Antonius and I moved from Printers’ Row to “Tri-Taylor” nearly two years ago, needing more space plus a yard for our son. At the time I had written to the LTH listserv (still active back then) to thank the many LTH-ers who had helped out with advice and mover recommendations for us. Mr Barolo then asked where Tri-Taylor was and this is what I wrote in response:
"Tri-Taylor" is a clunky name no doubt coined by a realtor, designating the triangle formed by Western, the Eisenhower, and Ogden, anchored by the commercial strip of Taylor west of the hospital complex. It used to be nearly all Italian and there are still some bakeries and pizzerias and old time residents from those days. There's also a longstanding Mexican presence: our next-door neighbors from Monterrey have lived in their house since the early 50's. Our block is mostly Mexican, other nearby blocks are more African American, and scattered throughout are medical residents and students renting places convenient to the hospitals.
We are on Claremont, tree-lined and amazingly quiet for being 1 block east of Western and three blocks south of the expressway, in a rowhouse built in 1886. The whole area is officially a historic neighborhood district; it hasn't yet been yuppified (no Starbucks! no ATMs!) despite its proximity to a Blue Line stop. West of Western and along Congress there's a lot of new construction, making that area (so-called "Tri-Taylor West") much less forbidding.
Claremont, Oakley, Bell, and Bowler are all nice streets for a stroll -- don't miss the funny little cottages on Claremont between Taylor and Grenshaw. If you see a couple with a 4 year old who is requesting pizza with "little dead fishies", that's probably us.
Chow-wise, Tri-Taylor is a quick drive to Pilsen or La Villita, or up Western to the chow-rich neighborhoods on the north side. As for Tri-Taylor itself, well, it’s better than Printers’ Row but it’s no Albany Park. Some of the restaurants are only open for lunch, catering to folks from the nearby hospitals and Juvenile Center. Nor is there much nightlife here: for example, both (!) of the neighborhood bars close for New Year’s Eve…
The advantage of Tri-Taylor, for us in our house-hunting, was that we could find an affordable single-family house with a yard and off street parking, close to downtown and not too far from Hyde Park, in a visually appealing neighborhood (i.e. 1880s rowhouses and plenty of street trees). We have great neighbors, and we’ve REALLY enjoyed being able to grow vegetables in our little yard.
I don’t know what the rents here are like, but there are a fair number of “For Rent” signs posted in windows. On street parking seems not to be a problem (it’s zoned parking).
There are things we miss very much about Printers Row: the proximity to the lake, Grant Park and the Loop, our north and east views from the 11th floor, the great mix of people living in the South Loop, Sandmeyer’s Bookstore. Food-wise that neighborhood isn’t so great, but we do miss meeting up with friends at Kasey’s Tavern or the bar at Hackney’s. But I tell you one thing I do not
miss: paying an extra $180/month to park in a garage two blocks away from our building! (Street parking is simply not an option, as jbw said.)