The Dobbs Group welcomes you to University Village & Little Italy!
Step into the Old World as you stroll down Taylor Street while sampling popular Italian food, classic cocktails, and fare from the growing number of other foodie venues. There is also a robust music, art, and cultural scene around the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. An added bonus is the short walk to some of the city’s top eateries in the West Loop and Fulton Market District. Perhaps you’re searching for your first home, or considering a relocation to this wonderful city, either from the suburbs or out of state and University Village is on your short list of neighborhoods to explore? Or do you live in Little Italy and want more space? Are you on the selling side and you need a Realtor that specializes in Little Italy to sell your beautiful home? Whatever your real estate needs may be, I am confident we can be your thoughtful and knowledgeable guide in exploring University Village and the many housing styles this wonderful neighborhood offers.
The vibrant and multicultural neighborhoods of University Village and Little Italy are embodied in the historic stretch of West Taylor Street and the UIC campus. Here you will find families that have called the neighborhood home for many generations, alongside young professionals and students attending UIC and Rush University Medical School. Taylor Street is infamous for its association with the Italian mafia culture during the prohibition era and was a known stomping ground of Al Capone and other well known figures in the mob.
Housing options range from new build condos, townhomes and single family homes to vintage walk-up buildings, often ‘old school’ living above the shop and plenty of rental housing to accommodate students and young professionals. Prices range from $200K to $1M, with rental prices at $900 to $6200 per month.
Little Italy and University Village are located in close proximity to the Chicago Loop business district, Pilsen, and Chinatown. Little Italy is within the boundaries of one of the city’s top elementary schools, STEM Magnet Academy.
Our Favorite Places
One of our favorite dining spots is Chez Joel, a french classic in the heart of Little Italy! “Chez Joël creates the tastes and aromas of Southern French cuisine. Reminiscent of a true French bistro; the walls are adorned with French posters and tables covered with butcher paper. The cozy environment makes Chez Joël the perfect spot for any romantic meal, and when the weather permits, garden tables offer an open-air experience where you’ll find one of the most divine al fresco dining settings in the city.”
The Latino Cultural Center at the UIC campus is well worth the short trek to the neighborhood and you can grab dinner at Carnitas Don Pedro, Tufano’s or after your visit. “There is a saying in Spanish, con el corazón en mano (with the heart in hand), which implies that someone is coming to you or welcoming you with honest and peaceful intentions. The Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center at UIC does just that for Latinxs and anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge about the cultural heritage of Latinx communities and advocate for social and environmental justice.”
Fiorie’s Delicatessen is the #1 traditional Italian deli on Taylor Street. Enjoy quality meats, cheeses, pastries and custom sandwiches that will warm your stomach and make you feel like you are eating from your Italian Grandmother’s home kitchen. Be sure to take home some homemade pasta sauce and their divine pesto!
Mario’s Italian Lemonade is the standard for Italian ice and lemonade stand vendors in Chicago. Step right up to Mario’s window and pick from a selection of dozens of flavors. Our favorite flavor is watermelon, be sure not to miss it when it’s in season!
How the Dobbs Group can help you buying a home?
How the Dobbs Group can help you sell your home?
In Good Hands
What do you look for in the Top University Village & Little Italy Real Estate Agents? Someone with a vast understanding of Chicago neighborhoods? How about an invaluable partner and fierce advocate? You should never settle for anyone who isn’t always striving to exceed your expectations!
What people are saying about working with Debra?
“Debra is an absolute joy to work with; she makes a process that can be overwhelming and frustrating relatively painless…when it came time for us to negotiate it was clear that Debra was our advocate. Debra has a strong intuition and is a great reader of people.” HOLLY WISNIEWSKI HAWES
“I can’t recommend Debra Dobbs enough for a buyer who needs a trustworthy, knowledgeable and professional real estate agent. She is more than an agent – she’s a well-respected consultant in her field and one of the best I have ever worked with.” KATIE SHANNON
“I have always found Debra to be professional, fair and sensitive to the needs of her clients. She puts her clients’ interests and needs first and foremost.” ELISSA SCRAFANO
“We never felt rushed to make a decision as Debra would routinely say: ‘I want you to get the property that’s right for you, and I’ll show you as many properties as it takes until you do’.” MITCH WALSH
“Debra was professional, knowledgeable and fought for us to get the deal closed when issues arose. Great job, Debra!” MICHAEL FEINGLASS
Homes For Sale in University Village & Little Italy
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