Monday, May 23, 2011

Chicagoing: Ukrainian Village Neighborhoood

 We love walking around Chicago and exploring the different neighborhoods. Somehow, all that walking seems justified when you're doing it with dogs. We happened to have amazing weather this weekend, and set out on a longer walk around Ukrainian Village neighborhood.
The neighborhood is particularly lush flowers on every porch and ivy-covered walls:
Glimpses of the past:
The main thing that stands out are the number of ornate churches and cathedrals. Like this:
And  towering over the city:
One of our favorite reasons to visit Ukrainian Village is to stop by Black Dog Gelato; their goat cheese cashew caramel gelato is strangely addictive. And we love Podhalanka, which is actually near the Polish Triangle, but has the best pierogies, borscht, and potato pancakes. It's so authentic, it's just like eating in someone's living room. But if you're with your pooches, you can take it to go and eat at the park.

20 comments:

lindsay said...

I just read about the ukranian village last night! My husband and i are headed to chicago in July and I'm trying to do my research! Looks like the pooches had fun!

jen said...

What a beautiful place to visit!

Froggy said...

I looooove black dog gelato! Let me know if you come up to Rogers Park we've got loyola's beautiful campus and a ton of parks.

Tucker The Crestie said...

Mmm ... that gelato sounds amazing! That alone might be worth a trip to Chicago!

loveandaleash said...

hooray for polish restaurants! i am originally from poland so i am lucky to have learned to cook a lot of the foods you mentioned growing up, but there are times when i could really get excited about a good polish restaurant. unfortunately there aren't any great ones in DC.
anyhow, looks like a great adventure around town :)

Corbin said...

I went on one adventure to a place I haven't been before yesterday! Mom has been planning on visiting a lot of local places with me this summer, so we should have lots of cool stuff for your contest! And I sure am enjoying it!!!
-Corbin

Benny and Lily said...

We are liking Chicago more and more. All the beautiful neighbors to see!
Benny & Lily

Two Grad Students and a Pittie said...

what a fun visit around chicago. the churches look gorgeous!

Zona said...

What amazing pictures! Mom and papa will definitely have to put this on our list of places to visit. It makes me hungry too!

Wags,
Zona

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

What a great place for a walk!

A&A Friese said...

Love seeing more and more of your city as you guys explore! PS we will be sending in our travel contest "post" soon :)

brooke said...

Love the pictures!
That gelato place sounds YUM!

Two Pugs in a Pod said...

Awww, shucks! You were in our neighborhood, and we missed you! Great photos, we love it around here. :)

Kari in WeHo said...

our neighborhood is full of Russian immigrants and I find it cool to see all the signs in Russian.

We are still in LA till June 10th!

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

road-dog-tales said...

Our Dad loves architecture, especially old buildings. Those are cool. Black Dog Gelato sounds mmmm,mmmm, good! Actually, all this talk of food is making our mouths water! What a cool village to visit!

The Road Dogs

Mr. Pip said...

I love the Ukrainian Village! One of my good friends grew up there (when it was all Ukrainian) and his daughter was baptized at the church in the last picture. I am blanking on the name, but I recognize it from the ceremony.

And yes, I will need a new wagon for the walk. Who would have thought a wagon would be such a hot item! They left our bikes!

Roo said...

Fun! Mom says different cultures make for some of the richest experiences! I say, different cultures make help me broaden my gentleman's palate ;)

Mom is repeating herself. "Did they say Borsch? They said Borsch didn't they? They ate Borsch in the park? Did they really get authentic Borsch?"

Yeah Mom they did and you didn't get any. Neener neener ;P

Waggin at ya,
Roo

Two Pitties in the City said...

Froggy--I don't know much about Roger's Park, but we would love to take the pooches and explore it with you! Contact us through the sidebar if you'd like to meet up for a neighborhood walk sometime--and you should submit it for Tourist Ideas to do with your dog in Chicago Part II!

Susan Campisi said...

That sounds like such a great outing. I've never been to Chicago (other than a stop-over at Union Station when I was taking Amtrak cross-country), but now I really want to visit.

Mary said...

That gelato sounds divine! There are ethnic neighborhoods in St. Louis, but definitely not the diversity I'm sure you have in Chicago. The Hill is pretty close to us. It's an Italian neighborhood and Jason has been going over there to get fresh mozzarella and ravioli. So much better than what you get at the grocery store.

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