University Village Urban Mixed-Use Redevelopment

Adjacent to the University of Illinois, is the legendary Maxwell Street. Once an acclaimed neighborhood known as “the Ellis Island of the Midwest,” and the birthplace of the Chicago blues; Maxwell Street and the surrounding area on Chicago’s Near West Side had become an area of urban decay.

Harlem Irving Companies, as part of the South Campus Development Team (comprised of Harlem Irving Companies, Mesirow Financial Real Estate and New Frontier Companies), was selected as the developer of choice to revitalize the area. They partnered with the University of Illinois to transform the fallen neighborhood with a vision and plan that included permanent housing, student apartments, urban parks, retail, academic facilities and historic preservation.

Now known as University Village, the develop­ment extends over 58 acres and is a flourishing neighborhood. The architecture honors the historical significance of Maxwell Street. Many facades were removed and restored to retain the classic turn-of-the century elements.

The new University Village Marketplace provides 140,000 square feet of specialty shops, restaurants, offices and cafes all within walking distance of more than 900 new urban residences for faculty and urban professionals.