Welcome to West Loop
From its founding in the mid-1800s, West Loop was a major center of commerce and a powerhouse of the wholesale industry. Known originally for its agricultural and meatpacking markets, the spirit of innovation has evolved, modernizing into the “it neighborhood” of new industries, creatives, and a major presence in the culinary world.
This edgy district is made up of three neighborhoods. Fulton Market is a dynamic community with industrial glamor. A foodie haven, the neighborhood contains Restaurant Row with new cafes, award-winning restaurants, and unique bars. Randolph Street Market is known for their engaging art and vintage scene and attracts locals and Chicago natives who are eager to find rare pieces. Finally, there is Greektown, containing rich cultural delights through restaurants, shops, and past-times, including major historic landmarks like the National Hellenic Museum dedicated to Greek culture.
West Loop real estate embodies the ambiance of the district. Many of the warehouses converted into edgy lofts pay homage to the architecture of historic architecture and West Loops roots, as well as a symbol of contemporary innovation. Newly developed luxury condominiums have the latest amenities built into rugged interiors, such as high ceilings, exposed brick, and sweeping windows overlooking parks and neighborhoods.
What to Love
Cutting-edge food culture found in Restaurant Row
Luxury neighborhoods with trendy housing
Artistic colony of creatives
West Loop is known for being synonymous with creativity. And just like creativity’s constant evolution of the new and exciting, this neighborhood is in step with that ideology. The key demographic of West Loop is young professionals in the art or technology industries. New businesses, galleries, restaurants, and start-ups find fertile soil within this pocket of Chicago.
Due to the trendy nature of the residents, the district radiates an energetic and creative vibe. Those who have made West Loop their home recognize their place in a legacy of creatives, eager to continue building the atmosphere that made the neighborhood such a landmark in Chicago culture. Michelin-star chefs place their roots in Fulton River District, known as the hub for upscale gastronomy. Artists take pride in setting up galleries featuring contemporary artists. And entrepreneurs relish the prestige of building a company within the district.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
Award-winning chef Joe Flamm opened Rose Mary as a love letter to his Croatian heritage, developing a menu of native cuisine within an upscale environment. Girl & the Goat is the local hotspot for residents who want a community vibe with exceptional food. Since its opening in 2010, Stephanie Izard’s restaurant has gained national acclaim for its homey ambiance and seasonal flavors, celebrating regional produce and beers.
The philosophy of Au Cheval is to provide a high-quality, upscale experience. It is a restaurant that offers a range of options from foie gras to their famous cheeseburger in an attempt to elevate the comforting classics of American diners into a memorable meal.
The restaurant avec is a chic take on bringing Mediterranean cuisine to the Chicago fine dining landscape. This wine bar and restaurant has been the heart of the West Loop for over a decade. On the weekend, residents indulge in avec's fabulous brunch.
Known as a hip seafood and pork spot, The Publican has become a beloved restaurant. The menu has an eclectic selection of dishes served with a diverse variety of craft beers. The impressive accumulation of awards for Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio are well earned. Sarah Grueneberg developed an Italian restaurant where each ingredient is curated and sourced to create a flavorful meal.
Things to Do
Randolph Street Market is a paradise for vintage and antique enthusiasts. Seasoned sellers curate their wares to sell in numerous markets inviting artists and antiquers to enjoy live music and exceptional finds.
With top-rated, award-winning chefs making up West Loop, it is no wonder the Taste of Randolph became one of the most iconic food festivals in America. Live music serenades locals as they try the tastes of Chicago.
Chicago is not short of boutique hotels. The Hoxton is one of the best in the city. The chic, city sophistication of the hotel is available to anyone, promoting an open lobby where residents can work, socialize, and relax.
Though known for its California fame, Nobu has left the West Coast for West Loop. This restaurant and hotel are every bit as elegant and hip as the California locations. Bartelme Park is the best place to enjoy the outdoors. On this one-and-a-half-acre park, parents can bring their kids, and dog owners can bring their pups to run and enjoy their designated playgrounds.
For an immersive cultural experience, Greektown is by far the best. Phenomenal restaurants and cafes line the street, dotted with shops and small spots for residents to enjoy. It is a neighborhood where the people are kind, and the food is delicious.