Churches of Ukrainian Village
Take a minute to wander by these beauties – just look for the majestic domes popping out over the neighborhood's treetops.
St Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral The less traditional of the main churches. Its 13 domes represent Christ and the Apostles. The intricate mosaics – added to the 1915 building in 1988 – were inspired by the Cathedral of St Sophia in Kiev.
Sts Volodymyr & Olha Church Traditionalists from nearby St Nicholas split over liturgical differences and built this showy church in 1975. It only has five domes, but makes up for it with a massive mosaic of the conversion of Grand Duke Vladimir of Kiev to Christianity in AD 988.
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral This creamy structure looks like it was lifted straight out of the Russian countryside. But this 1903 stunner – with its octagonal dome, front bell tower, and stucco and wood-framed exterior – was actually designed by famed Chicago architect Louis Sullivan. Czar Nicholas II helped fund the church, which is now a city landmark. Tours of the gilded interior are offered twice a month on Saturdays at noon.
Local Knowledge: West Town Art Galleries
Various neighborhoods west of the river are great places to seek out emerging talent. Besides the galleries listed below, you'll find quite a few more along Chicago Ave, stretching from about 1400 to 2300 W.
Flat Iron Building Several artists live and work in this landmark building and host a monthly First Friday open house, where there's reasonably priced art on offer for purchase. Keep an eye on fliers around Wicker Park detailing the latest shows and open houses.
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive & Outsider Art This museum-like collection of naive art includes watercolors by famed local Henry Darger – whose cluttered studio, complete with balls of twine, teetering stacks of old magazines and a Victrola, has been entirely recreated here.
Document Gallery Exhibitions of contemporary photography, film and media-based works by emerging national and international artists.
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art This two-room space displays mostly Ukrainian artists, along with works by other locals. The permanent collection of colorful paintings and sculpture rotates a few times per year; there are also provocative temporary exhibits.
Monique Meloche Gallery Tastemaker Meloche has an eye for emerging artists. Her gallery features provocative paintings, neon and mixed media from local and international artists, with an emphasis on artists of color.