I have lived in several places in Chicago but I love Ukrainian Village best. It feels like a real neighborhood. Old houses, families that have been here for generations, a real sense of culture. St. Nicholas Catholic Cathedral seems to be the cultural and spiritual center of the neighborhood. I have written previously on the cathedral here, here and here. However, there are many churches in the area including Russian Orthodox church, Holy Trinity, designed by Louis Sullivan and Saints Volodymyr & Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church on the other side of Chicago avenue.
As a result, we run into processions of various sorts, religious and national, with little warning. It is simply marvelous. One time in early January, we encountered a midnight Christmas procession. People were carrying various religious artifacts and singing. It was surprising, since we don’t think about Julian calendar much in our Gregorian-biased world. There is nothing like coming home late one cold night to people in singing in the middle of the street. It was peaceful and beautiful. Every year since we keep hoping we’ll catch them again but so far it has not happened.