Ukrainian Village

Ukrainian Village

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 ortpysanky2hodox, 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.

Visit Chicago, Discover it with a Free Local Tour Guide

Create your own art at "the Bean", Anish Kapoor's Cloudgate sculpture

Create your own art at “the Bean”, Anish Kapoor’s Cloudgate sculpture

One of the best ways for visitors to explore Chicago is through the Chicago Greeter program. With a friendly, knowledgeable local as your guide, you can see the most popular landmarks and attractions on a 2-4 hour FREE guided tour.

Chicago Greeter

Greeter visits are customized based on your choice of neighborhoods, language and interests. Over 200 enthusiastic volunteers await you to share their expertise and passion about the city! Make sure to register at least 10 business days in advance for a free 2-4 hour guided visit of Chicago.

Chicago InstaGreeter

Looking for more flexibility, or making plans to visit Chicago at the last minute? Let InstaGreeter take you on a free hour-long guided walk of downtown.

Millennium Park InstaGreeter will run through October 13, 2014. The one hour walks of the park will be conducted every day at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., departing from the Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Information Center. Registration is not required.

Visit Chicago Discover the World

Visit Chicago Discover the World

Where the world discovers Chicago

Where the world discovers Chicago

We love the tourists who love Chicago – here’s a few from some sunny, cold April days:

 

First Lady – Chicago Architecture River Boat Tours

Best view in the city!

Best view in the city!

We are proud to be connected to the Concierge program of the First Lady- the Chicago Architecture River Boat Tours – the best way to see Chicago.   Just ask at breakfast, but we can assist you with getting tickets (dock opens at 9 am daily) – even same day for tours on this most popular sightseeing tour in downtown Chicago.  Just ask staff at breakfast to assist you with tickets – you will need to pay a $10 deposit at the Two Urns and the balance of $29.43 is due at the dock when you pick up your tickets.

Wicker Park in top ten places for Millennials

One of our favorite lunch specials at $5.95 for 3 courses on Division Street a short walk from Two Urns.

One of our favorite lunch specials at $6.50 for 3 courses on Division Street a short walk from Two Urns.

Niche Ink just announced Chicago and Wicker Park neighborhood as the #4 on their list of places for Millennials to live.

25 Best Cities and Neighborhoods for Millennials

Just one more reason to stay in Wicker Park on your next visit to Chicago.  Our tip for the day:  The Bedford – a great lounge located in the safety deposit vault of a bank just 2 blocks from the Two Urns.  Stop by for a late night drink, have a little supper, enjoy all Wicker Park has to offer.

Roosevelt University Music Events for Spring 2014

Roosevelt University Music Events for Spring 2014

 ganz hall214Roosevelt University’s Chicago College for Performing Arts (CCPA) offers a series of free music and theatre events each term and the music events are presented in “Ganz Hall” one of Chicago’s architectural treasures designed by Louis Sullivan and Dankbar Adler.  Worth a visit to see the beautiful auditorium, but stay for the talented young performers – mostly classical or jazz concerts, but check their website for details.  Located in Roosevelt University at Congress and S. Michigan Avenue: 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605