West Loop

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Walkability

9.6

Public Transportation

10
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What Its Known For

Tons of restaurants
Convenient location
Thriving art scene

Pros

Central location
Near the best restaurants in the city
Super walkable

Cons

High traffic area
Rent can be expensive

WEST LOOP

Situated on the western bank of the Chicago River, West Loop was once composed primarily of meatpacking and produce districts. After undergoing extensive gentrification starting in the 90s, most of the former factories and warehouses have now been converted into the trendy eateries, art galleries, urban lofts, and coworking spaces you see here today.

TO DO IN WEST LOOP

The neighborhood’s convenient location is a major selling point. West Loop is within walking distance of downtown Chicago, Little Italy, and the Medical District. It is also serviced by the CTA bus and rail lines (pink, green, and brown), which make it easy to reach any destination in the city.

People come to West Loop for the location and stay for the food. The name “Restaurant Row” is self-explanatory—you’ll be able to hit up all of the most celebrated and inventive cuisines in the city off this eatery-dense stretch of Randolph Street. If you continue down to Fulton Market District, you’ll be hit with even more bites, coffee shops, breweries. You’ll also find a ton of galleries and creative spaces, contributing to the area’s thriving art scene.

Right at the junction of 90 and 290, you’ll hit Greektown. This part of town is known for its Mediterranean flair and an overflowing selection of traditional restaurants, delis, and bakeries. It’s also the home of the National Hellenic Museum, the second oldest U.S. institution dedicated to Greek culture.

APARTMENTS IN WEST LOOP

Tons of new apartments and condos have sprung up in recent years, giving residents amazing views of the river and the Chicago skyline. Most of these properties are private rentals, boutique-style apartments, and re-purposed lofts. Real estate in West Loop tends to be pricey—but many who choose to live here say it’s worth it for the prime location.

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