A Closer Look At Near West Loop

Near West Loop, a Neighborhood Rental Guide

This trendy neighborhood provides a fine balance between urban renovation and historic preservation.

Near West Loop in Chicago is one of the city’s newer neighborhoods. It has only recently begun to be developed, and thus its history is short and rather straightforward. This ultra-urban, former warehouse district is one of Chicago's hip, up-and-coming neighborhoods, just steps away from Loop. Near West Loop shares corner space with fine galleries and some of the city's trendiest lofts and condominiums. Even though it had its start as an industrial storage center, it is making up for lost time by infusing the area with active life and exciting entertainment.

AVERAGE RENTS

Since the area is up-and-coming, rents can very reasonable given the new luxury apartment options. Rents can range from $1,500 to $3,500 depending on apartment size.

LIFE STYLE

Residents are able to have that neighborhood feeling right in their backyard while being close to Chicago's Loop.

COMMUNITY

A finely blended community that offers convenience at your fingertips.

TRAVEL / ESCAPE

Union Station, the Kennedy Expressway, and the Eisenhower Expressway located nearby.

HOT SPOTS

Union Park provides a popular communal space for picnics, dog runs, and recreational sports.

Transportation

Situated directly west of Chicago’s downtown Loop, near West Loop residents have the prime setup for getting about the city with ease and limited traffic. While the best mode of transportation is by walking, there are CTA routes and bus lines available as well.

3 cta routes

9 bus routes

9 metra routes

18 notable landmarks

Recreation / Entertainment

Hosting some of the most well known events, near West Loop packs a full schedule with fun and communal events and festivals that are planned throughout the year. Visiting this contemporary neighborhood to enjoy its trendy architecture is an adventure in itself.

Chicago Union Station

The only intercity rail terminal in Chicago, and the city's primary terminal for commuter trains.

Union Park

Longtime park offering playing fields, a pool & basketball courts plus a theater & fitness center.

National Hellenic Museum

Programs & exhibits in a range of mediums documenting & presenting the stories of Greek Americans.

Old St. Patrick's Church

Historic Catholic church founded in 1846 provides Sunday Mass, guided tours & an annual block party.

389 restaurants bars & coffee shops

Dining

Myriad restaurants and hip foodie fanfare defines this diverse neighborhood on the rise. From fusion sushi to succulent seafood, Near West Loop restaurants have you and your appetite covered. Near West Loop’s restaurants provide you with numerous amounts of culinary adventures.

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Casual Dining

Fine Dining

Fast Food

Nohea Cafe

Corner cafe serving sandwiches, soups & pastries & a specialty grocery with Italian meats & cheeses.

Sip Coffee House

Funky cafe serving coffee, smoothies, sandwiches & pastries in a former barber shop with 2 patios.

La Colombe Torrefaction

European-style cafe serving house-brand artisanal coffee & morning pastries in a sleek space.

Espression By Lavazza

Colorful, design-focused coffee shop chain also serves cakes, sandwiches, salads & more.

Morgan Street Cafe

Cozy counter-serve choice luring locals with artisanal coffee, specialty sandwiches & breakfasts.

Union Park Lounge

Beers, bar grub & 26 plasma TVs take center stage at this old-school bar with table & booth seating.

Crossroads Bar & Grill

Southern-tinged eats star at this wood-paneled bar & grill outfitted with whiskey-barrel tables.

Flat Top Grill

Casual, industrial spot for custom stir-fry dishes created from numerous ingredients & sauces.

Jaks Tap

Casual American restaurant with a pub vibe featuring dozens of beers plus pool tables & TVs.

Jefferson Tap & Grille

Quaint neighborhood bar with a pub-grub menu in a cozy bi-level space with a dog-friendly patio.

Sepia

Seasonal, inventive, upscale American in a brick, tile & wood interior evoking classic Chicago.

Athena Greek Restaurant

Traditional Greek food in a spacious setting featuring an outdoor patio with sweeping city views.

Next Restaurant

High-end foodie destination known for Grant Achatz's themed tasting menus & inventive presentations.

Au Cheval

The open kitchen at this upscale "diner" works with ingredients ranging from bologna to foie gras.

Vivo

Classic Italian menu & notable wine list, with rustic wood floors plus exposed brick walls & beams.

Blackbird Restaurant

Chef-owner Paul Kahan's sleek flagship known for inventive fare & a popular fixed-price lunch menu.

Chipotle

Fast-food chain offering Mexican fare, including design-your-own burritos, tacos & bowls.

Panda Express

Fast-food chain for Chinese standards, including some health-conscious options.

Fast Track

Counter-serve spot serving signature Italian beef & sausage, hot dogs & all-day breakfast.

Pockets

Counter-serve healthy eats including stuffed pitas & calzones served in a small, no-frills spot.

Nightlife / Bars

With a population of mostly college students, near West Loop bustles at night with a sundry lot: a young crowd of artists and musicians blend right in with sports lovers and day traders. With a bar for every mood, you’ll never be at a loss for a place to unwind in this Chicago neighborhood.

Bars

Nightlife

CH Distillery & Cocktail Bar

Industrial-chic lounge features cocktails sourced from on-site stills & snazzy New American bites. - Google

La Cuchara

Patrons sip martinis & other cocktails at this Zebra-themed speakeasy with nightly live piano music.

The Beer Bistro

Taproom with more than 150 brews

The Aviary

Swanky cocktail lounge with intricate drinks in super creative presentations & clever small bites.

West End

Large sports bar with 33 TVs, American food & a free shuttle to & from games at the United Center.

Richards Bar

Tin-ceiling bar with budget beers, hard-boiled eggs & a jukebox filled with rat-pack classics.

The Cobra Lounge

Intimate, laid-back lounge showcasing underground rock acts & serving an upscale bar menu.

The Mid Chicago

Sleek nightlife hotspot where clubgoers dance to top DJs while enjoying 3 bars & a VIP room.

8fifty8

High-energy nightclub featuring leather banquette seating, bottle service & a DJ-driven dance floor.

Transit Nightclub

Sleek, sprawling dance club with 5 bars & DJs spinning progressive dance, hip-hop & R&B.

Red Kiva

Centered around a sunken, circular seating area, this lounge hosts regular music sets & comedy acts.

Retail

Retail boutiques are a recent industry near West Loop neighborhood, but word has gotten out and now there are quite a few storefronts attracting the interest of local residents and shoppers from surrounding areas. Just like the neighborhood itself, near West Loop’s retail is on the rise.

100+ retail shops

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