Welcome, if you’re considering living in Chicago’s West Loop, here you’ll find all the latest West Loop real estate for sale including West Loop condos, lofts, apartments, townhomes and single family homes. Plus much more!
Living in the West Loop means easy access to world-class restaurants, open green space, premier employers, convenient transportation, highly ranked schools and a vibrant art scene. Pretty much everything most people want in a neighborhood.
Here are some of the more popular condo, loft and apartment buildings in the West Loop. The neighborhood continues to develop at a rapid clip and there are always new buildings to consider. We recommend browsing West Loop condos for sale in these buildings as a starting point. We know all the West Loop buildings well and can assist you with buying, selling or renting in any building.
Below we’ve compiled a few searches to help you quickly find West Loop condos and lofts that meet your locational needs. This also includes West Loop apartments for sale. We will happily create a custom search that emails you new listings meeting your criteria as soon as they hit the market. Just ask!
In addition to the many start-ups, major employers in the West Loop or nearby include Google, McDonalds, Twitter, Boeing and Pepsi. Here are some quick links to current West Loop apartments for sale near these key West Loop employers.
Commuters like the neighborhood because Chicago’s two major train stations, Union Station and Ogilvie, are very close by for easy Metra access. As are the multiple CTA train stations (Blue line, Green line and Pink lines). This makes taking a trip to O’Hare or Midway super convenient.
If you’re needing to drive north, south or west to work there are easy on / off ramps to I-290 and I90/94.
Here are some tips for getting around Chicago. And below you’ll find West Loop apartments for sale near the major transportation hubs in the West Loop.
Of course many families want to live within walking distance to their children’s school. So here we’ve made it super easy to find West Loop condos for sale near neighborhood schools. When we say near we mean within a 2 or 3 block radius of each school. And you have the ability to adjust the map to meet your needs.
Here’s the latest West Loop real estate for sale near West Loop schools.
Here are a few links to help you search for other West Loop property types. For example, townhomes, new construction and pet-friendly condos. If you would like, we will establish a search for the specific type of West Loop property that meets your needs. Just let us know!
Living in the West Loop has become extremely popular in recent years. And for good reason.
Contributing to the neighborhood’s success are factors like world-class restaurants, green space, premier employers, easy transportation, great schools, vibrant art scene and all around walkability. If fact, the West Loop is one of the best walkable Chicago neighborhoods. Let’s explore each of these factors in a bit more detail.
Foodies flock to the West Loop. Home to many of Chicago’s best restaurants.
World-Class Gastronomic Center
Once known as Chicago’s “Skid Row”, the West Loop neighborhood now enjoys an international reputation as a cutting-edge gastronomic center.
A Dozen Michelin Star Restaurants
Foodies love living in the West Loop.
Here you’ll find a dozen Michelin Star restaurants: Alinea, Blackbird, Elske, Kikko, Mako, Next, Omakase, Oriole, Sepia, Smyth, Yugen and Yume. Yes, a dozen in one neighborhood. Visit one per month!
And fill in the other days by checking in at restaurants by notable American restaurant industry titans such as:
Stephanie Izard – Girl & the Goat, Little Goat, Duck Duck Goat and Cabra
Paul Kahan – The Publican, Publican Quality Meats, Blackbird, Avec
Brendan Sodikoff – Au Cheval, Green Street Smoked Meats, High Five Ramen
Sarah Grueneberg – Monteverde
Rob Katz – Momotaro and Swift & Sons
Rick Bayless – Lena Brava and Cruz Blanca
Coffee & Doughnuts
And coffee lovers will appreciate all the best local and national coffee houses.
Check out Limitless, Stumptown, Sawada, La Colombe and Startbucks Reserve to name just a few.
And what’s coffee without donuts. Stop by Do-Rite Donuts, Bombobar, The Dapper Doughnut or The Doughnut Vault for your gourmet donut fix.
Then there’s the amazing night life. Enjoy an evening out at City Winery, Bar Siena, Lone Wolf Tavern, CH Distillery, The Darling, Moneygun, Kaiser Tiger and G-Cue Billards.
Living in the West Loop provides instant access to some of the very best restaurants, coffee and nightlife in the city.
And of course there are luxury accommodations for your group of visiting friends or family. For example, Robert DeNero’s Nobu Restaurant and Hotel (opens July 2020), Ace Hotel, Hoxton Hotel, Hyatt House and Soho House. All amazing.
Open Green Space
The neighborhood also has plenty of parks for kids and dogs.
The largest park in the West Loop is Skinner Park. Situated in the west part of the neighborhood, here you’ll find tennis courts, baseball fields and plenty of wide-open spaces to get outside and enjoy Chicago.
In the east section of the neighborhood is Mary Bartelme Park. It’s the newest West Loop park and offers a dedicated children’s playground, a great lawn and a fenced dog park where dogs can run off-leash. Explore Mary Bartelme Park.
Chicago’s West Loop is home to more art galleries than most other neighborhoods. Since the Best Chicago Properties office is located in the West Loop we’ve enjoyed supporting the neighborhood art scene with our own art events.
And, while the West Loop has plenty for art lovers, as you by now know, there’s really something here for everyone.
These success factors are enhanced by the various areas within the West Loop. Let’s take a look at a few of the more popular areas.
People living in the West Loop often talk about their distinctive micro neighborhood. Here we discuss three of our favorites; Fulton Market, Jackson Boulevard and Greektown.
Luxury apartment tower at 727 W. Madison perfectly demonstrates the contrast and also the complementary nature of the old and new architecture transforming the West Loop.
Fulton Market District
Situated along the north side of the West Loop is Fulton Market. It is the oldest market district in Chicago and features historic buildings where wholesale produce and meat packing outlets still operate today.
But these days most of the old buildings have been renovated for re-use. Some are vintage West Loop lofts and stylish West Loop apartments. Many are now excellent restaurants and hotels.
While there are a few warehouses still in use, now there’s Google’s midwest headquarters and a bevy of trendy new restaurants, coffee shops and art galleries.
And of course there are contemporary condos and industrial West Loop lofts. Plus, on any given evening on Randolph Street you’ll see diners dressed for an evening out arriving in style.
Here’s where Chicago (plus nearly every visitor to Chicago!) comes to dine. Learn more about Fulton Market.
Jackson Boulevard District
An often overlooked area of the West Loop is the Jackson Boulevard District.
Sitting quietly in the south-west corner of the neighborhood, the area is all that remains of an important 19th Century residential district.
These West Loop homes, as well as the Church of the Epiphany were built in the Italianate, Queen Anne, Second Empire, and Romanesque Revival styles. Incredible!
Located just west of Downtown Chicago on the east side of Chicago’s West Loop, Greektown is a dining and nightlife district.
For years this area has been a popular destination for tourists as well as Chicagoans. Here you’ll find a collection of Greek establishments including restaurants, bakeries and cafes. But it’s more than just gyros and flaming cheese …Opa! Chicago’s Greektown is home to plenty of West Loop condos and lofts, a Starbucks, a Walgreens, The National Hellenic Museum and the ever popular festival A Taste of Greece.
And finally, one of the defining factors in favor of living in the West Loop is the diversity of architectural styles.
West Loop real estate for sale includes just about everything. For example, plenty of new construction contemporary condos, luxury condos, upscale townhouses and West Loop luxury apartments for sale.
But it really all began with West Loop loft conversions. Below we’ll take a walk through the variety of loft styles you can find in the neighborhood.
West Loop Loft Styles
When we think of living in the West Loop, loft living often comes to mind. Due to its industrial past, the West Loop has more vintage lofts for sale than most other Chicago neighborhoods and thus one of the best neighborhoods to find Chicago lofts for sale.
Here you’ll find dozens of really interesting vintage West Loop lofts for sale – artist lofts, converted warehouse spaces and one-of-kind loft conversions.
Let’s take a closer look at the three basic types of lofts you’ll find in the neighborhood.
Gorgeous timber ceilings and exposed ductwork make this authentic West Loop loft living area totally unique.
Brick And Timber Lofts
West Loop brick and timber lofts are what most people think of when they think of buying an authentic loft.
You know, the classic loft with exposed brick and massive timber beams. And super high ceilings and huge old windows. Perfect light for a photographer’s or artist’s loft but also just right for every-day living.
If you’re thinking of buying a West Loop brick and timber loft there are some important considerations.
For example, old wood floors are not all created equally. Some don’t have much sound proofing in between. So if you have low tolerance for noise think twice.
And old loft buildings can be subject to massive special assessments so buyer beware.
Many West Loop concrete lofts have a storied history. Many housed manufacturing facilities where the machinery required stable flooring.
Like Singer Lofts where they made Singer sewing machines. And Haberdasher Square Lofts where Hart, Schaffner Marx made fine quality suits. Both examples of authentic lofts.
And many were built to house printing presses. Most of those are located in Chicago’s Printers Row neighborhood.
West Loop concrete lofts have some features that some buyers prefer over brick and timber lofts. For example, they tend to be less noisy. And they tend to be brighter given their higher ceilings and larger windows.
Ok, so what exactly is a West Loop soft loft? They are basically a cross between a condo and a loft. The best (or sometimes the worst) of both worlds.
On the plus side, a soft loft is typically newer than a timber or concrete loft but with some of the same features. And they have higher ceilings than typical West Loop apartments for sale. They typically offer features like 10-11 ft. exposed concrete ceilings. And floor to ceiling windows to bring in the light. The idea being to provide the loft vibe but with lower maintenance.
On the minus side, they are similar to some West Loop apartments for sale but with bedroom walls that don’t extend up to the ceiling. Some buyers don’t like soft lofts for this reason. It’s of course a bummer for privacy. Plus many don’t even have bedroom doors. Yikes, even more privacy and noise issues.
West Loop developers were building a lot of soft loft buildings from 1999 to 2006. So there are many soft lofts in the West Loop and some are constructed better than others.
To conclude, living in the West Loop often means living in an amazing loft!
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