West Loop

Neighborhood guide to the West Loop in downtown Chicago.

Au Cheval (Restaurant, West Loop)

Location: 800 W. Randolph St. Phone: (312) 929-4580 Website: http://aucheval.tumblr.com/ Cuisine: Diner Reservations: Not Taken Walking into Au Cheval on a Friday [...]

Publican Quality Meats (Restaurant/Market, West Loop)

My first thought after one minute of browsing Publican Quality Meats was simply “how did it take this long for a place like this to exist?”

Drinking and Writing Theater

Some things were just meant to be together. The Drinking and Writing Theater hits the nail on the head combining two acts that can play an influential and enhancing role in the experience of each.

Redmoon Theater: Engaging Community Through Puppetry, Gadgetry, and Engineering Wonders

Redmoon Theater: Engaging Community Through Puppetry, Gadgetry, and Engineering Wonders

The Redmoon Theater defines its productions as equal parts pageantry, gadgetry, acrobatics, and ephemera. They’re creating out of the ordinary, daring productions that surprise you, dazzle you, and take place in unexpected and new locations.

The Aviary (Bar, West Loop)

This Fulton Market mixology hub is a great place to impress out-of-towners, as it really shows the popularity of craft cocktails and the Grant Ashatz dynasty.

Cirque du Soleil’s OVO

Cirque du Soleil’s OVO

As you know if you’ve seen any of the Cirque du Soleil productions, you’ll be captivated and delighted by all of the show’s hallmarks: amazing acrobats and contortionists, dazzling themed costumes, and oddball intergalactic clowns.

Chicago French Market (West Loop)

Inside the Metra’s Ogilvie Transportation Center is the last place you’d expect to find delicious French street fare, but tucked away between ticketing booths and platform entrances lies the Chicago French Market.

Flat Top Grill (Restaurant, Multiple Locations)

At Flat Top Grill, you are the head chef.

Iguana Cafe (Cafe, Bar, River West)

Location: 517 N. Halsted Phone: (312) 432-0663 Website: http://iguanacafe.com/ Do you miss those coffee shops in Europe where you could linger for [...]

DeLux (Bar, River West)

Location: 669 N. Milwaukee Ave. Phone: (312) 850-4008 Website: http://www.deluxchicago.com/ It’s amazing how certain bars become a staple for those within walking [...]

Cobra Lounge (Bar, West Loop)

Cobra Lounge is the line between punk and grunge, distinguishing that you don’t have to be dirty or unpolished to be a bad ass.

The Girl and the Goat (Restaurant, West Loop)

I won’t make any grandiose statements about how this is Chicago’s next Charlie Trotters but I will say Stephanie Izard’s food is even better in person than it looks on television.

United Center

Ahh the glory moments. Three bulls championships (in a row!) with some of the greatest players in history… the recent Blackhawks championship. All at the United Center.

Dodo & Dino’s: The Survival of Breakfast

Dodo and Dino’s Morgan Inn have found new life as a merged split personality diner, combining two very different customer basis and two very different legacies. And what a good combination it is.