A longtime domain of family-owned meatpacking businesses, the West Loop has become a serious foodie’s fantasy in recent years – and it’s shown no sign of slowing down.
The West Loop was a downtrodden neighborhood for much of the 20th century before it became home to the United Center, then host to the Democratic National Convention in 1996. Thus began its dramatic transformation.
The land between the Loop and the home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks filled rapidly with trendy loft conversions, new construction condos, art galleries, boutiques, nightclubs and dozens of new restaurants. The Randolph Street Market continues to be a draw with more than 200 vendors. Development continues to escalate the area’s cool factor with architecture and amenities.
The West Loop is home to a thriving restaurant district on Randolph Street, offering up everything from sushi to haute cuisine. In fact, some of the city’s finest restaurants and celebrity chefs can be found here. And the restaurant scene doesn’t begin and end there, diners enjoy favorites in nearby Greektown, Fulton Market, and Little Italy.
West Loop’s hotspot rep has attracted boutique hotels and major corporations including Google and the new McDonald’s headquarters. Developers are scrambling to get in on the action with a massive mixed-use complex, movie theater and office buildings.
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