviv Andrii Sadoviy.
The Embassy of Bulgaria along with Ukrpochta produced the stamp in honor of Bulgarian and Ukrainian diplomatic relations
The Ambassador of Bulgaria to Ukraine Krasimir Minchev along with the General director of Ukrpochta Igor Smelyanskyy represented in Kyiv the post-stamp dedicated to the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and Ukraine.
In Kyiv with the participation of European states Ambassadors Europe Day was celebrated
In the capital of Ukraine with the participation of the Ambassadors of European countries, Kyiv city head, representatives of Ministries, national authorities, European Commission and international organizations the celebration of Europe Day was going. This year the official events clashed with song contest Eurovision and became finishing in its arrangement.
The first international scientific conference “Ukraine and Georgia: diplomatic relations, international ties, cultural diplomacy” was held
On 10-13 May, the International scientific conference “Ukraine and Georgia: diplomatic relations, international ties, cultural diplomacy” dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Ukrainian-Georgian diplomatic relations at the current stage of our countries’ development took place in Batumi.
VIDEO: Antique and industrial Kiev
When sending stuff to trash can or throwing it away to a dumpster we don’t suspect that it doesn’t always mean death for it, now and then even in the contrary – it is a beginning of a new life…
Christmas Eve and What’s to Follow
Christmas arrives with a warm overjacket on its shoulders. At night it brings warm light of the first evening star and in the morning it wakes you up with shine of white but warm sun. If my great-grandmonther’s grandmother had been asked about her Christmas feelings, I believe, her words would have been identical to mine. Because together with a bowl of kutia, generations of Ukrainians transfer their traditions from hand to hand.
In Kyiv the public discussion was going dedicated to 25-th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and Ukraine
On the 13-th of December in Diplomatic academy of Ukraine there was a public discussion ‘Lithuania-Ukraine. 25 years of diplomatic relations’ organized by the embassy of Lithuania and Institute of world politics.
Cabramatta: ‘Little Vietnam’ in the Vast of Australia
Want to have a look at Vietnamese ghetto in Australia and at the same time figure out why Asians inspire fear into local citizens? Should you happen to be in Sydney – you must visit Cabramatta, just don’t forget about your camera… and security. The thing is, the place that is considered to be Sydney’s business centre top record levels of crime rampancy.
HUTSULS: UKRAINIAN HIGHLANDERS
How can we blame foreigners for not knowing our country, even if the native Ukrainians now and then mistakenly and stereotypically refer to all the inhabitants of the western regions of Ukraine as the Hutsuls. Hearing it, representatives of this ethnic group of Ukrainian, isolated by picturesque nature of the Carpathians, just smile. We suggest to climb up with to their mountain villages and get more acquainted.
WORLD GHETTOS: POLISH QUARTER IN NEW YORK
New York is rightfully considered one of the most interesting cities in the world. The reasons for this are many, including its unique ethnic composition of more than twenty large communities. New Yorkers joke that they do not need to travel, as it is just enough to take a ride through national enclaves and learn new cultures.
The new ambassador of the USA Mary Yovanovich entered office
The new Ambassador of the USA to Ukraine Mary Yovanovich has officially started implementing her diplomatic duties. Earlier she was an Ambassador in Republic Armenia (2008-2011) and Kyrgyz Republic (2005-2008).
Close
Outlook facebook page