W of Western really sort of depends on how far north and south you are in that area. It's more of a block by block issue. Some blocks are Ok while others aren't. Some stretches are Ok out to California or even pushing Kedzie, while others definitely aren't.
I would recommend driving around in the later afternoons, early to late evenings to see how the street life is. This may give you a better indication of your comfort level.
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Ukranian Village has European roots, hence the existence of some very cool ornate orthodox cathedrals. The architecture tends to lean towards bungalows and 2-flats. The community itself has an "old village" type of feel.
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)... more