West Loop & Fulton Market
In recent years, West Loop has gone through a transformation from an industrial warehouse and factory focused locale to an up and coming hub for large tech companies like Google, Twitter, and Uber. This urban explosion has also created an ideal spot for families, further adding to the rapidly increasing expansion of one of Chicago’s fastest growing neighborhoods.
Once known for its gritty feel, West Loop now also offers an edgy, urban environment filled with a plethora of art galleries, design stores, boutique shops, and true loft spaces, giving this neighborhood a unique, creative style. For a sense of the city culture, make sure to check out Restaurant Row. With a huge selection of dining and nightlife like sushi, taquerias, sports bars, bakeries, breweries, wine tasting, champagne salons, and upscale cocktail lounges all within this one stretch, you’re bound to have a fun-filled night of food and adventure. The city’s only year round indoor marketplace, Chicago’s French Market is also a quick stop away, and West Loop is also home to Greektown with a newly developed museum, cultural center, some Hellenic bakeries, lively tavernas, and renowned restaurants serving traditional favorites.
Besides the attractive urban areas, West Loop also offers access to Union Park, a beautiful outlet for relaxation and recreation.
For the local resident West Loop offers a nice balance. It’s still close enough to the Loop for an easy work commute, yet far enough away to not feel engulfed by the Loop’s towering high rises. For many young adults and new families, this makes it the ideal middle ground to reside. Although the recent rush is putting real estate prices are on the rise. What has been a nice middle ground for young working adults is now becoming an increasingly popular area for more established families and higher end retail, serving as an alternative to the trendy areas of River North and Lincoln Park.