Its completely different than Printers row or the Loop. I would compare it more to the West Loop - part residential, part pockets of restaurants and store fronts.
As far as accessibility, its not really ideal if you need to get on public transportation every day, but great if you drive for work.
Growth will continue since it is so close to UIC and Rush.
I will advise, when you are considering buying new and resale (and not just because I will have a resale one day, but because I've always bought new), be careful with the initial assessment figures in new construction, they almost always go up and you almost always get a special assessment to bolster the reserves. It's probably better to buy in a building about 4-7 years old.
If you have any other questions at all, don't hesitate to contact me. I'd be happy to help.
Sierra Bloom - firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, Chicago Association of Realtors tracks average sales prices by area quarterly, your agent can show you this info. Using this data (plus your agents opinion) you can make a wise choice.