West Loop Neighborhood Guide

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Neighborhood Overview

The West Loop and the neighboring River West are an interesting combo with modest high- and mid-rises situated among expensive condos along the river. Home to the United Center, Oprah’s Harpo Studios, Union Park, the historic Maxwell Street Market, and the fabulous Greektown, the area boasts an eclectic mix of activity.

The neighborhood is historically known as a blue-collar residential area, stemming from the nearby meatpacking district that thrived at the turn of the 20th century. However, the recent white-collar transplants have begun to create change in the area. Old meatpacking warehouses have become trendy art galleries, and shi-shi restaurants have sprung up under dark L tracks. The gentrification of the West Loop has been slow and organic, though, as opposed to some of its other west side counterparts. As one of the most authentic Chicago neighborhoods, the West Loop is certainly worth a visit.

What’s up in the West Loop

Gyms & Spas (Coming soon!)

West Loop Super Map

Public Transportation

L: Blue Line (Clinton, UIC-Halsted, Racine); Pink Line (Polk)
Bus: #7, 8, 20, 60, 126

Attractions in the West Loop

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Restaurants in the West Loop

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Nightlife in the West Loop

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Gyms & Spas in the West Loop

Coming soon!

Check out all of UPchicago’s featured neighborhoods:

Downtown North Side Northwest Side South Side West Side
The Loop Andersonville Avondale Beverly Bucktown
Magnificent Mile Edgewater Ravenswood Hyde Park Humboldt Park
River East Gold Coast North Center Pilsen Logan Square
River North Lakeview Irving Park UIC/Tri-Taylor River West
South Loop Lincoln Park Roscoe Village Ukrainian Village
Streeterville Old Town/Near North Wicker Park
West Loop Uptown