Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

rosas loungeA 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.

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.