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The University Village Association (UVA) welcomes you to Chicago’s historic Near West Side community. Founded in 1981, UVA is a community development organization dedicated to the development and enhancement of our community by supporting programs that address commercial, residential, institutional, economic and cultural needs.

As the Near West Side community continues to grow so does UVA and its service area. As a delegate agency of the city of Chicago, UVA services the area bounded roughly by the Eisenhower Expressway, 16th Street, Western Avenue and the Chicago River. Our location neighbors Downtown Chicago and is readily accessible by all modes of public transportation, taxi and the Eisenhower, Dan Ryan and Kennedy Expressways.

University Village Community

For over a century, immigrants seeking fortune and new opportunities brought their rich heritage to Chicago and settled in what would become to be known as the Little Italy neighborhood. Italians, Greeks, French, Jews, Hispanics and African-Americans all came to Taylor Street to establish businesses and create a new life for themselves. Thanks to their efforts and vision, today many Chicago area residents can trace their family history to the Near West Side.

The University Village Community derives its name from the adjacent learning institutions. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), which anchors the community to the east, is a center for higher learning as well as culture, athletics and academic excellence. On the west side is the Illinois Medical District (IMD), home to major institutions that provide medical services, education and research. Those major institutions are Rush University Medical Center, University of Illinois Medical Center, John H. Stroger, Jr. (Cook County) Hospital and the Jesse Brown Veteran’s Administration West Side Hospital. These institutions along with the Chicago Technology Park provide the core to one of the nation’s largest medical districts.

Beautiful parks and museums, world class medical and educational institutions, nationally renowned restaurants, retail businesses, exceptional residential housing, diverse places of worship and many other opportunities welcome visitors, new residents and businesses to our community. University Village Association and its members are proud to call the Near West Side our home.

John Walsh, President
University Village Association

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