University Village / Little Italy
University Village, also known as Little Italy, is on the near west side of downtown Chicago. The neighborhood was coined "University Village" because of its proximity to University of Illinois at Chicago. The eye-catching architecture includes old church facades that overlook one of University Village's many lush, green parks.
Locals frequent the multitude of book and comic shops, thrift shops, and boutiques. Although University Village has a variety of dining options on busy Taylor Street, the majority of them are Italian. Popular restaurants include The Rosebud, Tuscany Taylor, and Tufano's Vernon Park Tap. Neighboring Greek Town has a multitude of beloved gems, as well.
University Village is a few minutes from the Kennedy expressway. Although the downtown Loop is walking distance, the UIC-Halsted stop of the CTA L blue line goes directly to the Loop as well as to O'Hare International Airport. Nearby Union and Ogilvie Stations go to the southern, western, and northern suburbs via Metra Trains and to several states around the country via Amtrak trains.