University Village neighborhood

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The University Village neighborhood shares its name with a large residential and commercial development that began in the late 90s. The neighborhood is part of Near West Side, one of the city's 77 official community areas.

The neighborhood's boundaries are 16th St to the Eisenhower Expy, the Dan Ryan Expy to Ashland Ave (1600 W). Little Italy / Taylor Street is a part of University Village.

ZIP codes: 60607, 60608.

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ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Where’s YoChicago been lately?

Wells Street, Chicago

In the course of a typical month YoChicago stops at 100s of places in dozens of Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs. We don’t write about all of them, but we do snap photos and video clips for use in current and future videos and posts. Here’s a look at just a few of the places we’ve ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 18, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

An updated look at The Maxwell

The Maxwell, Canal & Taylor, Chicago

Some low-intensity site prep work was underway when I visited the site of The Maxwell in the early afternoon yesterday. The Bond Companies’ website is anticipating delivery of 200,000 square feet of retail space in the Fall of 2013 at The Maxwell, a 3.9 acre mixed-use development underway between Clinton and Canal, just north of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 28, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New apartment Fitz and starts

Atrium Village aerial rendering

FitzGerald Associates‘ email newsletter arrives with the subject line “All the News That’s Fitz,” making the architectural firm a fit target for headline puns. Yesterday’s edition alerted us to final City Council zoning approvals for two projects – one that was familiar (Atrium Village, albeit with an unfamiliar rendering, above) and another that wasn’t (200 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 9, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Demolition nearly complete on site for The Maxwell

Chernin's Shoes site Chicago

The Bond Companies’ website is touting delivery of 200,000 square feet of retail space in the Fall of 2013 at The Maxwell, a 3.9 acre mixed-use development underway between Clinton and Canal, just north of Roosevelt Rd. As you can see from the photo, shot yesterday morning, only a small piece of skeletal façade remains ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 18, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Lofts for rent at University Commons

University Commons, Chicago

For nearly 75 years the sprawling complex that’s now University Commons was South Water Market, six warehouse buildings that formed the city’s major produce distribution center. In the mid-2000s the Fugard and Knapp-designed buildings were converted into 926 condominiums, and their ornate terra cotta facades were restored. An additional floor was created atop the existing ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 4, 2012
ChicagoWest / Southwest

The outdoor art scene in Lawndale

Lawndale graffiti

Yesterday’s travels found me shooting video at a rental high-rise in the South Loop, viewing lofts in University Village, and checking out the outdoor art scene on the streets of Lawndale after a tour of 26th Street shops (video). My first stop in Lawndale was just east of Kedzie on 27th Street, a must-visit location ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 4, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

University Village, from the air and on the ground

University Village aerial

Driving south along the Dan Ryan Expressway, just south of Roosevelt Rd, you encounter a sea of rooftop air-conditioning units. You’re seeing a part of the sprawling newer housing development that shares a name with the larger University Village neighborhood. You can get a ground-level view of UV in our photo album at Flickr and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 8, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Views on the cheap – University Village and South Loop

University Village views

If you’re a view junkie but can’t afford a high floor on the north side, check out the views from the South Loop and University Village. This shot was taken from the ramp to the parking lot at Whole Foods, Roosevelt Rd & Canal St.

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 11, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

3 beds, 3 baths, bonus room in the steeple

1046 W Polk, Chicago

A 3-bedroom, 3-bath condo in a former church in University Village is being sold “as is,” and it looks like you might need a ladder to get to that bonus room. The listing touts the 3,200 square foot unit, at 1046 W Polk St, as a “massive value.” No one agreed at the original listing ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 25, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

From church to condo in Little Italy

Mark Boyer at Curbed has gotten a kick out of the number of church conversions going on around town, and recently published a post about one at 1046 W Polk St in Little Italy that’s been marketed whole and as a divvied-up condo building. In January, anyone browsing the listings would see the entire 11,800-square ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on March 9, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

What $1,850 will get in 60607

Paper Place Lofts, 801 S Wells St, Chicago

The median price of the 96 homes listed for rent in 60607, the ZIP code covering much of the West Loop, University Village, and a small sliver of Printers Row, is $1,850. Three units are available at this price — one in each of those three neighborhoods. West Loop: Unit #1204A at Emerald, 125 S ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 11, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New magnet school planned for old Jefferson School in University Village

Following months of lobbying by area residents, Chicago Public Schools approved a plan to open a new K-8 magnet school in the former Jefferson School at 1522 W Fillmore St in University Village, Chicago Journal reports. The STEM Magnet School would be the first academy in Chicago to emphasize science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on January 14, 2011

Half-mil homes: New listings near $500K

Yesterday afternoon I pulled up a list of homes priced at or near $500,000 (a range of $490,000 to $510,000, if you must know), that have been on the MLS for no more than 30 days. Here are seven examples of homes currently on the market for a half-million in neighborhoods spread across the city. ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on August 24, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New cut takes University Village single-family 28 percent below '07 sale price

A single-family at 1454 S Emerald Ave, featured around the midpoint of this recent University Village tour video with Realtor Gary Lucido, is now available for 27.7 percent below its 2007 sale price following yet another reduction. The six-bedroom / 3.5-bath home sold in March ’07 for $1.2 million, went back on the market the ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on May 24, 2010

Quote of the day: Deadline day

It’s absolutely crazy. Getting multiple offers on some listings. Lots of people who were on the fence have come down. Lots of last minute showings for people who are intent on writing by today. I’m going to analyze the data this weekend. No doubt business will die starting Saturday and some buyers have purposely waited ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 30, 2010

Lucido in University Village: Rental options and cab convenience

In this segment from our University Village tour, Gary Lucido of Lucid Realty and Getting Real discusses a renter’s options in the neighborhood and where to find them. The conversation also turns back to the question of public transportation in the area, and where a person will have the most luck hailing a cab.

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 26, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Housing options and price ranges in University Village

In this third segment of our University Village tour, Realtor Gary Lucido talks about the neighborhood’s wide variety of housing options, price ranges, and recent resale history.

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 21, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Gary Lucido in University Village, Part 2: Recreational spaces and townhome prices

In the second segment of our University Village video tour, Realtor Gary Lucido discusses one of the most convenient amenities near his home: a UIC recreational field located between Newberry Avenue and Morgan Street, just north of 14th Place. By simply crossing the street, Gary’s family and neighbors can take advantage of several soccer and ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 16, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A sunny morning tour of University Village with Realtor Gary Lucido

Yesterday Joe and I traveled south down Halsted to meet Realtor and Chicago Now blogger Gary Lucido outside home in University Village. Gary, who has lived in University Village for half a dozen years, gave us a tour of the neighborhood and talked about home values and availability in the area. In this first segment ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 14, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

City views and a city park at Union Row

From the street-facing units on the eastern end of Union Row, residents will have views of downtown Chicago, from the West Loop all the way around to the South Loop, as well as easy access to the newly expanded Jefferson Playlot Park on the other side of West 16th Street. In this video, Belgravia Group ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 10, 2010