Tri-Taylor, roughly bordered by Halsted Street, Western Avenue, the Eisenhower Expressway and 15th Street, encompasses Chicago's Little Italy, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Illinois Medical District. Once a port of entry for new immigrants, the turn of the century found this area was packed with people from all over the world. Today, Tri-Taylor is anchored by the University of Illinois at Chicago and Chicago's medical district. On the east end of Tri-Taylor, UIC is undergoing a major expansion. It also sold off a large swath of land that has been developed into University Village, a residential neighborhood with hundreds of new homes.
Located two miles west of the Loop, the Near West Side is one of 77 defined community areas that make up the city of Chicago. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Near West Side was divided predominately along ethnic lines, with distinct neighborhoods reflecting the nationality of those who inhabited it. However, in the mid-20th century, the area became less and less residential, as expressways and the University of Illinois at Chicago took up large parts of what was previously housing. In recent years, redevelopment and renovation has led to a rebirth in the Near West Side, making the area one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the city.
Tri-Taylor features a variety of affordably-priced housing options including new-construction and rehabbed lofts, 19th century row homes, town homes, single-family homes, two- and three-flats and larger vintage apartment buildings.The average sales price of a single-family home in Tri-Taylor in 2014 was $508,300.
The neighborhood is served by the Chicago Public School system, which offers public education to children from grades K-12. The I-290 and I-90 expressways are conveniently located on the Near West Side, providing easy transportation to the city and beyond. The CTA operates the Blue, Green and Pink 'L' lines, as well as many CTA bus routes. Metra and Amtrak service is easily accessible at Ogilvie and Union Stations, providing service throughout the city and suburbs, as well as across the country.
Tri-Taylor is a bustling area thanks to a number of government, business and community organizations working to further its development. It offers a convenient location for those who work in one of several nearby teaching hospitals or a neighboring high-tech research park. Residents can enjoy a slice of Chicago history along Taylor Street, the heart of Little Italy, which includes a number of legendary Italian restaurants. Chicago's famed Greektown dining district along Halsted Street is also nearby.