Ukrainian Village part of Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago 2014

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Saints Volodymyr & Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church

Ukrainian Village is home to 6 of the 170 great places and spaces on the Chicago Architecture Foundation's 5th annual Open House Chicago (OHC) event Oct. 18 and 19 throughout Chicago. 

Central to the Ukrainian Village's rich cultural heritage on Chicago's near northwest side of Chicago are its churches and museums. Participants in this free event will be welcomed into four houses of worship and two cultural institutions. 


Holy Trinity Russian Cathedral

Holy Trinity Russian Cathedral, 1121 N. Leavitt, is the oldest Orthodox parish in Chicago. The Cathedral for the Orthodox Church in America: Diocese of the Midwest  was one of two churches designed by Louis Sullivan and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Partially funded by the Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the structure took five years to complete (1899 to 1903). In 1987 a multi-year restoration began. Its octagon shaped dome and frontal bell tower are Old World features of the building but visitors will see Sullivan's added design elements influenced by the decorative design of the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements. 

During the 1980s renovation, all were amazed to see the interior painted decorations hidden under layers of soot from burning candles. Parishioners were then required to use only beeswax candles which do not produce the same residue. 

Saint Volodymyr the Great Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 2250 W. Cortez St., was organized in 1916 and was originally located on Erie Street not far from Damen Avenue.  The congregation moved to the current location in 1945, remodeling a German Lutheran - Gothic Church. It has the ecclesiastical, old medieval style of architecture which includes pointed arches, ribbed vaults and flying buttresses. 

The center of the Ukrainian Orthodox community in Chicago for 30 years, it was elevated to the status of a Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral for the Midwest in 1937. 


St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 835 N. Oakley Blvd., (the rectory is at 2238 W. Rice St.). Founded in 1906, their small wooden church was bursting at its seams and needed more space. Modeled after the 11th-century St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, Ukraine, architects Worthmann and Steinbach won the commission to construct the new building 1913 to 1915. 

This church has a long history of dealing with immigrant populations and issues

Saints Volodymyr & Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church, 739 N. Oakley Blvd., is the youngest of the churches, having been completed in 1973 with architect Yaroslav Korsunsky. 

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. 

Arts and History
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
The Ukrainian Institute,2320 W. Chicago Ave., houses more than art exhibits. They have other cultural events such as film screenings, lectures and musical recitals. 

Founded in 1971, they are part of the 25 member ethnic museums and cultural centers that are the Chicago Cultural Alliance. 

Ukrainian National Museum
In the heart of the Ukrainian Village is the Ukrainian National Museum, 2249 W. Superior St., this museum has collections that are not even seen in the Ukraine.

Founded in 1953, they have a very active site that houses exhibits and events all year long. 

In the library there are 16,320 titles and over 600 periodicals and newspapers. Their activities attract all ages from not just Chicago but also far and wide. They have outstanding exhibitions, lectures, meetings, workshops, celebrations as the different generations share their culture. 

Go to each venue link above and determine their hours. 

Entire weekend
All of the OHC events are listed on their web.  The Chicago Architecture Foundation strives to inspire people to discover why design matters, especially in our exceptionally gifted city. OHC presents you with access to buildings that tell the stories of our Chicago communities and cultures. 

By exploring Chicago's diverse neighborhoods through self-guided review and inspection, participants come together to discover our amazing communities and places, says Ukrainian Village's George Matwyshyn.



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