Living In The West Loop
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 their neighborhood.
Foodies flock to the West Loop. Home to many of Chicago’s best restaurants.
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.
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
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.
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.
Attention dog owners, read why the West Loop is now one of the best neighborhoods for dogs in Chicago!
Vibrant Art Scene
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.