First annual historic church architectural walk in Ukrainian Village scheduled for June 16


Saints Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church

Visiting five majestic Eastern European spiritual and architectural temples of worship can be done in one day on June 16. The First Annual Architectural Historic Church Walk will take place in Ukrainian Village* under the auspices of the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association (UVNA)**.

Attendees can travel at their own pace. The churches will be open for viewing from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. with 15 minute docent presentations at each church. Presentations are scheduled for 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. A $5.00 donation is requested to offset expenses.

"This will give people an opportunity to become acquainted with eastern churches and art in the setting of our unique neighborhood. We have included a Polish church in our tour so visitors can see different styles and their unique architectures. People will see that eastern religions, which are more meditative, do exist and indeed flourish in the middle of the city," commented George Matwyshyn.


Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral

The UVNA walk includes three cathedrals and two officially landmarked structures, which are:

  • Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 1121 N. Leavitt St.
    An octagonal domed structure with a frontal bell tower, reminiscent of churches found in provincial Russia. The Cathedral was partially funded by Czar Nicholas II and designed by Louis Sullivan. It is a nationally recognized landmark.
  • Saint Volodymyr the Great Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 2230 W. Cortez St.
    A remodeled German Lutheran - Gothic Church that exhibits the ecclesiastical, old medieval style of architecture which includes pointed arches, ribbed vaults and flying buttresses.
  • Saint Helen Catholic Church, 2347 W. Augusta Blvd.
    This traditionally Polish church has melded Art Deco, Modernism and tradition onto a modern floor plan. The spacious church interior and ceiling are decorated to draw all eyes to the altar, and slits of light illuminate the altar with a heavenly glow. The stained glass is mostly geometric patterns in small fragments of bright, unfiltered colors. The life sized bronze statue/memorial of Pope John Paul II that can be found in front of the church is unique in the United States and Canada.
  • Saints Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church, 2245 W. Superior St.

St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral

This church follows the Byzantine-Ukrainian style of the 11th-13th centuries. Churches built in this style are customarily cruciform. The big rounded gold dome, along with a strong preference for circular patterns – avoiding almost all angular designs - is also typical of this style. Traditionally written icons and beautifully designed stained glass compliment the structure.
  • Saint Nicholas , 2238 W. Rice St.
    This cathedral is modeled after the eleventh century Cathedral of St. Sophia in Kyiv, Ukraine. The Neo-Byzantine, Cossack-Rococo edifice has thirteen green cupolas that rise up to 112 feet into the sky. In addition to being known for architecture, St. Nicholas is acclaimed for its magnificent icons, mosaics and stained glass windows which were designed by the Munich Studio of Chicago. Hanging from the highest dome in the center of the cathedral is a brilliant nine-tiered golden chandelier from Greece, lit with 480 lights. The cathedral is a recognized Chicago landmark.

More information is available from Samantha Arnold or George Matwyshyn via email or phone at 773.220.6749.

*Ukrainian Village is a historic Chicago neighborhood located south of Wicker Park. Its boundaries are Division St. (1200 N) to the north, Chicago Ave. (800 N) to the south, Western Ave. (2400 W) to the west, and Damen Ave. (2000 W) to the east. It was the first neighborhood to be designated an "official neighborhood" of Chicago by Mayor Jane Byrne in 1983. A section of the neighborhood was designated as a Chicago Landmark District in 2002 with extensions added in 2005 and 2007.

**The Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association is a not-for-profit community organization in Chicago, Illinois whose mission is to foster a sense of pride and well-being in and among its residents. Originally the Ukrainian Village Preservation Society, UVNA builds upon the success of the Preservation Society to maintain Ukrainian Village’s historic character and has expanded



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