If you’d like the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls as neighbors, United Center Park is the place to be since the community centers around the United Center, which also hosts concerts featuring everyone from opera stars to pop stars. In addition, residents will enjoy local restaurants, hip lounges (both Betty’s Blue Star and the Cobra) plus public transportation and affordable housing—all just one mile west of the Loop.
Head two and a half miles southwest of the Loop to find University Village, also known asLittle Italy. In addition to having two names, the area has two personalities. Depending on where you live and what you do, you can experience a collegiate atmosphere on the University of Illinois Chicago campus or the old world ambiance found in historic churches, visits to the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, shopping on Maxwell Street, or dining at Italian restaurants on Taylor Street. The community also has its own Columbus Day Parade and Festa Italiana.
A little more than six miles north of the city center stands Uptown where indoor entertainment awaits at the historic Aragon Ballroom and Green Mill, while outdoor fun can be had at annual street fests, beachfront parks and piers. Best of all, the diverse neighborhood includes a variety of housing options from inexpensive apartments to pricey mansions.