The development is moving forward despite neighborhood opposition
Developers are looking to make big investments in the Near West Side neighborhood
BY JAY KOZIARZ JUN 7, 2017
The 410 units of the rebranded SCIO apartments are being renovated and will be joined by a new 19-story tower.
While the West Loop continues to heat up, some of the energy is migrating south over the Eisenhower Expressway to Chicago’s University Village/Little Italy neighborhood. With its proximity to downtown and the Illinois Medical District, transit options, and an established commercial corridor on Taylor Street, developers are taking notice. At a meeting last night, several upcoming developments were shown to residents—many of which were surprisingly eager to see their neighborhood’s vacant and underutilized land revitalized.
The two proposed apartment buildings would flank the Medical District Apartments (foreground), which sit between the Illinois Medical District and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
A development group plans about 500 apartments on the near West Side, convinced it can fill them with workers and students from the Illinois Medical District and University of Illinois at Chicago.