West Loop

Living on the Edge … of Downtown

Considering Living in a West Loop Apartment Rental in Chicago?

Living in a luxurious, fully rehabbed West Loop studio apartment or 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom unit puts you in one of Chicago’s most desirable and ultra-urban neighborhoods. Centered on Randolph Street at the western edge of downtown, this fast-growing area is supplanting the roots of its gritty industrial life with modernism — sleek new high-rise buildings and restaurants flourish where once there were factories, wholesale markets and warehouses. The area today contains an interesting blend of converted lofts, mixed-use buildings and residential towers interspersed with open-air produce markets, new restaurants and vibrant nightclubs.

What Is There to Do Here?

In the old meat-packing district at Randolph Street and Fulton Market, celebrity chefs have established world-renowned restaurants that offer absolutely amazing food. “Restaurant Row,” as it’s known, offers plenty to eat and a nightlife that doesn’t quit. Sample the sushi, get a bite at the late-night diner, check out the sports bars and breweries. Beer not your thing? Try wine tasting, enjoy a champagne salon and then walk to a futuristic cocktail lounge. Still hungry? Head to the nearby Chicago French Market for specialty foods at the only year-round, indoor marketplace in Chicago.

The West Loop features chic boutiques, art galleries, antique stores and more. Art showrooms showcase textiles, sculptures, prints and painting. Greektown lies within the West Loop; here you can explore the National Hellenic Museum, old-world bakeries and lively restaurants serving traditional Greek food like flaming saganaki. Opa!

While virtually on the edge of the Loop, there is breathing room in the West Loop. Union Park is more than a playground and green space; it hosts the annual, internationally recognized Pitchfork Music Festival. Come for a day or three and enjoy the best new music as well as craft fairs, food and more.

How Do I Get Around?

Since the West Loop is practically downtown, most residents commute to work by walking or bicycling. Divvy bikes can be rented, too. Taxis are plentiful and easy to flag down. A multitude of CTA rapid transit and bus lines run often along the major north-south and east-west streets. Hop on the green line “L” at Morgan or Clinton, get aboard the blue line at the UIC/Halsted Street station, or take the 20 (Madison) bus route directly east into the heart of the Loop. Along the southern boundary, the Eisenhower Expressway provides regional access to the ‘burbs and beyond.

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