Tri-Taylor is the tiniest pocket of hustle and bustle on the near west side. The Illinois Medical District, United Center Park, North Lawndale, and University Village are a stone's throw away.
Because of its proximity to UIC, it's a popular destination for students. And because of its proximity to the Medical District, the streets are rich with people sporting white coats and scrubs. Despite the surrounding commotion, the enclaves of vintage greystone homes are actually pretty quiet. Tri-Taylor apartments are new, and make a fine choice for west-side living.
There are numerous restaurant and bar options on both Western or Taylor. Venturing to the surrounding communities will afford you many more options. The Polk pink line stop is the closest, otherwise buses will do the trick.