West Town: Ukrainian Village & East Village
South of Wicker Park, you'll find a slice of Eastern European heritage in the area that encompasses Ukrainian Village and East Village. The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art and the Ukrainian National Museum offer a glimpse into the country's past and present-day living. While the neighborhood is home to plenty of first and second-generation immigrants, it's also home to young American artists who hang at the neighborhood's drinking wells along Division Street.
For an evening that will undoubtedly put a smile on your face, check out Happy Village. Indoor patrons enjoy ping pong and a jukebox while outdoor drinkers bask in one of Chicago's best beer gardens. If you're looking for the live alternative to a jukebox, head to Empty Bottle on Western Avenue where nationally emerging bands put their stamp on the Chicago music scene. Before the show, pick up your own bottle of red or white and stop next door at Bite Cafe for low-priced deliciousness.