West Loop

Chicago, Illinois


If you're under the impression that "Restaurant Row" is the West Loop's claim to fame, then you are not alone. The area's restaurants are so densely packed that they're even spilling into the alleyways. It's not just the number of restaurants that's impressive: Chicagoans flock to this neighborhood for the breadth of culinary options, from fine dining experiences to famed burgers and diners. But unparalleled eateries are not the only attraction in this buzzing neighborhood. From here you can walk to your office in the Loop or take advantage of the endless public transportation options to carry you elsewhere in the city. 

The Fulton River District (which boasts its own bevy of restaurants), one very potent chocolate factory, the French Market, and the Hellenic Museum in Greektown also call this area home. The West Loop's popularity also stems partly from its distinctly industrial feel, with plenty of warehouse space still waiting to be transformed into a pricey condo building or Chicago's hottest new restaurant.

Homes in West Loop

Where To Live

Since the West Loop used to be a meatpacking district, many of the buildings within the neighborhood are warehouses that have yet to be converted into housing or commercial space. That's why getting into a home in this area, whether you want an industrial loft or swanky condo, is a tough task. The payoff is worth it, though, for a spot in the heart of the action with twinkling views of downtown.

Price Vibes

A favorite of urbanites and foodies, this neighborhood is trendy, upscale, and certainly not cheap. West Loop residents are willing to pay a high price for industrial-style lofts around the corner from the latest Michelin-rated restaurant. While the popular open layout floorplans promise more space then you will likely find in the Loop, the price per square foot is high. With plenty of new developments in the area, the West Loop provides ample housing for those who value its location and character.

Around West Loop

Where To Eat

Listen up, foodies — the West Loop has one of the city's most incredible culinary scenes. Much of life in the West Loop revolves around Randolph Street. Here, you'll find an array of restaurants that serve everything from inventive small plates to deep-dish pizza, casual diner food to fine dining experiences, and homemade ice cream to gelato. Au Cheval serves up one of the most famous burgers in town, while Girl & The Goat is known for its bold, inventive creations. Further north, Momotaro offers a fantastic array of Japanese cuisine, and The Publican employs a variety of seafood and pork dishes for dinner as well as an indulgent brunch menu.

Friday Night Fun

A Friday night in the West Loop will most likely begin at one of the packed restaurants on Randolph Street. Then, head to Fulton Market and switch your tune from dinner to libations at one of the bars that dot this stretch. They're not run-of-the-mill pubs and sports bars, either — you'll find wine bars, artisan beers, and craft cocktails on this side of town. West Loop is also a destination for concertgoers, with The Mid hosting well-known names in electronic music and Bottom Lounge bringing in rock and hip hop acts.

The Perfect Sunday

A Sunday in the city should always start with brunch, and West Loop has plenty of options. Once you've broken the fast, make your way to the once-monthly Randolph Street Market Festival. Here, you can find hidden gems amongst one of the nation's largest antique markets. You'll also find indie designer pieces, products from around the globe, and, of course, delicious street eats to further fuel your shopping expedition.

Transportation Options

Ogilvie Transportation Center is a Metra hub for those commuting into the city or migrating to the north or west suburbs, while the Amtrak and long-distance buses (think Greyhound and Megabus) depart from Union Station. Bus routes abound in the West Loop, taking you west, north, and south, with the 'L' taking you east to the Loop. The West Loop is also a fairly car-friendly neighborhood, especially compared to the rest of the Downtown area. Street parking is available in most areas as long as you're willing to pay the meter. Though the West Loop has prominent residential pockets, the neighborhood layout is reminiscent of its days as a meatpacking district. Large, industrial-style buildings make the area feel a little more spread out than the Loop or River North, but it is still easily navigated by foot.

Living Here

Locals Love

Culinary and nightlife scene • Easy access to public transit • Industrial look and feel

Residents Say

Most of the activity in the West Loop is centered around the great bars and restaurants on Randolph Street, but it's actually a very quiet neighborhood to live in. There's a high chance that your neighbors will be young couples with new babies or puppies.
- West Loop Resident

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