The West Loop is rapidly growing. From high-end restaurants and trendy nightclubs to local watering holes and diners, the West Loop mixes a wide array of offerings just footsteps from the city center. Residents of the West Loop enjoy the sleek dining locales of the Randolph Street area and the nightlife of the Fulton River district. This mix of traditional and modern comes through in the selection of housing in the area, from new condo developments with every amenity needed, to warehouses and industrial spaces that have been converted into lofts.
In the past few years, the West Loop has transformed from a gritty industrial district to one of the hottest residential and dining destinations in Chicago. The West Loop offers its residents a plethora of residential opportunities. With the recent influx of Chicagoans looking not only to dine and work in the West Loop but also to live, several brand new high-rise developments have sprung up along the I-95 corridor largely cater to those seeking modern, contemporary lines and sleek interiors (check out K2 or Arkadia). These buildings offer all the hotel-style amenities and condo-level furnishings you might expect of the luxury apartment rentals in the Loop but with the added benefit of the magnificent city skyline from your apartment! The rehabilitated lofts and apartment complexes offer another side of the coin and speak to the grittier past of the district with brick, concrete, and exposed beams. Circa 922 is a newer building that offers the best of both!
Getting around is simple in the West Loop. Buses run frequently on every major street with the blue line running right through the middle of the West Loop taking you directly to the Loop where you can catch any train in Chicago. There is a Metra station nearby at Union Station allowing you to get to most of the surrounding suburbs for a small fee. Taxi cabs are also easy to hail if you are in a hurry or just want to get away from the crowds on public transportation. Finally, the neighborhood’s proximity to all the major highways is perfect for reverse commuters and those who like to make road trips!
Dining in the West Loop is always an adventure. From River Roast in Fulton Market to Greek Town stalwarts Greek Islands and Athena for some flaming saginaki, rack of lamb, and gyros. The anchor of the West Loop restaurant scene is Randolph Street and try Girl & The Goat or Blackbird; that is if you can get a reservation. For more great eats, check out our post on West Loop's best restaurants.
The West Loop is home to one of the more recognizable structures in Chicago, The United Center. Can't make the game? Head to the West End. If live music is what you’re in the mood for, check out the Bottom Lounge for a great beer selection and a different band nightly. The United Center also hosts a variety of other events such as concerts, circuses, rodeos and monster truck shows. The area is well-known for its art galleries and festivals, the West Loop features the famous Pitchfork Music Festival, the Taste of Randolph Street and the Randolph Street Market Festival.