The West Loop is a neighborhood of Chicago’s Near West Side along the western bank of the Chicago River. It stretches north to Grand Avenue, east to the Chicago River, south to the Eisenhower Expressway and west to Ashland Avenue. The area has experienced a slew of new sleek restaurant openings centered around Randolph Street and nearby Fulton Market, an area now commonly known as “Restaurant Row”.

The West Loop is also known for it’s luxe lofts and chic retail boutiques, galleries, design stores and antique sources that give the area its creative-edginess. Sculpture, textiles, folk art, contemporary paintings and European prints are just some of the collections to see in the showrooms.

New residential development continues to emerge as the demand for large, family-friendly housing increases. This trend of new development is a direct result of low residential inventory and the desire for many to live in a neighborhood known as much for its close proximity to downtown and major transportation hubs, as it is for its world-class “foodie scene” and headquarters for tech giants like Google.

Schools: Skinner, Brown, Whitney Young Magnet HS, Chicago Virtual HS, Wells HS.

To Do: Old Saint Pat’s Block Party, West Loop Art Fair, Chicago Metro Symphony Orchestra, Taste of Randolph Street.

Information provided in part by Choose Chicago. Photo courtesy of Yo Chicago.