An explosive overhaul of former factories, wholesale markets, and warehouses transformed the West Loop into a diverse array of reputable eateries, gallery and designer spaces, and converted lofts and condos for singles and families alike.
From a gritty, partially abandoned manufacturing corridor to a burgeoning neighborhood flush with must-visit spots for foodies, eclectic art galleries and shops, and numerous acres of redeveloped park space, West Loop is now one of the hottest downtown areas in which to settle down.
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 Ashland Avenue
North to South Grand Avenue to Van Buren Street
Nearby Neighborhoods Chicago Loop, River North, and Wicker Park
$157,375 to $5,600,000
Median Sale Price:
Average $ per sq ft:
Association Fee Ranges:
$0 to $472, $622, $0 to $22758/mo
558 to 6000 Sq. Ft.
Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home
$240,000 to $4,300,000
0 to 5 Bedrooms
1 to 6 Bathrooms
1867 to 2023
The famed restaurant and bar scene, close proximity to public transit and three major expressways, and downright cool, the industrial atmosphere makes the West Loop a desirable location to live and work. Even innovative tech giants like Google, Twitter, and Uber have turned old warehouses into their new headquarters.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A growing population of young professionals and families, restaurateurs, and some major tech industry players.
An ingrained creative vibe at the edges of downtown Chicago.
Time Magazine deemed it “the land of the living dead” in 1949, but the West Loop of today is very much alive. Art galleries and antique sources for collectors of all kinds, stylish shops for fashion-forward consumers, innovative restaurants and bars, and a thriving music and street fair scene regularly draw crowds.
Endless dining and bar options that will keep you up ‘til dawn.
A slew of openings centered around Randolph Street and Fulton Market make restaurant- and bar-hopping in the untrodden territory a nightly possibility. You can go from taqueria to futuristic cocktail lounge, sushi bar to a secret underground speakeasy, whole-animal butcher shop to wine tasting, burger bar to the champagne salon—and the neighborhood’s evolution is far from finished.
A budding family-friendly atmosphere.
There’s a growing market for young families as more businesses (and young professionals) infiltrate the neighborhood. Townhomes and larger condo units can still be hard to come by as many are snapped up almost as quickly as new development blueprints can be drafted! But there are exceptional public and private education options along with a number of parks in the area.
Newly developed luxury condos and urban lofts with open layouts in remarkable, antiquated buildings.
Fresh condo buildings are cropping up along with the influx of newcomers, and prices have kept up with the change in population. Airy loft conversions feature newly-minted interiors with original exposed brick, high timber ceilings, and huge factory-sized windows within the bones of decades-old buildings.
YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
The city’s only year-round, indoor market and “Restaurant Row,” where you can try a new dining spot every night.
In addition to the loft-style living, residents savor trips to the Chicago French Market, which showcases local artisans and purveyors most days of the week, and the vibrant strip of Randolph Street dubbed “Restaurant Row,” which is lined with some of the city’s best eateries.
Ogilvie Transportation Center serves as a Metra station for those traveling into the city or to the north or west suburbs, while Union Station serves as a stop for Amtrak and long-distance buses (think Greyhound and Megabus). There are numerous bus routes in the West Loop that take you west, north, and south, with the 'L' taking you east to the Loop. The West Loop is also a relatively car-friendly neighborhood, particularly when compared to the rest of Downtown. Most areas have street parking available if you are willing to pay the meter. Despite prominent residential pockets, the West Loop's layout is reminiscent of its days as a meatpacking district. The area is a little more spread out than the Loop or River North due to large, industrial-style buildings, but it is still easily navigated on foot.
West Loop Summer Fest
The West Loop Summer Fest is bringing the beach to the West Loop every July! From sand (yes, you read that correctly) to festival yacht-rock and tropical-inspired tribute bands, you'll be transported to a faraway island right in your own backyard. That's before you get to the tasty beverages and local food vendors (a trait the West Loop is known for).
The Haymarket Center, which is located on the festival grounds, will benefit from the event. Their mission is to help people recover from substance use disorders by providing comprehensive behavioral health solutions.