Modern-day Douglas, located on the south side of Chicago encompassing South State Street and Martin Luther King Drive, offers a plethora of stores, restaurants, and nightlife opportunities, as well as green spaces. Additionally, Douglas Chicago boasts of a number of historic landmarks, such as Machinery Hall on the Illinois Institute of Technology’s main campus, and several education opportunities. In spite of past violence associated with racism and poverty, this neighborhood has benefited from strategic urban renewal projects.
With the beach, parks, shopping, and entertainment within walking distance or a short ride on public transportation away, Douglas presents affordable and efficient urban living. Apartments in Douglas Chicago offer a wide range of renting options, from studio units with a single bathroom that begin at $725, to 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom units around $1,800. Most high-rise apartment buildings in this area offer kitchen appliances, partially-paid utilities, laundry facilities, outdoor spaces such as balconies, and access to dog parks included in the rent.
Those looking for dining choices close by will find diversity, from American, including seafood and barbeque, to more contemporary and international options, such as Japanese. There are also a number of quick meal options, including national fast food chains.
For those interested in nightlife, Jokes and Notes is a comedy and jazz club that features some national names. From open mic on Wednesdays to a weekly eclectic talent night every Thursday, this club draws inspiration from the history and spirit of Bronzeville with a modern flair. During the day, take a walk through Lake Meadows or Ellis parks. Ellis Park also has weekly gospel music and movie nights during the summer season.
For those looking to rent, most apartments in Douglas Chicago do allow pets, and they offer access to dog parks close by as well. Additionally, there are a few veterinarians in the neighborhood to care for your furry friend. In spite of the urban nature of Douglas, it doesn’t currently have any pet grooming establishments, so you have to bathe Fido yourself!
Douglas is located just off of the busy Dan Ryan Expressway and is included in the CTA’s Green Line. On the east side, running parallel to Lake Shore Drive are both Metra Electric and Amtrak railroad tracks. In the past 5 years, the city of Chicago has also established a proactive Bike to Work campaign to encourage bicycling commuters.
In terms of educational opportunities, Douglas Chicago offers a wide range of schools, both public and private. Two well-rated Chicago public elementary schools, 1 of which is a magnet school, and 1 public high school serve the area. In addition, 3 charter high schools that serve the entire city of Chicago are located in Douglas.
As for institutions of higher learning, Douglas is home to a number of diverse institutes and colleges: the Illinois Institute of Technology, famous for both its engineering and architectural programs, the Illinois College of Optometry, the VanderCook College of Music, and Shimer College, the liberal arts school based upon the Great Books.