Fulton Market is a spectacularly revitalized neighborhood on Chicago's west side. For many years, the area was entirely industrial, but it is now transforming into a lively mix of residential and commercial properties. Warehouses and factories from the early 1900s have been transformed into urban lofts, cutting-edge workspaces, chic restaurants, and cafes. Though modern skyscrapers are always visible, the neighborhood retains a post-industrial feel.
The Loop by train, by car
Merchandise Mart by train, by car
Union Station by train, by car
Millennium Park by train, by car
East to West - Chicago River to Kennedy Expressway
North to South - Ohio Street to Madison Street
Nearby Neighborhoods - Greektown, West Town, and Little Italy
$249,500 to $5,600,000
Median Sale Price:
Average $ per sq ft:
Association Fee Ranges:
$472, $0 to $1315/mo
680 to 6000 Sq. Ft.
Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home
$340,000 to $4,300,000
1 to 4 Bedrooms
1 to 6 Bathrooms
1882 to 2019
The neighborhood is relatively quiet. It's a good time to go for a quick jog in Union Park or have a light breakfast at a cafe. Brunchers will find that some of the best Fulton Market restaurants have very serious brunch menus. Sunday grocery shopping is especially convenient because Halsted Street is home to two major grocery stores. Sunday is also an excellent day to visit some of the city's world-class museums and art galleries, which are all only a few minutes away.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Young professionals, families, and empty-nesters all embrace the downtown lifestyle with remarkable garden space.
A handful of condo buildings provide most of the residential offerings.
They're spread out throughout the neighborhood and are typically under ten stories. Living in Fulton Market is truly an urban experience no matter which part of the neighborhood one resides in. Each building is just a quick walk to public transportation and a short distance away from the activity along Lake and Randolph Streets.
Living here means being able to walk to some of the best restaurants in the country.
Locals would likely recommend Girl & the Goat and the Publican as standouts in the neighborhood's lauded restaurant scene before casually mentioning that there are about a half-dozen Michelin-starred restaurants within four blocks. Aside from haute cuisine, casual fare such as BBQ, ethnic cuisine, and Chicago-style pizza are readily available.
One of Chicago's most well-known music venues for locals who enjoy live music.
Bottom Lounge relocated to the Fulton Market district in 2008 and, in addition to its 700-seat main hall, offers a full menu at its own restaurant. While the majority of the restaurants in the area have their own bars, there are a few wine bars, Irish pubs, and sports bars for those looking for a more casual night out. Major productions are always playing in Chicago's Theater District, which is just a short cab ride away from the neighborhood.
Pricing is comparable to other neighborhoods on the near west side.
When compared to condos in Streeterville or the New East Side, a two- or three-bedroom condo in Fulton Market feels like a steal. As major employers open or expand offices nearby, demand for housing in the West Loop area is expected to rise, which is why Chicago is carefully considering new construction to meet the demand.
YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
Tons of fun things to do.
With so many places to shop, and new restaurants opening up every month, you'll want to pay this area a visit.
Fulton Market residents have a variety of transportation options. Ogilvie Transportation Center is one of two Metra train stations serving the city and suburbs. The Green and Pink train lines of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) stop at Morgan Street, making it easy to get to the western suburbs. Residents who need to get to O'Hare Airport can take the Blue Line to Grand Avenue. Taxis and ride-sharing services are also readily available in the area. Because parking can be expensive and traffic can be congested, many residents choose not to own a car because there are so many other modes of transportation available to them.
Taste of Fulton
In honor of the neighborhood's long culinary history, restaurants in the Fulton Market area will band together to provide a taste of the neighborhood. This year's SYSCO-sponsored foodie celebration is growing in size and scope, now taking over the entire historic Morgan's on Fulton special events building. The ultimate Fulton Market Dining District showcase will benefit the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Restaurant Employee Relief Fund as well as a new charity partner, Recipe for Change, an organization that provides culinary instruction and job skills training to detainees at Cook County Jail for the second year in a row.