Northeastern Illinois University
Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is a public academic institution that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to more than 12,000 students annually and is one of the most ethnically diverse schools in the Midwest. Its main campus is in the North Park neighborhood.
North Park has a quiet and peaceful suburban feel and yet it's only five miles from the heart of downtown Chicago. Originally settled by Swedish immigrants, today the area is a mix of people from all over the world. The vast panorama of ethnic shops and eateries – Korean, Middle Eastern, Thai, Indian, and Mexican –are a reflection of its multicultural demographics.
The neighborhood is by no means a concrete jungle. In fact, it's dominated by a few sprawling cemeteries and an abundance of park space. Chicago's only waterfall (all of four feet high) flows where the North Branch of the Chicago river tumbles into the North Shore Channel, right in the heart of the neighborhood. As for housing options, the area surrounding the university is primarily residential, a mix of single-family dwellings and small to mid-size apartment buildings.
The best option for public transportation is the Foster Avenue bus. The Brown Line of the El comes close to the North Park neighborhood, but is less practical an option if the intention is to reach the school itself.