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:
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!
Morocco Day of Throne in Kyiv
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Morocco to Ukraine Mina Tounsi organized an official reception in honor of the national holiday. The Day of Throne is dedicated to the anniversary of King Mohammed VI coming on the throne.
Islamabad is the capital of…
Despite its declarative name, Islamabad is probably the most secular, cosmopolitan and westernized city of the Islamic Pakistan; and it is also the capital of this state. What its life is about – read further in Outlook.
Not by tower alone
The word is, Guy de Maupassant hated Eiffel Tower. The famous writer believed that it was uglifying the face of Paris without benefiting the city. Nevertheless, he could be often seen in a cozy cafe on the top of the construction. In such cases the author of “Bel Ami” used to say that “it was the only way the damned tower dropped out of his sight…”
Look at us: Michael Yarymovych
Behind the famous landing of Neil Armstrong and his team of the Moon in 1969 there wasn’t just an abstract triumph of the power of human brain but also a large group of highly-skilled engineers solving complicated tasks. Among them there was one specially standing out with his bold and unusual approach – a native of Ukraine Michael Yarymovych, one of supervisors of the “Moon program”. It is about him that we proudly tell about today within the framework of our column Ours Make the Grade.
The Ambassador of Egypt organized an official reception in honor of National Day
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Egypt to Ukraine Mr Hossam Eldeen Aly organized an official diplomatic reception in honor of National holiday dedicated to July revolution of 1952.
THE GHOST BRUSH OF MISS HOKUSAI
The eccentric elder Katsushika Hokusai was the real star of the Edo period, the creative genius and the brutal debtor of the half of his city. He used at least 30 names, changed 93 houses and created a lot of prints, drawings and paintings. His internationally recognized print The Great Wave off Kanagawa is mesmerizing. But only a few people know that this block printing, as well as many other works, was created by Hokusai with assistance of his daughter - artist Katsushika Ōi, lost in time and overshadowed by her genius father crazy about art.
Costa Rica: reasons to be happy
In a search of a perfect destination one could base on different principles. Being guided by the desire to see the life of exhilarating people, you should go to Costa Rica. This country is the leader according to the international happiness statistics The Happy Planet Index.
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.
VIDEO: Asian Games 2017 in Turkmenistan
September 17 through 27 Asian Games 2017 - fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games - will take place. Ashgabat as a venue for the competition was chosen in Kuwait on December 19, 2010. The city is the first one in Central Asia to host the Asian Games. Tournamnents in 21 kinds of sports were included into the program. Competitions will be held in chess, futsal, tennis, Muaythai (Thai boxing), sambo, Kurash, jujitsu, bowling, track cycling, short course swimming, indoor athletics, weightlifting, basketball, taekwondo (WTF), dancesport, kickboxing, equestrian, belt wrestling, traditional wrestling (Greco-roman and Freestyle), billiards and Turkmen national combat.
The Ambassador of Iraq organized a press conference in honor of Mosul city liberation
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iraq to Ukraine Bakir Ahmed Asis Al Jaff organized a press conference related to liberation of Iraq city Mosul from groups of terroristic organization ISIS.
The Ambassador of France Isabelle Dumont organized an official reception in honor of Bastille Day
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Ukraine Isabelle Dumont organized an official diplomatic reception in honor of national holiday, Day of storming of Bastille as well as 25-th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and France.
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.
KARAKOL. WHAT IS WORTH TO KNOW
Nature and heritage are above and beyond temporary drawbacks in infrastructure and services of Kyrgyzstan, which in terms of tourism is approaching to Georgia and Armenia. Let's consider this through the example of the cosy city of Karakol.
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.
Video: Craft of Uzbekistan. Golden-stitched embroidery
OUTLOOK was lucky to visit hospitable Uzbekistan and get better acquainted with crafts of this amazing country. Today we'll tell you about art of golden-stitched embroidery: about mediums artisans use, secrets and unique distinctives of this craft. Feel the world with us!
The brand story: Jean Patou
He succeeded in understanding the boisterous spirit of the twentieth century to transform the ideals of the epoch in the fashionable fancies. Joy, speed, and easiness represent emotions that help to sell, but the recollections connected with the brand of Jean Patou will be verily like that.
Varanasi: Crematorium City
Some call it the city of temples, some – created by gods and others call it crematorium on the Ganges River. Today we speak about Indian city of Varanasi where no one is scared by death and the latter one has long ago become business.
The Ambassador Gert Antsu organized a reception in honor of the beginning of the presidency of Estonia in the Council of European Union
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Estonia to Ukraine Gert Antsu organized an official reception in honor of the beginning of the presidency of Estonia in the Council of European Union.
Close
Outlook facebook page