Just west of the Loop, the Near West Side offers a great balance of location and affordability. Renting an apartment here will put you in close proximity to Fulton River District, Little Italy, Illinois Medical District, and the United Center; they’re all part of the Near West Side. The CTA’s Pink, Green, and Blue Lines all run through the area, as well as highways I-90/94 and I-290.
Near West Side apartments are generally in low-rise multi-unit complexes. Rental costs are reasonable here, with many spacious apartment options. A one-bedroom rental with great amenities can be found for less than $2,000. Apartments are significantly less expensive as you go further west.
The Near West Side populated as workers looked west of downtown for more affordable living options. Hull House was founded here in 1889 and its community outreach had great effect on the quality of life for the many residents. The area’s population peaked over 150,000 in the 1950’s but is considerably less now. The Malcolm X College was founded here in 1911 and continues to serve the community’s junior college needs.
The Near West Side has a wide variety of people and characteristically different neighborhoods within it. The Boeing Company’s headquarters are located here and are a boon to the economy. Malcolm X College and University of Illinois at Chicago are significant jobs creators for the area while attracting students and their spending power.
The Near West Side has a population of 54,881, and median household income of $62,770. Income distribution is biased towards the areas nearer to downtown. Further west, the area is still gentrifying.
The smell of chocolate that one often smells when approaching the loop emanates from the Blommer Chocolate Company here, in the Fulton River District.
Hit up Greektown anytime of the night to satisfy your guilty gyro urges. Catch a Blackhawks or bulls game at the United Center and touch the Statue of Michael Jordan for good luck. The Garage food truck on Aberdeen has mouthwatering tacos for cheap.
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Near West Side is located within 60612. This area currently has 35,559 residents in 13,300 households. Out of the total population, 30.47% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this zipcode are currently unmarried and have a median age of 31.1.
When looking at residents older than 25, 24.36% have graduated from high school, 18.82% have a bachelor's degree, and 13.48% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 51.4% and the median income in this zipcode is $37,137.
At least 74.87% of those living in this zipcode rents their homes. Most residents will commute to work by car with an average commute time of 31.3 minutes.
Geographically, 60612 is a part of Cook County, Illinois. This county is currently home to 5,227,575 residents, or 1,951,606 households with a median income of $56,902. Cook County, Illinois residents have a median age of 36.1 and 43.37% are currently renting their homes in the area.
Finally, Cook County, Illinois is a part of the greater Chicago, IL - IN Urban Area. For those unfamiliar with the area, The Chicago, IL - IN Urban Area is currently home to a population 8,672,319 across 3,153,810 households. Those living in this urban area have a median income of $63,064 and median age of 36.6. In general, at least 36.73% of the residents are currently renting their homes in this area.