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7 Things You Should Know about the West Loop

May 8, 2012

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Welcome back to our Chicago neighborhood series. Last time, we discovered the eclectic Uptown neighborhood. Now, we’re off to visit the West Loop. Check out our informative list below to learn about this growing community.

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7 Things You Should Know about the West Loop

 

  1.  The West Loop is a community of change. Where mainly warehouses stood years ago, thriving businesses, eateries, and condos stand today. That doesn’t mean, of course, that the iconic factories and meat and produce markets, like those on Fulton Market, have disappeared. They are still around, giving the neighborhood its original character. The abandoned factories are too. They have been revamped and transformed into attractive loft condos.
  2.  The Great Chicago Fire started in the West Loop.The Great Chicago Fire in 1871 did start in the West Loop. Though much was destroyed by the fire, one prominent building–Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Church–was not. Old St. Pat’s, which was built in 1856, withstood the flames and is now known as the oldest public building in the entire city.
  3. The restaurants of the West Loop are hip and eclectic. Restaurants in the Randolph Market area include, the en vogue Blackbird, the sophisticated The Tasting Room, and the Moroccan jewel Alhambra Palace, among others. Skip over to Washington and you can sit down to a meal straight from the South at Wishbone, or stroll over to Fulton Market to enjoy some aged ham and beer. And we can’t forget Manny’s for their old-time deli specialties.
  4. The February issue of Details magazine named the West Loop as one of the “Six Hottest Emerging Neighborhoods in the World’s Greatest Cities.” The West Loop took the second spot on the list for its ultra cool restaurants and boutiques.
  5. The West Loop is home to top schools. Last year’s ranking of Illinois schools placed West Loop’s Whitney M. Young Magnet High School and Skinner Classical Magnet West in the top 6 schools in the state. Also the research-funded University of Illinois at Chicago is just outside the West Loop.
  6. You can get around the West Loop easily. The neighborhood scored a 91 in walkability—not too shabby. If you don’t feel like being on your feet, you can hop on the Green line at Halsted/Lake or at the new station at Morgan Street.
  7. There are beautiful sights to see. Not only do you have great views of the Willis Tower from the West Loop, but you also can enjoy the lush greenery of the 2-acre Adams-Sangamon park that opened in 2010.

Of course, there are more than 7 great things about the West Loop neighborhood. See your Century 21 Agent to explore them all.

Come back soon for our next great neighborhood adventure!

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