Little Italy aka University Village (U of I), Taylor St is main St
Little Italy, sometimes called University Village, is a neighborhood on the Near West Side. The current boundaries of Little Italy are Ashland Avenue on the west and Morgan Street on the east, the Eisenhower Expressway on the north and Roosevelt Road to the south. It lies between the Illinois Medical District and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The community is made up of diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds as a result of immigration, urban renewal,gentrification and the growth of the resident student and faculty population of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Its Italian-American heritage primarily evident in the Italian-American restaurants of Taylor Street. The neighborhood is home to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame as well as the historic Roman Catholic churches Our Lady of Pompeii, Notre Dame de Chicago, and Holy Family.
The recent history of the neighborhood waves of urban renewal, starting with the construction of expressways in the 1950s, the development of UIC in the 1960s, the demolition of public housing in the 1990s and 2000s, and redevelopment of Maxwell Street in the 2000s. Along with these changes, housing prices in the area have risen.