The West Loop is a trend-setting, artistic neighborhood located close to downtown, just west of the Chicago River, between Grand Avenue to the north and the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) and extending west to Ashland Avenue (1600W). Once a commercial warehouse district, the area began to change when artists converted their loft studios to living spaces and galleries.
The West Loop is perhaps one of the most urban residential neighborhoods. As the warehouses were converted and the area began to attract an artsy and edgy crowd, other young professionals took notice and moved in, as did developers who saw the potential in a growing hip neighborhood. The area still has an avant-garde feel and the lofts co-exist with newer construction in all forms, though decidedly urban. Rounding out the neighborhood are art galleries, some retail, top-tier restaurants and a hopping club scene. On the eastern edge of the West Loop is the famed Greektown and its line-up of Greek cuisine.
West Loop real estate includes high- and mid-rise condo developments, as well as single-family homes that have sprung up over the last two decades. West Loop condos start under $200K. West Loop lofts and single-families start at around $500K and can go well over $1 million.
The neighborhood is quite active with small localized events. The West Loop Community Organization is very involved in ensuring positive growth for the neighborhood, including parks, schools, traffic, development and more.
The West Loop also hosts a number of festivals, like the Taste of Randolph Street, a 3-day food and music buffet. The Pitchfork Music festival is held every July in Union Park. The Randolph Street Market, a collection of furniture, art, jewelry and fashion is a multi-weekend affair, held several times a year.
The CTA Blue Line skirts the southern edge of the West Loop and the Green Line flows into the Loop along Lake Street. A new Green Line station opened in the West Loop in 2012.