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University Village’s locale puts it within close distance of all of Chicago’s exceptional recreational opportunities, with ample parkland and the shores of Lake Michigan all within easy reach. Take a bike ride and enjoy the cool lake breeze, or spend a day relaxing on one of the city’s beautiful beaches.

Residents can also benefit from the recreational opportunities, which include a pool, exercise classes, workout equipment and more, made available at the UIC Chicago Circle Center on Halsted Street or the Chicago Illini Union on Wolcott Avenue.

The community’s senior population can take advantage of the array of activities offered through the Chicago Department on Aging Central/West Senior Center located at Ogden and Harrison. Stepping classes, tai chi, wellness programs, special trips and events, and educational offerings are just some of the diversions available at this facility.

Within a short walking distance of Taylor Street, University Village residents can access a handful of popular community parks utilized by thousands for both active and passive diversions.


There are several parks in the area, all of which are maintained by the Chicago Park District. Skinner Park offers ball fields, a playground and spray pool to cool off on a hot day. Sheridan Park is equipped with a community center featuring an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium/assembly hall, six classrooms, four baseball diamonds, a tennis court and a play lot. Miller Play Lot and Garibaldi Playground Park have highly utilized playgrounds and Garibaldi offers a winding path, ideal for a leisurely stroll. Fosco Park serves area residents with a playgroud area, fitness center, gymnasium and swimming facility, which has a water playground for children. There are always an array of programs and activities available for all ages these and many other Chicago Park District locations.

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