The West Loop neighborhood of Chicago started out as a warehouse district in the 1800s. What that means for today's residents is a hip urban environment with a wealth of art galleries and true loft spaces – the kind with exposed bricks, completely open floorplans and wood beam ceilings. It is bordered on the North by Fulton Street, on the South by Congress Parkway, on the East by Halsted Street and on the West by Racine Avenue. Close enough to the Loop for a quick work commute but not engulfed by towering high-rises, the West Loop is a perfect middle ground for many of Chicago’s young working adults and families just starting out. Known as the Loft District of Chicago, homeowners fall in love with spacious residential spaces complete with large windows, and unique floor plans.
West Loop is one of the city's cultural hubs. The FLATFILE galleries deals primarily in photographic art, and provides art to such clients as Ralph Lauren. The Fassbender Stevens Gallery is a 5,000 square foot gallery with a focus on minimalism, abstraction and installation art. Kavi Gupta presents artists in several mediums including paint, photography and drawing. The Thomas McCormick Gallery emphasizes mid-century modernism and Abstract Expressionism, in a variety of mediums including painting and sculpture.
Much of the West Loop’s fine dining and culinary greats are located on Restaurant Row, along Randolph Street. The strip of eateries makes its way west to Union Park. Here you can sample a variety of different cuisines. Order sushi and sake at Izumi Sushi, enjoy a pan-Asian experience at Red Light, or get great American food at Extra Virgin.
It’s pretty easy to traveling about the West Loop neighborhood, whether you have a car or catching the “L” train. The CTA's Grand Avenue bus runs along the northern border and the Ashland and Halsted routes run along the western and eastern borders.
The West Loop Chicago has changed drastically since its beginnings as an industrial area. Now home to some of the city’s most sought-after residences, locals know that their neighborhood is, in many ways, the place to be. Visitors, drawn by the wide variety of attractions and events the neighborhood has to offer, are quickly persuaded of the same.