5.7 out of 10

University Village

Ranked 44th best neighborhood in Chicago
41.8670142279551 -87.6603778713975
Great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Youthful Spirit and a nice, clean, environment"

First, I'm 25 years old, I didn't go to school in Chicago, but my age does bias me in favor of areas with a lot of pretty girls. With a name like University Village, you might expect a school, and you'd be right. The University is a real god send for the area. The increased number of young women (besides being easy on the eyes) has forced the police to up their game. I went to school at the University of Iowa, and even out in Iowa they had to be vigilant or young women would be attacked. In the city the danger is that much greater, as a result, the police have a greater presence, which provides a much safer place to visit or live.

I've heard people talk about the gentrification in the area before, but I think that's a good thing. Yeah, there are more chain coffee shops like Starbucks around, but I like Starbucks! I'd say anything that brings more money into the area is a good thing.

The extra money has done a lot, too. Many of the buildings have, over the last few years, been renovated. Some old buildings that were looking rundown have had facelifts, both inside and out. While I'm sure the area isn't immune to the housing crisis happening right now, I'd still say if you're looking, University Village may be for you.

Transportation is exceptional, and walking around is more fun in the area. It's good to see a lot of young people. Reminds me of college. And again, pretty girls. Give it a look.
Pros
  • Youthful energy
  • Very Safe
  • Great bars and clubs
Cons
  • Not for everyone
  • It might be getting a bit commercial
  • A bit expensive, although not too bad
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"University Village - College Town U.S.A."

University Village used to be Little Italy. First, half the neighborhood was bulldozed to build the University of Illinois Chicago. Hey, I guess they did have to put it somewhere. Then, decades later, the rest of the neighborhood was bulldozed to create ‘University Village.’

For anyone who grew up in Chicago or spent any time in the neighborhood at all before this latest development will find University Village bizarre at best. Maxwell Street Market? Not quite. There are all brand new townhomes and condos, and what looks like a ready-made, pre-fabricated college downtown transplanted into the city. It’s weird.

The neighborhood is definitely safer than it was, but if students don’t venture far from this area they won’t experience a city or Chicago whatsoever.

There’s a bunch of chain restaurants, stores and bars that cater to the college crowd. Which is fine, considering there’s a college there. But I see absolutely no reason to visit or live in this neighborhood unless you go to UIC.

HOWEVER, there are still some Italian restaurants in the area, and Greektown is right there too. The new developments haven’t taken over the entire neighborhood, although I wouldn’t be surprised if they did at some point. You can definitely still find good food, but will have to get out of bizarro-world first.
Cons
  • students only
Recommended for
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"An area of the city marked by rapid change"

University Village is the name of a area in Chicago that has undergone a tremendous amount of development. Located in the shadow of the ever expanding University of Illinois at Chicago campus, University Village was built in part to cater to the large student body population.

The number of new and high end homes as well as new businesses that have been located in the area is quite impressive and makes from a stark departure from the areas past. Those visiting after a number of years will be stunned to see the tremendous difference that has taken place.

The Maxwell Street area has been replaced by high end, well, just about everything. Today, much of the areas character and charm has been replaced with a highly commercialized look. Those who liked the old look and feel of the area will no doubt be disappointed and shocked by the transition. Yet, there is no way around it, University Village is an interesting place to visit, especially if you are already on the Southside of Chicago or nearby.

With ample shopping and activities, a trip to University Village can be a fun time. In addition, the newly remodeled and expanded UIC campus also makes for great walking and has fantastic views of downtown Chicago.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Young Community With Much to Offer"

Neighbored by Little Italy, University Village is just west of the Loop. For those in search of a youthful area close to downtown, this is the place. Recent growth in the area has created a diverse community, which is centered on the University of Chicago at Illinois. The ethnic diversity of University Village is matched only by its youthful charm.

The community that makes up University Village is influenced by its proximity to Little Italy. The area around the University is vibrant and exciting, making it the perfect place for students and young professionals. There is plenty to do in this happening area, although it is not the ideal choice when in search of tranquility. Although there are plenty of residential streets, the innately college-age feeling of University Village makes it a bit too noisy for the older crowd.

If it’s fun you’re looking for, you’ll find it here. With easy access Little Italy, the Loop, and most other noted Chicago neighborhoods, University Vill
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5
2yrs+

"Great area for the college crowd"

The University of Illinois Chicago campus is parallel to University Village. Heavily populated and influenced by the college crowd, University Village is joined by Little Italy in the southwest part of Chicago. It's a down to earth, yet hip crowd with plenty to do. Just blocks from the heavily populated University, and filled with shops, cafes, bakeries, pizzerias, and stores. A great place for the younger crowd or college student. There is something for every college student here, and a great place to live for anyone who enjoys the laid back college lifestyle. collegeic
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Rapid change and development."

When I started college the walk from the west side of campus to the east side was interesting at best and scary at worst.

By the time I graduated there had been a townhouse and and condo development started and shopping was expanding from the people selling socks by the expressway.

On Taylor street there are a ton of great options from Pompeii to Francesca's. One of my favorite food spots is Thai Bowl. I always got the red chicken curry- and since moving to the suburbs have many times considered driving into the city just for this.

Another tasty place is an Italian Ice place that is only open in the spring and summer the best Italian ice in the city of Chicago.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
2yrs+

"Caters to young twenty-somethings"

Taking its name from the University of Illinois, University Village – along with neighboring/semi-integrated Little Italy – was one of the first Chicago neighborhoods, and today is mainly a residential spot. Landmarks here are few and far between, but there are a couple of things that the casual visitor might be interested in seeing, including Barbara’s Bookstore (which houses stacks and stacks of used books) and Mario’s Italian Lemonade (which is in the area that is somehow both University Village and Little Italy).

As this neighborhood is home to a university, you can expect it to be brimming with young twenty-somethings almost around the clock – and of course local businesses take this type of clientele into consideration. As this area caters to them, students especially find it endearing, but if you are past the average grad student age, you may want to look into real estate in another locale.
There are a lot of commercial chains springing up in University Village (read: Starbucks), and overall there isn’t a whole lot of (in my opinion) unique activity going down that would interest an out-of-town visitor.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great campus in a great city!"

I go to UIC so I am around this area very often. The atmosphere is obviously of a college campus, student always bustling around, which I personally love. There are always kids running to and from class, ear buds dangling down, chatting with their friends. I've always been drawn to the city for college, and this was a perfect pick. There are tons of places to eat around here and it is close to many well-known Chicago spots. The El stop is right there, and there are also many bus stops in the general vicinity. All in all, this is a great spot in a great city will all the potential in the world!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

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