A new Mexican fusion restaurant is getting lots of kudos from food critic, Phil Vettel, Dos Urban Cantina (2829 W. Armitage Ave) for their unique take on Mexican cuisine – both chef/owners are previously Topolobampo veterans . Opens daily at 5 pm. Combine this dining experience with a visit to one of the top 5 “storefront” art galleries in Chicago, Art on Armitage, (4125 W. Armitage Ave) curated by local artist, Mary Ellen Croteauknown for her bottle cap portraits. Plan your visit towards the end of the day and take in some great blues in one of the ‘down and dirty’ blues clubs Rosa’s Lounge (3420 W Armitage Ave) opens daily at 8 pm. You can catch the Armitage bus west near the Western Stop of the Blue line at Milwaukee or at Cortland and Ashland, just a short walk north of us. Or drive – plenty of on-street PayDisplay parking on that part of Armitage.
Did you know that Two Urns is less than a mile from the heart of the Ukrainian Village? Just southwest thrives a Chicago neighborhood rich in the history and culture of the Ukraine. Take a short walk west on Division to Damen then south to Chicago and west to one of Chicago’s few Ukrainian restaurants, Old Lviv (2228 W Chicago Avenue 773-772-7250 – closed Mondays), serving a full buffet with Ukrainian fare: stuffed cabbage, chicken, borscht soup and much more that will get you in the mood to explore the rest of Chicago’s Ukraine. Across the street at Oakley is Sts. Volodymyr and Ohla church (2245 W. Superior) and north one block is St. Nicholas Cathedral (835 N. Oakley). Ann’s bakery (2158 W Chicago) has freshly baked breads and other imported jams from the Ukraine available and is our go-to place for paczkis (poonch-kees) a traditional Pre-Lenten treat.
The Ukrainian National Museum, is at 2249 W. Superior, just south of Sts. V&O at Oakley; the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art at 2320 w. Chicago Ave. (open Noon -4 pm Weds-Sundays) hosts local and Ukrainian contemporary art exhibits.
Ukraina Deli (2340 W Chicago) is also a favorite of ours with meats, cheeses and traditional Ukrainian desserts to-go. If you wish a patisserie-style cafe, a little farther down Chicago Ave. is Shokolad Pastry and Cafe (2524 W Chicago Ave.), a lovely spot to get a cappucino and dessert or brunch.
The Ukrainian Village is filled with lots of 3 and 6 flat apartment buildings and well-coiffed fronts, so feel free to weave your back through any of the residential streets between Chicago and Division. Although the church is Russian orthodox, if you are still looking for ecclesiastical treats, Holy Trinity Orthodox church at 1121 N Leavitt (just off the end of Division’s Restaurant Row) is one of Louis Sullivan’s jewels.
An annual Ukrainian fest is held each September and you can pick up dyes and pysanky tools at the local gift shop, Delta Ukrainian Enterprise, 2222 W. Chicago Ave. Orthodox Easter falls on May 1 st this year.
For those unfamiliar, Opera Inter Alia offers a harmonious blend of opera and standard songs – and, as always, finishes strong with a sing-along.
This month they are trying out a new concept – Jukebox Opera – whereby the audience chooses selections from their “jukebox list” to be performed live!
Come and join the fun!
For those of you that know Blue Star’s “Cindy” – she will be performing!
NO COVER CHARGE – just order from our menu and enjoy the music.
RESERVATIONS are highly recommended as our opera nights typically sell out!
We treat our Chicago Art Retreat artists to the special collection of the Roger Brown house museum every winter www.chicagoartretreats.org, but you can schedule your own private tour in advance of your arrival to Chicago by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a tour for $15 (Museum Tour with slide presentation) or $8 (DIY tour). This is a great overview of Roger Brown’s work as well as many of the Chicago Imagist artists/educators, who were his colleagues and friends: Ray Yoshida, Christina Ramberg, Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, Karl Wirsum, Phil Hanson, Don Baum, et al. and includes work by outsider artists: Henry Darger, Jesse Howard and Joseph Yoakum. We highly recommend this home/studio tour if you are interested in Brown’s work as an artist/collector, the Chicago Imagist or “Hairy Who” group from the 1970’s.
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The House of Two Urns was started in 1991 by Kapra Fleming, video artist and photographer, more by chance than by design. With one guestroom she gradually expanded as her family did with husband, Miguel, joining her and in 2002 he purchased a nearby building that also has B&B guestrooms. Miguel, an extremely multi-talented artist, sculptor, printmaker, photographer and poet has many of his artworks for sale in the Two Urns gift shop. More Info
A side garden to the main inn produces lots of fresh berries, fruit, herbs, tomatoes and greens that grace the breakfast table during growing season and as jams year round. Where else in Chicago can you sit and watch the fruit grow and spread it on some yummy bread the next morning? Some of the jams include, black raspberry, apricot, currant, gooseberry, strawberry, blackberry and blueberry – all made by Kapra from garden-grown fruits.
We welcome you to our artistically unique home and to garden-fresh goodness every morning!