A few things to know about Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.
This neighborhood just west of the Loop was, for about a century, a manufacturing corridor with scores of brick factories and warehouses containing produce outlets, meat markets, and other industrial operations. As those businesses began to leave, the lure of the area for adaptive reuse begin to grow.
Not only was the West Loop in close proximity to downtown, its low-rise buildings offered unobstructed views of Chicago’s skyline and initially affordable rents.
The creative restaurants and early loft-dwellers came first, but soon many more followed as amenities increased, the CTA added an “L” train stop at Morgan and Lake Streets, and some major employers moved in. While Oprah’s Harpo Studios has left, Google and McDonald’s headquarters are now calling West Loop home.
Today those handsome brick buildings contain loft residences, award-winning restaurants, boutique hotels, art galleries, retail boutiques, high-end bars and nightclubs. More Chicagoans are now deciding not to simply uber in for an excellent meal, but to settle here.
Many young families have found that the neighborhood fits their needs. The West Loop continues to become more energized, more beautiful, and more livable with each passing day.