West Loop and University Village are considered part of a larger Chicago district called Near West Side. Near West Side consists of the following neighborhoods: West Loop, University Village, Greektown, Illinois Medical District, Little Italy, Fulton River District and Tri-Taylor. Combined, these distinctive neighborhoods give Near West Side its vibrant, energizing lifestyle.
The Illinois Medical District (IMD) is home to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, the facility that inspired the long-running television show ER. The district dates back to the late 18th century when the county hospital and two medical colleges were established. In 1941, the state?s general assembly made IMD a special-use zoning district. Member institutions like Rush University Medical Center, Hektoen Institute, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and John H. Stroger, J. Hospital of Cook Country provide excellent healthcare services as well as employment opportunities for the local population.
One of the major landmarks in the West Loop/University Village region is United Center, an indoor sports arena and entertainment facility. Regular events include the home games of the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team and the Chicago Bulls basketball team. United Center also periodically hosts college sporting events, Cirque du Soleil, pop music concerts and more.
Schooling options in West Loop and University Village are plenty. Public schooling throughout Chicago is managed by Chicago Public Schools (CPS), one of the largest school districts in the state. City-wide, CPS controls more than 600 schools supporting a student enrollment in excess of 400,000. Local families are also served by several private and parochial institutions.
High school graduates have several options for higher education as well. UIC, the city?s largest university, is right in the backyard of University Village. Other choices are Depaul University, University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University and Chicago State University. There are also several campuses within the City Colleges of Chicago system.
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