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What Its Known For

Nicknamed "Chicago's Front Yard"
Museum Campus


Right on Lake Michigan
Tons of must-visit destinations nearby


Tourism traffic


Being one of Chicago’s first residential districts, South Loop’s history is visibly rich. Today this neighborhood is an eclectic mix of green spaces, museums, residential buildings, colleges and universities, music venues, and more—we’re not exaggerating when we say there’s something for everyone in South Loop.


This neighborhood is known for being right on the Museum Campus inside Grant Park, a.k.a “Chicago’s Front Yard”. History buffs will geek out over the exhibits at the Field Museum, and Shedd Aquarium is the best and only spot in town to see over 30,000 aquatic creatures in one place. This campus also houses the Adler Planetarium, which is actually the FIRST planetarium in the U.S. Your apartment will be the ultimate pregame pad thanks to the convenient location—cheer on the Bears at Soldier Field, or host your friend group for Lollapalooza weekend.

If you’re feeling fancy, head over to the historic Prairie Avenue District and take a stroll down “Millionaire’s Row”. This street is famous for its stunning mansions, and you can even take a tour of the 19th-century Glessner House.

Need to make a grocery run? You’ve got the holy trinity in your neighborhood—Target, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods. There’s also no shortage of nearby restaurants, brunch spots, coffee shops, and bars either.

Keep in mind that because South Loop is home to a ton of the city’s coolest attractions, it is a paramount stop on the tourist checklist. Those who want to be close to the action and who don’t mind the crowds can choose to live near Michigan Avenue. Those who prefer a mellower area might look for something south of Roosevelt Road.


Even though South Loop is one of the oldest established neighborhoods in the city, there are still tons of newer apartments on the come up. You’ll find everything from converted industrial loft situations to brand new luxury high rises here (which of course, come with envious views). The neighborhood appeals to anyone who wants to enjoy the urban lifestyle of downtown Chicago without paying the steep prices their neighbors in North Loop pay.

Looking to call South Loop home? We’re here to help you find the perfect apartment in Chicago. Pair up with a Smart City agent to go over all of the best options in the city!

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If you want to be in/near Downtown without paying the prices of North Loop then South Loop is a great area. Continuously being rebuilt and rebranded.

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