West Side

West Side Condos

Chicago’s Near West Side is a great place to see an exciting sporting event, dig into a delicious bowl of Pasta Alfredo or invest in a condo. Remember Michael Jordan? The neighborhood is where the United Center is located and a statue of the superstar still graces the front of the stadium. The Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks play home games here to the cheers of multitudes of sports fans. Those fans have been known to stop in Little Italy before or after games to carbo load on pizza or pasta. Little Italy is a 12-block area where Italian eateries are happy to serve those fans and other visitors.

Rosebud, Francesca’s and Tuscany are some of the well-known restaurants here. The neighborhood was founded in the mid-1800s. Over the decades, wave after wave of immigrants, including Italians, Irish and many others made their ways here. By the 1920s, there were about 200,000 people living in the area with streets lined with sturdy, brick two and three flats. Newcomers also headed to Maxwell Street which is credited as the birthplace of the Chicago Blues. That style of music was innovated by African Americans who came to Chicago from the Mississippi Delta.

Today, streets in this neighborhood still boast two and three flat buildings, many of which have been converted to condos. Because this neighborhood is so close to the Loop and because high rises do not obstruct the views, some of these have gorgeous views to the east of the famed Chicago skylike. They also are appointed with wood trim, have old-fashioned parlors and formal dining rooms and other vintage elements. Just as in days of old when immigrants made this neighborhood boom, the near west side is bustling with activity. Today, it is a site of plenty of new housing including condos. Roosevelt Square is an enclave of new homes: brick townhouses, condos and apartments.

The development is being designed to recall Chicago’s historic, architectural styles and stay in sync with the surrounding neighborboods. Buildings will have brick facades, open balconies, brick porches, flat roofs and decorative iron fencing around them. Every home, including condos, will have an outdoor space either a garden courtyard, outdoor deck or balcony. For people who seek a condo in a more intimate setting than a high rise, Roosevelt Square may just fit the bill. The condos are in three or six-flat structures. Though a bit higher, the scale also is in keeping with the neighborhood’s many low rise at the Lofthaus. This building offer loft-style condos and 20th century materials and details. Seeley Square at 2034 W. Madison Street is a 34-unit mid-rise that has one, two and three bedroom units ranging in price from about $170,000 to $376,000. In addition to being close to the Loop, the neighborhood is energized by well-known institutions. These include the Illinois Medical District which is one of the largest medical districts in the United States and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

These institutions employ thousands who may seek housing close to work. A condo in the neighborhood would be a good investment who wants to purchase a property to rent or in which to live. With its many assets, from the Bull to those bowls of past, the Near West Side is sure to continue to thrive.