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Let's Explore Ukrainian Village!

Let's take advantage of today's mild weather and head out for a nice long walk to explore Ukrainian Village!  I hear there's quite a few historic residential structures from the late 1800's as well as a number of classic eastern European churches along the route!  Bring your cameras for some terrific photography opportunities.

We will meet at Polonia Park atop the Division Street Blue Line Stop at 2pm.  After assembling the group, we'll head west along Division street before descending into this historical neighborhood following the route pictured here and also found at this link The distance of this trip is about three miles.  Please dress in layers, wear comfortable shoes and bring along a warm beverage if you like!


If you'd care to do a bit of reading ahead of time, you can learn a bit more about Ukrainian Village and the historic district here at this Wikepedia link.  Also, here's an article from The Reader about the starting point of our journey:  Article Link.  And finally, here are some Quotes from Nelson Algren, a famous author who lived in the neighborhood and wrote about the poeple who made this area home in earlier times.


** If you're in the mood for ribs, join us for lunch at 1pm at Smoke Daddy's.  1804 W. Division.  **  http://www.thesmokedaddy.com/

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  • Daniel W.

    Lovely day for a walk with good company. Interesting conversation after too!

    December 29, 2013

  • Sarah B

    A wonderful last minute idea from Tom - what a great event! Thanks!!

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Judi G.

    What a great idea to do this walk!! Thank you, Tom. The weather was fantastic, the neighborhood was wonderful. Had a great time.

    December 29, 2013

  • leslie

    Very nice photos. Can we do this community again when the weather breaks? Were you able to go inside some of the churches? The interior shots would of been fantastic.

    December 29, 2013

  • Christine P

    Perfect afternoon for a walk! Polonia Park Triangle was easy to get to -- an excellent choice to meet. Tom shared history about the area along the route. I am glad to see numerous home restorations, not only demolitions. There was an interesting apartment/condo building on Western Avenue blending old and new: using the front of an old church and expanding with new steel. Thanks Tom for posting and leading this walk!

    December 29, 2013

  • Tom B.

    Perfect weather to explore a new neighborhood for us!

    December 29, 2013

  • Mike B.

    My 1st Meetup with the Explorers- great meetup, had a great time walking through the Ukrainian neighborhood, talking with fellow explorers. Tom was great, people were fun to be with and the weather was excellent. All around great day!

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • Jasminka

    Great as usual.

    December 28, 2013

  • leslie

    If I'd known about this a week ago I could of made it. Unfortunately I made another committment that I couldn't get out of. I guess we won't see any more 50 degree days until spring. Are there any indoor activities planned during the winter months?

    December 28, 2013

  • Heather

    A lot of fun,

    December 28, 2013

  • Annette

    What a terrific walk with friendly people, and we enjoyed the after-"party" in the bar too. Thanks SO much for posting this last -minute meetup!

    December 28, 2013

  • KrisT

    Oh, sorry, I didn't see this until it was too late! Hope it was fun!

    December 28, 2013

  • Annette

    I'm here by the green fountain, black hat

    December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    looking for a parking spot now

    December 28, 2013

  • Jasminka

    I just got the info hope to be on time. Look forward to a walk.

    December 28, 2013

  • Loretta B. C.

    What a great idea! Too bad I didn't check my email earlier. Oh well, have a great walk everyone!

    December 28, 2013

  • Wendy G

    Ribs sounds great. I may be there at 1:10. This my first meet up with the group so please keep me posted where u sit by so I can find you guys! Thanks

    December 28, 2013

    • Tom B.

      The restaurant is pretty small ..... we'll keep an eye out for you.

      December 28, 2013

  • Gabrielle D.

    Sounds good.

    December 28, 2013

  • Heather

    Ribs sound good

    December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In St. Louis, so cannot attend. But am so happy this group is meeting today!

    December 28, 2013

  • Tom B.

    If you're in the mood for ribs, join us for lunch at 1pm at Smoke Daddy's. 1804 W. Division. ** http://www.thesmokedaddy.com/

    1 · December 28, 2013

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