1359 W. Taylor St.,
1500 W. Taylor St.,
UIC University Village/Little Italy Chicago Real Estate Apartment for Sale / Rentals
Location: 2.5 miles southwest of the Loop, more specifically: the Eisenhower Expressway (400S) to the north, the Dan Ryan Expressway (750W) to the east, 16th Street (1600S) to the south and Ashland Avenue (1600W) to the west
Nearby Neighborhoods: West Loop, South Loop, Pilsen, The Loop, Medical District
Zip Codes: 60606-60612, 60661
As with most neighborhoods, the area known as University Village has been an evolution. In the early 20th Century it was really comprised of two neighborhoods: Little Italy with its very large Italian population and the near west neighborhood known as University Village with the University of Illinois (UIC) at its center. The area also earned fame under another name, which was the Maxwell Street Market where you could buy or sell just about anything. That marketplace moved and though Little Italy remained, it has grown littler over the years as UIC has expanded its campus, along with housing for students and faculty and even athletic facilities.
Today, the two neighborhoods (Little Italy and University Village) share the same zip code and are considered by many to be one area, but that isn’t completely true. Luckily, for those who love the flavor of the old world—when it comes to architecture and food—the best of the Italian culture can still be found here. You can get a true taste of it not only in fabulous restaurants and in Little Italy’s festivals and parades, but in proud Greystones and other old world buildings that still stand. UIC University Village and Little Italy really combine the best of both worlds for those with a zesty appetite for learning and great food. And don’t forget, Chicago’s Loop is a hop, skip and quick Blue Line El ride (or ride on the Eisenhower Expressway) away from the UIC campus and Taylor Street.
Food for Thought: Here’s an idea: try this whole area for superb dining of all kinds and varieties. You must begin, however, with Italian antipasti at any number of famous and luscious restaurants in Little Italy, including Francesca’s on Taylor (1400 W. Taylor) and the Rosebud Café (1500 W. Taylor). Count on the Rosebud Café for a Chicken Vesuvio that will cause an eruption of joy in your mouth. Al’s Italian Beef (1700 W. Taylor) is also a Chicago classic. And for something deliciously different, Time Out Chicago recommends La Taberna Tapas (1301 S. Halsted) for soft, spicy meat balls (abondigas) and the most amazing, sizzling shrimp. Since Mike Loves Italian Food, you’ll also want to try his favorites which include Tuscany, Marios Italian Lemonade, Davanti Enotica and Rosal’s. All are located on Taylor. For more information on these and other restaurants head for www.chicago.menupages.com
Browsing Housing: Over the years, this whole area has undergone significant real estate development, including a lot of newly constructed housing erected to accommodate faculty and students of UIC. Home hunters will also find ample non-university housing opportunities. There are converted mid-rise loft buildings, townhomes, walk-up condominiums and detached single family homes. Two flat Greystones dot the area and you may be lucky enough to find that million dollar dream house for a more down to earth price, especially if you team up with Michael Kaufman of Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. Mike knows this area and where to find exceptional residential opportunities.
|Property Type:||Price Range|
|One bedroom condos||$175,000 to $313,000|
|Two bedroom condos||$225,000 to $730,000|
|Three bedroom condos & TH’s||$340,000 to $800,000|
|Detached Single Family Homes||$407,000 to $1,620,000|