Author: Maria Korkatsch-Groszko

CHICAGO – Nearly six months after Russia launched a full-scale war on Ukraine, more than 1,500 people gathered on August 20 in the AON Grand Ballroom at Chicago’s Navy Pier under the motto “Ukraine Forever” to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the country’s renewed independence. The celebration was organized by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America-Illinois Division (UCCA-Ill.) and the Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago. Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale war on Ukraine, several television newscasters and reporters have been providing thorough coverage of the war and all of the related activities being organized by the Ukrainian community…

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CHICAGO – The Greater Chicago Jewish Festival was held in the Cook County Forest Preserve in Morton Grove, Ill., on June 12. This year’s biennial festival, produced by the non-profit Jewish Production Organization for Cultural Events and Theater (POCET), featured a special segment focused on the war in Ukraine.   Founded and chaired by Michael M. Lorge in 1980, the festival is the longest-running Jewish festival in the United States and it is the largest Jewish cultural event in Chicago. This year, the festival program featured “A Moment for Ukraine” segment intended to recognize the crisis in Ukraine and to…

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CHICAGO – When Russia launched its full-scale war on Ukraine on February 24, the Ukrainian community of Chicago and suburbs gathered for a spontaneous rally at Ss. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church in protest of the criminal assault on Ukraine. Since that day, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America-Illinois Division (UCCA-Ill.), in collaboration with the Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago, has been actively organizing and participating in fundraisers, vigils and rallies in support of Ukraine. Many of those events also included the participation of specials guests. Most notably, on March 19, in a low-key visit to Chicago, former…

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BLOOMINGDALE, Ill – Taking into account ongoing COVID-19 pandemic regulations, the Ukrainian Genocide Famine Foundation invited the Ukrainian community of Illinois to participate in a virtual Ecumenical Memorial Service in memory of the victims of the Holodomor. The service was live-streamed on September 26 on the St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral-Orthodox Church of Ukraine YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClbtFOPAdd2sQ4Oz-Oylomg). Clergy officiating the service represented the various parishes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Responses during the service were sung by the St. Andrew Choir under the direction of Taras Rudenko. The memory of the Holodomor victims was honored…

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CHICAGO – The last weekend of August was filled with celebration here as the Ukrainian community marked the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence.

The festivities began on August 27 with the raising of the Ukrainian flag in Chicago’s Daley Plaza by members of Post 32 of the Ukrainian American Veterans. The flag was raised alongside the flags of the United States and the city of Chicago.

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BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. – Members of the Ukrainian community in Illinois marked the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence with a gala concert and an ecumenical prayer on August 28.

The event, held in collaboration with the Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago, was hosted by St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Bloomingdale, Ill.

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