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Near South Side

This Chicago neighborhood is home to the historical Mercy Hospital. That explains why so many doctors and other medical professionals have settled into the area. On the opposite end of the spectrum, though, you'll find a number of artists who tend to come here to hole-up in one of the Near South Side's affordable studios or spacious lofts. Mercy Hospital is famed for being one of Chicago's last standing buildings after the Great Fire of 1871. The structure was just far enough from the disaster that it was never so much as grazed by a single flame. It remains a major part of the Near South Side's community culture today.

By the 1940s the Near South Side was a mainly industrial area with more factories and warehouses than homes. The few blocks of housing that did exist left much to be desired. Things really began to take off in the late 1960s when Mercy Hospital relocated within the neighborhood to larger grounds where it had room to expand its health care facilities, turning this south side Chicago neighborhood into a viable mini-medical district of its own. Those old warehouses of the 1940s are now modern loft-spaces and new construction developments are popping up all over the area, including a few dining establishments like China Town Café that offers Near South Side residents authentic Asian food staples, from fried rice to spicy chicken satay. For a more diverse selection of noodles and rice, check out Grand Palace. The crew behind this restaurant clearly understands how difficult it can be to choose between Mongolian, Korean and Chinese cuisine because the menu reflects influences from all three regions. When you're in the mood for something truly local, head over to Ricobene's and indulge in all of Chicago's favorites. From deep-dish pizza to pulled-pork sandwiches, you'll be in comfort food heaven.

Near South Side

One way Near South Siders balance a healthy lifestyle with the neighborhood's calorie-soaked cooking is visits to Dunbar Park. Located on the southern edge of the community, this public recreation spot offers tennis courts, a running track and enough lush green space for all your favorite outdoor activities. If you're in the mood for something a little more low-key, take a stroll through the neighborhood and check out the housing options.

You'll quickly notice that there aren't many detached homes in Chicago's Near South Side. Residential properties are mostly limited to high-rise condos and trendy warehouses-turned-lofts. If you scavenge high and low you just might find one of these rehabbed flats for under $100,000. That's quite a steal given the Near South Side's location close to some of Chicago's rapidly developing neighborhoods, like the South Loop and Douglas. If you're not into the whole open floor plan thing, there is also a good inventory of standard-design condos in the Near South Side ranging from the low $100,000s to the mid $300,000s.

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Dining in Near South Side

Blue Sea Drive Inn
427 W. Pershing
Cuisine: American
Bronzeville Market & Deli
339 E. 26th
Cuisine: American
Fisher Fish & Chicken
3901 S. King
Cuisine: American/Seafood
Hong Kong Delight
327 E. 35th
Cuisine: Asian
Mississippi Rick's
3351 S. King
Cuisine: American
The Rib Joint
3851 S. Michigan
Cuisine: Barbeque
Buster's Bar & Grill
233 E. Cermak
Wabash Tap
1233 S. Wabash
Saiko
1307 S. Wabash
Cuisine: Japanese +
Room 12
1152 S. Wabash
Cuisine: Contemporary
NetWorks at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 S. Martin Luther King Drive
Howie's
1310 S. Wabash
The Hall Lounge
2360 Cottage Grove
First National Frank of Chicago
333 E. Cermak

Resources in Near South Side

Hospitals
Bronzeville's Medical Center
300 E. Pershing

Chen's Medical Center
100 E. 35th

Michael Reese Hospital
2929 S. Ellis
Police Station
Chicago Police
300 E. 29th

Entertainment in Near South Side

Benches
King Drive & 33rd
Dunbar Park
S. Indiana & E 31st
Arie Crown Theatre at McCormick Place
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Mr. Ricky's Note
118 E. Cermak

Shopping in Near South Side

Ashley Stewart
3455 S. King
Avenue
3427 S. King
Living World Book Store
3512 S. King
SMW Flea Market
3852 S. Indiana

Schools in Near South Side

McKinley Alternative School
2925 S. Wabash
Raymond Elementary
3663 S. Wabash
Chicago Military Academy
3533 S. Giles
Dawson Technical Institute
3901 S. State
De La Salle High School
3455 S. Wabash
Doolittle East Intern School
535 E. 35th
Holy Angels
545 E. Oakbrook
Pershing Elementary
3113 E. Pershing
Phillips Academy
244 E. Pershing
St. James School
920 S. Wabash