West Loop

Even the green spaces are creative, with park designs by Chicago landscape architect Ernest Wong.

 
 

Welcome to West Loop


World-class dining in a vibrant, artistic neighborhood.
 
Once the site of industrial factories, hip West Loop has transformed into a hotspot for foodies and trendy nightlife. Restaurant Row serves up the best in New American and global eats, while upscale boutiques, galleries, lively pubs, and of-the-moment music venues round out an array of enviable offerings in this chic neighborhood.
 
West Loop’s artistic vibe extends to the housing styles, which include everything from new construction condos and open-concept lofts to gorgeous historic buildings and renovated factories. Even the green spaces are creative, with park designs by Chicago landscape architect Ernest Wong.
 

What to Love

 
 • Buzzing nightlife
 • Gourmet cuisine
 • Green space
 • Upscale boutiques
 

People and Lifestyle

 
The energy in this bustling neighborhood is palpable, and West Loop will keep you going all night if you let it. Residents tend to be young professionals, restaurant or tech industry players, and even chic young families looking for artistic vibes and urban flair.
 
Life in West Loop is exciting, creative, and stylish. The boutiques, galleries, live music venues, and street fair scene offer plenty for the artistic-minded, while foodies flock to the renowned restaurants. Once the gritty site of industrial manufacturing, West Loop has become one of Chicago’s hottest places to call home.
 

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

 
Sophisticated gourmands are in for a serious treat on Randolph Street, Chicago’s longest Restaurant Row. With more Michelin award-winners than any other city area, this famed collection of restaurants offers culinary excellence worthy of even the most elevated palates.

Find seasonal flavors, cocktails, wine, and local beer at Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard’s hotspot Girl and the Goat. Chef Izard’s spin-off locale, Little Goat, puts a twist on classic American comfort food. A diner, coffee shop, bakery, and bar, this neighborhood haunt is perfect for grabbing coffee with friends or indulging in breakfast at any time of day. Insider tip: The Paratha Burrito will stop you in your tracks.

Bar Siena offers a menu of regional Italian food and drinks while focusing on Cicchetti-style cuisine. This stylish, chef-owned spot includes a bustling bar, patio seating, a vibrant dining room, and both happy hour and brunch options.

With leather booths, rich wood paneling, and an open kitchen design, Au Cheval may be the chicest little bistro you’ve ever seen. While this cozy restaurant is affectionately referred to as a diner and does include bologna on the menu, it also offers classic cocktails, like Hemingway’s Daiquiri, and Insta-worthy ingredients like foie gras.

Greektown’s cultural heritage is an integral part of the neighborhood’s vibrant energy. This commercial district is home to lively Greek tavernas, restaurants, and traditional pastry shops, as well as the acclaimed annual culinary fest, Taste of Greektown.
 

Things to Do

 
Part of what makes West Loop such a desirable home base is its unique mix of art, culture, history, and gorgeous green space. The scenic Mary Bartelme Park is named for Chicago’s first female judge and spans almost three acres. The popular family spot features play areas, a dog park, plenty of seating areas for lounging, a viewing hill, and a vaporized mist to cool families on hot summer days, all set against a modern, innovative design.

Athletes, get ready to meet your new favorite fitness field. The 13-acre Union Park offers a gym, fitness center, and locker rooms, as well as tennis courts, a swimming pool, and sports fields. Union Park also hosts special events throughout the year, including concerts, movie screenings, and the Pitchfork Music Festival, an annual summer music festival organized by Pitchfork Media. Featuring diverse vendors and craft fairs, the festival has been going strong for over 15 years.

Part of West Loop’s charm is its combination of urban chic and family-friendly spots like Skinner Park. This 7-acre park features a field house, a basketball court, baseball fields, a children's playground, and activities for both the two- and four-legged members of the family. With cheery events like Family Nights and nature lessons in the Community Roots Demonstration Garden, West Loop makes family life in the city fun and accessible.

Celebrate the iconic Randolph Street at the annual Taste of Randolph event. A decades-long tradition, this three-day street festival is one of West Loop’s most anticipated summer events. The area’s best restaurants, which also rank as some of the best in the nation, are on full display. If the gourmet culinary offerings aren’t enough, the party really gets going with live music from local and international bands.
 

Schools

 
West Loop is home to some of Chicago’s top schools, including:

 • Skinner West Elementary School, K-8, premier elementary school
 • Saint Ignatius, 9-12, exclusive college prep school
 • Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, 7-12, a top-rated public magnet school
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