There are quite a few distinctive micro neighborhoods within the West Loop. 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. Many excellent restaurants and hotels have joined the urban mix.
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 loft spaces. 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.
The houses, as well as the Church of the Epiphany were built in the Italianate, Queen Anne, Second Empire, and Romanesque Revival styles.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation occasionally offers walking tours of the Jackson Boulevard Historic District.
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 also has contemporary 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.