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The best attractions in Ukrainian Village

Ukrainian Village is a neighborhood that's full of history. Scope out with the best things to do in the area.

Photograph: Adam Jones/Wikimedia Commons

When you've run out of things to do and see at the best Chicago museums, try heading to the Ukrainian Village neighborhood. "Ukie Village," as it's called by some Chicago residents, is chock-full of some of the best Chicago restaurants, as well as a hefty helping of Ukrainian, Polish and Eastern European culture. If you're looking to make the most of your time, go for a stroll along the neighborhood's busy borders, where the best attractions can be found.

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Best Ukrainian Village attractions

Polish Museum of America

Get a dose of Polish history and culture at an institution dedicated to one of Chicago's most celebrated and predominant nationalities. The museum has permanent and rotating art exhibits, lectures by Polish arts and cultural figures, a set of archives and a library.

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River West/West Town

Ukrainian National Museum

The Ukrainian National Museum plays host to a variety of cultural events and activities, including exhibits that focus on heritage artifacts, paintings, the country's involvement in World War I and pysanky, or ornate Ukrainian Easter eggs. The on-site library houses over 16,000 books and periodicals as well as a document archive that keeps track of Chicago's own Ukrainian community.

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River West/West Town
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Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art contains one of the largest collections of abstract and minimalist artwork made by Ukrainian-Americans during the 1950s, 60s and 70s in the world. The museum ensures variety in its collection by requiring most exhibiting artists to donate one piece of work to the museum's permanent collection.

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Ukrainian Village
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Chopin Theatre

One of the more creative storefront theaters in Chicago is the Chopin. Located on the border between Wicker Park and Ukrainian Village, the theater reflects its demographic by showcasing performances geared toward the young, and occasionally hosting visiting European theater companies. Some of Chicago's most-talented rising theater companies such as the Hypocrites and the House Theatre of Chicago are regulars on the stage.

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River West/West Town

Vittum Theater

Built in 1998, the 299-seat Vittum Theater is the home of the local theater company Adventure Stage Chicago, and is run by the Northwestern Settlement, a community organization with various philanthropic programs and efforts in the West Town community area.

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River West/West Town
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Vertical Gallery

The art at Vertical Gallery focuses exclusively on contemporary art that occurs in an urban setting and/or is influenced by street art, city environments and pop culture. See work by artists from Chicago, working nationally and internationally abroad.

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Ukrainian Village

Corbett vs. Dempsey

Corbett vs. Dempsey packs the varied interests of its owners all into one exhibition space. Founded by John Corbett and Jim Dempsey in 2004, the gallery on the third-floor of the Dusty Groove building explores the art landscape to find pieces and talent that are overlooked or lies undiscovered. Expect themes related to film, jazz and American Modernism.

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East Village
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