Near West Side

Community Area: Near West Side

Near West Side Open Houses


About Near West Side

Just west of the Loop you’ll find an area that is home to restaurants, shops, official landmarks, and neighborhoods old and new.

The Near West Side is made up of several noteworthy neighborhoods including Fulton River District, the West Loop, Little Italy, Greektown, University Village, and Tri-Taylor. Once a major port of entry and the site of rail yards and factories, the Near West Side has emerged as a thriving community with a robust restaurant and entertainment district.

The area is home to the United Center, where residents can catch a concert or a Bulls or Blackhawks game. Several colleges and universities are also located in the Near West Side such as Malcom X College, Rush University, and University of Illinois at Chicago.

Outdoor recreation opportunities abound in the Near West Side, where residents have access to area parks and green space. Designated Chicago Landmarks such as Hull House, the Union Park Hotel, and West Jackson Boulevard District also make up significant parts of the neighborhood.

Near West Side residents can access surrounding communities via I-90 and I-94 or numerous CTA bus routes and the CTA Blue, Pink, and Green Lines. Nearby Union Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center provide train service throughout the region.