At less than a half-mile, 31st Boulevard is one of the shorter boulevards of Chicago’s historic boulevard system. 31st Boulevard connects Western to California just north of the Stevenson Expressway and the Sanitary and Ship Canal.

Located at the corner of 31st Boulevard and Western Avenue is the Arturo Velásquez West Side Technical Institute, which opened in 1996. The institute is one of two technical/vocational colleges that opened in the mid-1990s as part of the community’s demand for more technical and career training centers.