The domes of St. Nicholas Catholic church tower above Chicago’s Ukrainian Village, its leafy streets and three-story, flat-top brick apartment buildings.
After the Sunday morning mass in Ukrainian, the congregation migrates downstairs for coffee and pastries. George Matwyshyn, a retired laboratory manager, serves as a parishioner at St. Nicholas.
Founded in 1915, St. Nicholas is both an architectural landmark and an anchor of the community, offering weekend classes that teach children about the Ukrainian language and culture.
Like many Ukrainian-Americans of his generation, Mr. Matwyshyn’s parents emigrated to the United States following the Second World War. His father was a partisan who fought against the Soviets.
Far from being a party ideologue, he voted for President Barack Obama in 2008, Republican Mitt Romney in 2012 and socialist Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary against Hillary Clinton this year.
Now Mr. Matwyshyn, 65, is leaning toward picking Ms. Clinton on November 8, but only because he’s sure that Mr. Trump will be bad for Ukraine. The former secretary of state is harder for him to read.
“The situation is disgusting,” Mr. Matwyshyn said of the election. “Trump will sell Eastern Europe down the river, Clinton may or may not.”
The St. Nicholas parishioner is part of a community of some 100,000 Ukrainians in Chicago, which has one of the largest Ukrainian diaspora communities in the United States.