In the midst of the Ukraine crisis unfolding in Eastern Europe, Chicago is home to a large Ukrainian community of its own, with many members maintaining deep connections to the people and organizations facing the crisis. As a result, there are dozens of Ukrainian-owned businesses you can support locally.
Along with supporting local businesses, TAS Gives Back + The Apartment Source is pleased to announce that a portion of our profits from March and April will be donated to the Ukrainian relief fund. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the relief fund where you can donate directly, click here.
Delta Gift Shop
Want to give a unique gift that also supports the local Ukrainian community? This Chicago Avenue store offers a plethora of imported items, including traditional garments and textiles, art, souvenirs, hand-painted eggs, decorative home goods, and religious paraphernalia. Since opening its doors in 1960, it has claimed to be the largest of its kind.
Ann’s Bakery and Deli
Support small businesses and try delicious treats like tart rye bread and full-scale deli at Ann’s Bakery and Deli! This local business is renowned for its dedicated clientele and commitment to the community. According to the Chicago Tribune, the sign on the door reads: ‘Ann’s Bakery and Deli no longer supplies Russian-made products!.’ Be sure to stop by for a tasty treat in Chicago’s very own Ukrainian Village.
Looking to support a local + women-owned business? Take a look at Tarnish! A moto boutique that offers motorcycle gear, clothing, gifts, and more! According to an interview, owner Nicole Everhart, says she started the business because “for a long time the industry, run by men, said if it’s for a woman, it’s going to be all pink and glittery.” Nicole decided to challenge this industry-norm and start her own company where women can find high quality products without all the pink and glitter.
Ukrainian National Museum
Explore the growing collection of Ukrainian artifacts, artwork, musical instruments, and embroidered folk costumes at one of the largest Ukrainian museums in the USA. The museum is currently showcasing a folk art exhibition, along with recently renovated permanent exhibits including Ukrainian-American history. Admission is free for members, or $10 for adults, $5 for students, and all children 12 and under are free.