This is my stomping grounds and I love this area! It's interesting how certain areas are gentrified and I don't know why this one took so long since it is so close to EVERYTHING! This is definitely a neighborhood, so don't expect to find any highrises or large multi-unit buildings. The bigger 3-4 story buildings can be found along Chicago Ave. and Grand Ave. Expect to see Chicago Ave. turn into a bustling thoroughfare (like Division) very soon! There is already a ton of great places near Noble like Five Star, West Town Tavern, Branch 27, Manee Thai and much more.
Further west down Chicago is the newer West Town branch library in the old Goldblatt building. Roots Pizza and Bleeding Heart Bakery opened up not too long ago. Sprout home is a unique and modern plant store on Damen. And Bar Deville is one of my favorite hidden gems at Damen and Huron.
I like the mix of old ornate and sleek modern architecture that exists. I also love that there are these hidden bars and shops within the neighborhoods. It's definitely a work, live, play environment for the local people who live there, which makes it feel homey. But at the same time you are just a bus, cab, or train car away from being anywhere in the city! Gotta love it!