The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) plays host to the Ten x Ten release concert & exhibition this November. Located in the heart of Chicago’s Ukrainian Village, the Institute boasts 2100 square feet of modern gallery space. UIMA is proud to offer not only a regular schedule of fine art exhibits, but also musical and literary events, films, gallery talks and other special events. Currently on view is a selection of works from UIMA’s permanent collection focusing on artwork that was created in Chicago.
In the surrounding “Ukie” neighborhood, it’s easy to bump into both young couples as well as 70 year old Ukrainian ladies out picking up perennials for their gardens at Sprout Home, dining on Middle Eastern food at Chickpea or stocking up on rye bread and Eastern European treats at Ann’s Bakery and Deli.
The neighborhood has been a hub for Ukrainians since the beginning of the 20th century and currently is home to several Ukrainian churches, banks, a grammar school and other cultural institutions. Eclectic shopping options geared toward the young professional crowd have popped up in the last decade, including the colorful and well-stocked Very Best Vintage, comic book and graphic novel superstore Vigilante Press, modern and vintage eyewear heaven Labrabbit Optics and one of the best places to stock up vinyl and local music in the city: Permanent Records.
The Ukrainian Village also offers great dining options, from classic Italian at A Tavola or pub fare taken up a notch at Old Oak Tap to innovative sushi at Arami. If you’re looking for something sweet, try West Town Bakery for vegan options or Hoosier Mama Pie company for some of the best pies you’ll ever taste.
We look forward to enjoying this vibrant neighborhood on November 16th, when Ten x Ten is celebrated with a Release Exhibition & Concert at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. Tickets are available here.
Photo courtesy Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art.