Ukrainian Village Chicago: What makes it the hottest neighborhood in the US

Ukrainian Village Chicago: What makes it the hottest neighborhood in the US
Ukrainian Village is hot!!!

Chicago’s Ukrainian Village has just been named the hottest neighborhood in the US by the folks at Redfin real estate–a residential real estate company that provides web-based real estate database and brokerage services.

Redfin bases its hot neighborhood predictions on the most recent growth in page views and favorites on their website.

This is the fourth year that Redfin has been providing this list of the ten hottest neighborhoods across the country. So far they’ve been right on target.

Past hot neighborhood winners including Phinney Ridge (2014) in Seattle, Bernal Heights (2014) in San Francisco and Highland Park (2013) in Los Angeles have become some of the most desirable areas in the country to live.

So what makes Ukrainian Village stand out from the crowd? Why not Lakeview, Hyde Park, Andersonville or any of Chicago’s other 73 neighborhoods?

According to Redfin, its Ukrainian Village’s fantastic location and wide range of housing options from historic to new construction and its character along with many areas having Landmark designation that put the neighborhood at the top of the heap.

Workers cottages near the corner of Haddon Street and Damen Avenue

Workers cottages near the corner of Haddon Street and Damen Avenue

Ukrainian Village is filled with vintage brick condo and apartment buildings, plenty of old cottage or bungalow style homes–many of which have been updated or remodeled, and new construction single-family homes that offer a chic modern-contemporary vibe–managing to offer something for everyone.

When trying to describe the community “artsy,” “laid-back” and “socially conscious” are words that come to mind.

The “village” is able to offer the best of two worlds. Compacted into a relatively small area, it maintains the vibe of a peaceful borough with a European flair while the surrounding area has all the bustling nightlight, businesses and restaurants that one can handle.

Its tree-lined residential streets, sturdy brick buildings and sidewalks welcome joggers, dog-walkers and those just wanting to get a breath of fresh air.

Part of the West Town area of Chicago, Ukrainian Village is bordered by Division, Damen, Western and Chicago Ave.

Part of the West Town area of Chicago, Ukrainian Village is bordered by Division, Damen, Western and Chicago Ave.

The neighborhood has managed to preserve its past even while undergoing some gentrification.

For years, its central focus was on Ukrainian life with three major Ukrainian churches, two Ukrainian banks, a Ukrainian grammar school, the Ukrainian National Museum, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, a Ukrainian Cultural Center and many Ukrainian restaurants, stores and businesses.

Now its longtime residents of Eastern European descent live side by side with the newer hipsters and everyone seems to get along.

From dive bars like Phyllis’ Musical Inn to hot alternative music clubs like Empty Bottle, architecturally significant buildings and churches including Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral and trendy restaurants such as chef Jared van Camp’s Leghorn chicken, Bite, Smoke Daddys, Mirai Sushi and others—the neighborhood has it all.

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