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One of the fastest growing tech hub has just landing in West Loop, Chicago. Once prominently known as the “Meat Packing District” has now reinvented itself. Artsy community of Chicago is one of the top communities for new construction condos and rental buildings. The majority of the lofts found in West Loop were once factories now converted into condominiums.
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West Loop in Chicago, IL
The West Loop neighborhood in Chicago is one of the city’s newer neighborhoods to be developed. In the 1800’s, the area was first inhabited by immigrants looking for employment. Most of the area however, was a warehouse district with plenty of factories and businesses. In the late 1800’s, Greektown was founded and some commercial sites were brought into the area. In the 1920’s, more and more diverse ethnic, as well as religious groups began moving into the area. The opening of the Chicago Campus of the University of Illinois brought even more people to the area, however the West Loop area was still not the safest or the most desirable place to live. In 1988, Oprah Winfrey, along with a team of investors purchased a former cold storage warehouse on Washington Boulevard and established the building as the headquarters for Harpo Studios. In 1989, the Oprah Winfrey Show was filmed at this location. As one of the most popular television shows at the time, the Oprah show drew thousands of visitors each year to the West Loop area. The area has transformed tremendously in the last two decades with the conversion of many warehouses to loft buildings and the opening of so many incredible restaurants. Today, the West Loop is without a doubt a trendy area with cozy cafes, popular night spots, and spacious lofts.
Without a doubt, the West Loop/Fulton Market District is one of the hottest areas in the city in terms of food and drinks. Randolph Street’s “Restaurant Row” is where you’ll find the latest in cutting edge cuisine, but traditionalists still flock to Greektown for their famous flaming cheese. Check out SOHO House, Girl & the Goat, Au Cheval, Lone Wolf, The Publican, Bottom Lounge, the Aviary, and so many more. In addition to all of the amazing restaurants and bars, check out the shopping scene, where you can find shops with fine men’s suits, chic women’s dresses, home décor, and so much more.
10 minutes to Chicago Loop
20 minutes to Midway Airport
20 minutes to O’Hare Airport
Distance to Downtown
The West Loop’s proximity to downtown attractions was enhanced about five years ago when the CTA opened an elevated “L” train stop on Morgan and Lake Streets. This allowed residents, as well as visitors to have easy access to popular tourist areas in the downtown area. The CTA Pink and Green Lines run through the West Loop and bus service is also available. I-90 access is located nearby, as well as Metra’s Ogilvie Station and Union Station, which are both walking distance.
For those who are into all things vintage, check out the Randolph Street Market, which features nearly 300 vendors that offer vintage and retro clothing, furniture, jewelry, housewares, and records, and so much more. Be sure to check out the Chicago French Market, which is a European inspired indoor food market that offers over 30 local food and artisan purveyors under one roof. If you’re looking to do something more active, check out Brooklyn Boulders, which is an urban rock climbing space that merges fitness with art, music, tech, co-working, and events. Also, stop by Old St. Patrick’s Church, which is the oldest public building in the city and one of the few to have survived the Chicago Fire of 1871.
The West Loop is home to two of the top schools in the Chicago Public Schools system, including Whitney Young Magnet High School and Skinner North Classical School. Other schools include The Gardner School of Chicago, Montessori Academy of Chicago, and Bennett Day School.