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University Commons

University Commons is situated immediately adjacent to the University of Illinois (Chicago) campus.  Together with adjoining University Village,where 900 new homes have been built, this has become Chicago's most sought-after new neighborhood. The park-like UIC campus creates an environment of open green space, as well as the opportunity to enjoy lectures, films and plays from the University's vast recreational and cultural resources.

University Commons is located only 5minutes from all major highways and 10 minutes from the Loop and is in close proximity to the city's best variety of cultural food choices as it is minutes from fascinating Chinatown, Greek town, Little Italy,and the South Loop. Check out our more detailed list of the area's attractions.

University Commons South Water Market Chicago

As you enter the secure lobby from tree-lined 15th Street at the far eastern end of the University Commons development, you are only a few feet from Ivy Hall and Morgan Street.  As you enter, you are surrounded by the Terra Cotta buildings that made up South Water Market.  These buildings, designed by architects Pappageorge/Haymes, have been completely restored. The complex contains six landmark buildings (with 12 different addresses) housing a total of 929 residential loft conversions that were formerly warehouse buildings serving as Chicago's wholesale fresh produce marketplace. This unique urban neighborhood features meticulously restored structures with intricately carved terra-cotta facades..

University Commons Chicago map 
University Commons boasts expansive homes where room heights soar up to 12-feet and panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows are filled with light. Another exceptional interior feature at University Commons is the home office, included in almost every residence. Each unit includes cat-5 wired high-speed Internet service. In addition, University Commons is loaded with terrific amenities:

University Commons Buyer RebatesPrices of the units can vary dramatically depending upon the floor, the exposure, and the finishes. For instance, the top floor penthouses are new construction on top of the rehab with finished ceilings, while the lower floors are rehabs of the original warehouses with concrete ceilings and pillars. Views vary between a ground level south facing view of the railroad track, a north facing view of another set of lofts, and an unobstructed north facing view of the city. Finally, the finishes can vary dramatically depending upon the upgrades chosen, which could add up to $100,000 to the price of a unit.

The development is managed by Draper & Kramer, who has a staff of 4 located on site 6 days per week. The buildings are very well maintained. The property manager can be reached at 312-666-0019.

Unfortunately, the homes in University Commons have not maintained their value very well, partly because of the fact that the units were originally sold with an 8 year property tax  benefit that does not pass on to secondary buyers. Extremely low property taxes - e.g. $1000 on a $450,000 unit - allowed the original buyers to pay a premium to the developer for that tax benefit. However, that premium can not be recovered since the secondary buyers will not receive the tax benefit.

You can find the current condo/ loft University Commons MLS listings by clicking on each of the links below:

Floor Plans

The floor plans include enormous floor-to-ceiling windows and ceilings up to 12-feet high and offer extraordinary living space for the dollar. The floor plans shown below represent some of the smaller layouts but there are units up to 1600 square feet, including single floor layouts and duplexes.

Typical 1P Unit
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath
980 Square Feet (Courtyard)


Typical 3P Unit
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath
980 Square Feet


Typical 1B Unit
2 Bedroom, 1 Bath
860 Square Feet



Typical 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath + Den unit
1217 Square Feet

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Typical 3BUnit
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath
1,036 Square Feet