It is located next to Wicker Park, a pretty trendy area of Chicago, so you are very close to a variety of restaurants, nightlife, and art galleries.
Public transportation offers easy access to the Blue line and O'Hare, and a 10-minute commute to the Loop.
As for safety, there are definitely some rougher areas than others in Ukranian Village, even though it is an area of Chicago showing rapid gentrification (the whole West Town area, in fact, is showing signs of gentrification, especially closer to Wicker Park). Your best bet would be to stay closer to the Wicker Park boundaries.
So you have the boundaries clearly defined, the boundaries of Ukranian Village are: 500 N - 1200 N (Grand and Division) and 2000 W - 2400 W (Western and Damen)
Wicker Park boundaries are: 1200 N - 1600 N (Division and North) and 1600 W to 2400 W (Ashland and Western)
Further west down Chicago is the newer West Town branch library in the old Goldblatt building. Roots Pizza and Bleeding Heart Bakery opened up not too long ago. Sprout home is a unique and modern plant store on Damen. And Bar Deville is one of my favorite hidden gems at Damen and Huron.
I like the mix of old ornate and sleek modern architecture that exists. I also love that there are these hidden bars and shops within the neighborhoods. It's definitely a work, live, play environment for the local people who live there, which makes it feel homey. But at the same time you are just a bus, cab, or train car away from being anywhere in the city! Gotta love it!
It's a beautiful neighborhood in the Spring and Summer. A lot of the Ukrainian families that have lived there forever take painstaking measures to maintain their yards and gardens.
Ukranian Village is made up of Ukranian Village (2000-2400 W) and East Ukranian Village, often referred to as East Village (1600-2000 W). The neighborhood has seen a lot of development and not all of it has been welcome. Alderman Manny Flores has been responsible for working with local neighborhood groups to downzone many streets to allow Single Family Residences and the rehab of existing 2 flats rather than new construction of larger 3 unit condo buildings.
The northern edge of Ukranian Village along Division from a little west of Ashland to almost Western has seen an explosion of new nightlife spots and restaurants (facilitated by the reconstruction of sidewalks and street work completed in 2000). The wide sidewalks allow for restaurants to expand their seating during the summer months and create a vibrant feel during the evenings and at weekends.
Chicago Avenue is also experiencing renewed interest from business owners and the public at large as a shopping/entertainment destination.
All of this has increased walking traffic, created atmosphere and has helped impove neighborhood safety in the general area.
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Great question! We have pulled together some interesting and useful information about Ukrainian Village's crime and community.
Scroll through the tabs to get a sense of what life is like in Ukrainian Village: http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Ukranian_Village-Chicago/2
On a side note, I had a blast at this bar called Blind Robin (great reviews on Yelp too!): http://www.yelp.com/biz/blind-robin-chicago#query:nightlife
Let me know if you have additional questions, happy to be a resource!
Ali, Community Manager