Ukrainian Village is one of those Chicago neighborhoods that you’ve probably heard about and have been meaning to visit, but maybe never got around to it. It’s simple to plan a fun, budget-friendly day in this West Town neighborhood. Read on for the best and most affordable eats, shops and more in Ukrainian Village.
Ukrainian Village is about 3 miles outside of the city center. For public transit, the CTA 66 bus is your best bet. If you have a car, you'll be happy to know that there’s usually plenty of street parking here.
Brunch is not to be missed in Ukrainian Village. There’s no shortage of affordable spots with delicious food offerings, but here are a few of the top-rated restaurants:
- Whisk Snickers stuffed french toast at Whisk (try not to drool). (2018 W. Chicago Avenue)
Cafe and Deli Ballou (939 N. Western Avenue)
Bite Cafe (1039 N. Western Avenue)
The breakfast places listed above also have great lunch menus. However, we recommend lunching at Old Lviv for authentic Ukrainian fare. Come hungry at this buffet-style restaurant, known for its stuffed cabbage and pierogi. Don't feel bad about trying a little bit of everything—it’s all delicious!
Old Lviv | 2228 W. Chicago Avenue | 773-772-7250
Stop by Paper Doll, a local stationary store that stocks unique cards and gifts. You’ll be able to find something to remember the day by without spending a ton.
Paper Doll | 2027 W. Division Street | 773-227-6950
Penelope’s is a great boutique if you want to find clothes and accessories that are truly unique. They carry a thoughtfully curated selection of European and U.S. brands. Prices range from inexpensive to high-end.
Penelope's | 1913 W. Division Street | 773-395-2351
Hang out at The Empty Bottle—a popular live music venue for alternative bands. This place also serves cheap drinks. Most of the time, it’s free to come and dance. Otherwise, entrance fees range from $5 to $20 depending on the band. Check out their calendar of events to plan your trip accordingly.
The Empty Bottle | 1035 N. Western Avenue | 773-276-3600
Ukrainian Village has a great nightlife scene full of old-school, low-key bars. Here are some local favorites that won’t break the bank:
EZ Inn (921 N. Western Avenue)
Happy Village (1059 N. Wolcott Avenue)
Blind Robin Note: This bar is cash only. (853 N. Western Avenue)
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