West Loop

West Loop

Chicago, Illinois Homes for Sale

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About West Loop

The West Loop has worn many hats over the years. What was once a meatpacking district and later home to Oprah's studio is now one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Chicago. That's because it now has just about everything an urbanite could want — an industrial aesthetic, access to public transit, great restaurants, and a lively nightlife scene. All you have to do is find a home to make this buzzing area your new neighborhood.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $240,000 to $4,300,000

Closed Prices: $157,375 to $5,600,000

Median Sale Price: $432,500

Average $ per sq ft: $391

Association Fee Ranges: $0 to $472, $622, $0 to $22758/mo

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1867 to 2023

Sq. Ft.: 558 to 6000 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 5 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 6 Bathrooms

Getting Around West Loop

Around West Loop

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.

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.

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.

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.

The West Loop revival has been a complete success, as evidenced by the number of people who spend their weekends and evenings strolling this industrial stretch. Randolph Street's restaurants draw the largest crowds, especially on the weekends. Over the summer, locals head to the West Loop for its many street festivals that revolve around -- what else? -- the eateries in the area.

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.

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.

Locals Love

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

Locals Don't Love

  • Difficulty in finding parking
  • Pricey housing
  • Super competitive housing market

Neighborhood Reviews

6 Reviews
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Love this neighborhood!

Jillian K
I've been living in the neighborhood for about a year and a half, and I absolutely love it. It's clean, quiet and family (and dog) friendly. We're dog owners, and there are a couple of great dog parks in the neighborhood. All the food in the area is great, and all the local business owners are very welcoming. Members of the West Loop community appreciate the neighborhood and take the time to make it a great place to live. My only complaint is that I wish I would've purchased over here a few years ago!

Love the West Loop

Lauren C
Great restaurants, parks, and easy transportation to the Loop.

Everything at your finger tips

Rosie R
West Loop provides not only the best restaurants in the city, a great art scene, Soho House and apartment living but also it is called West Loop "Gate" for a reason. Living in West Loop you will be in walking distance of pretty much everything worth seeing in the city.

Beer, Whiskey and Good food.

Zac R
West Loop contains some of the best restaurants in town (visit Little Goat if you have time around brunch or Au Cheval for an excellent burger). Great bars where you can find tasty cocktails (great Old Fashioneds), craft beers and a solid atmosphere. Definitely, recommend this neighborhood to anyone that wants to have everything the city offers at their finger tips.
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