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Crafting Your Experience

Welcome to the Near West Side

The Near West Side is one of Chicago's oldest and most ethnically diverse community areas. It encompasses several neighborhoods established by 19th century European immigrants, including Greektown and Little Italy. Despite massive 20th-century projects, such as the Eisenhower Expressway, the University of Illinois Chicago and the United Center, remnants of the area's ethnic enclaves remain. Today the area’s vast former industrial district is rapidly developing into a thriving business, dining and residential neighborhood.

Trails and Experiences in the Near West Side

Enjoy self-guided tours, creative interpretations and other experiences, available only on the OHC 2020 app.

Explore Like a Local

Make time to visit these businesses, green spaces, works of public art and more in the Near West Side.

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As you explore Chicago during OHC, please wear a face covering, maintain at least six feet of distance from others and do not attempt to enter any buildings.