Where To Eat
The South Loop encapsulates the wider Chicago food scene with a variety of restaurants offering the city’s best. You can grab a hot dog and a milkshake on State Street or head down Wabash Avenue for a Michelin Star meal at Acadia, whose menu draws inspiration from Maine’s coastal cuisine.
Friday Night Fun
South Loop is home to quite a few late-night bars and pubs. Buddy Guy's Legends is a neighborhood staple for live blues music, while Reggies hosts local and touring rock bands. Residents can also catch a show at a local theater or an occasional concert at Soldier Field, home to the Chicago Bears.
The Perfect Sunday
Head to Yolk for their creative brunch stylings or toss around a frisbee in Grant Park, one of Chicago's largest green spaces. The South Loop also puts you within walking distance of the picturesque lakefront, a perfect destination for jogging or reading. Of course, all of Downtown Chicago’s attractions are short distance away as well. South Loop residents would do well to get a season pass to The Art Institute of Chicago, one of the finest art collections in the world.
From the South Loop, there are generally only two ways to go: north or south. There are two Red Line stations, which take one north to the Loop in just a couple of minutes or south to Chinatown and beyond. The Green Line also takes you south to Harlem and west to the suburb of Oak Park, and the Orange Line will also take you north to the Loop and southwest to Midway Airport. Farther south, there are two bus routes that will take you west to Chinatown or Pilsen.
Traffic is generally kinder to drivers in the South Loop than in other parts of Downtown, but the neighborhood still maintains an urban, walkable feel.