Once home to Italian immigrants, Little Italy and University Village saw great change in the early 1960s, when the University of Illinois relocated its Chicago campus to the Near West Side.
Little Italy and University Village are a combination of two separate communities coming together as one. This growing neighborhood on Chicago’s near southwest side is also densely populated with those who seek out a quiet, residential area in the shadow of Chicago’s famous skyline. You’ll find more action as you see students and faculty rushing to class or hanging out on campus near the University Village side, while the Little Italy section is much calmer and residential with locals socializing on the front steps of their homes.
The true heart of the neighborhood is Taylor Street, where you’ll find long-time Italian restaurants and delis that span generations. The streets of Little Italy/University Village are also lined with eye-catching architecture and history, from Jane Addams Hull House Museum to The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii and the Notre Dame de Chicago. Take a stroll along Lexington Street for an eyeful of Italianate architecture, including the John Coughlan House built in 1871. The neighborhood is also known for its many churches, like Saint Basil and Holy Family.
The boundaries are Congress to the North. 16th Street to the South. Ashland to the West and the Dan Ryan to the East.
In the neighborhood you can find two-flats, small condominium buildings, converted lofts and warehouses and town house communities.
Price sales range $45,000 – $1,450,000.
Median home value $290,000.