The Near West Side, one of the 77 community areas of Chicago, is on the West Side, west of the Chicago River and adjacent to the Loop. Mostly residential and collegiate, the Near West Side is home to Maxwell Street, the birthplace of Chicago Blues and the Polish sausage sandwich. Families considering a move are usually curious about a neighborhood’s schools. Living somewhere close to quality education opportunities is a big plus for parents. The Near West Side is an attractive neighborhood, no matter your preferred mode of transit. Nearby is a long-running Sunday market and Hull House museum, a former immigrant settlement founded by reformer Jane Addams. Michael Jordan made his name at the United Center, where the Bulls and Blackhawks play. Italian restaurants cluster on Taylor Street in Little Italy. Easy access to a grocery store is an important neighborhood feature, especially if you are trying to cut down on your takeout budget. Pete’s Fresh Market, located at Madison and Western, is a Near West Side staple. Of course, if you do want to take a break from cooking at home, you'll find plenty of options. Beyond the big fast-food chains, residents will find local favorites.