Chicago’s Hottest Neighborhood is the West Loop

Balconies on Condos by Office Tower

More recently developed than other areas of the city, the West Loop is an up-and-coming area of Chicago. This trendy, urban community provides a unique balance of modern, new buildings and historical architecture. The area was once a warehouse district but has since been transformed into a vibrant, young, and popular community with a growing number of townhomes and condos.

The vibe in the West Loop is lively and quickly becoming one of Chicago’s ‘hot’ neighborhoods. A National Association of Realtors survey of first-time buyers between July 2013 and June 2014 found that the median age of these buyers was 31 and that the median home size purchased was 1,570 square feet. As a result, the growing condo market, home sales and associated community management duties keep the First Community Management team busy and immersed in this spirited area of the city

An upscale, trendy area, the West Loop keeps you in the heart of Chicago and easily accessible to the surrounding area. It is just a few moments from the Loop, several fine galleries, and a strong entertainment area. The neighborhood provides exceptional food and entertainment, modern, newly designed homes, and historic charm.

Things to Do in West Loop

Once nothing more than warehouses and factories, West Loop has become much more urban but maintains its gritty bones. Nevertheless, there is something to do, see, or eat at every corner in this area. Start with a trip to Douglas Dawson Gallery, one of the most important locations for historic and ancient African art. UIC Theater seats about 250 people and offers various live productions throughout the year. Au Cheval is a local favorite and upscale diner serving up amazing burgers and an impressive list of beers.

Other fantastic places to eat are available on just about every street. Wishbone Restaurant is located near United Center and offers a fantastic, eclectic menu. Santorini Restaurant is one of the best in the area for Greek food. For authentic Asian cuisine, visit Saigon Sisters and for the very best in quality wine, visit City Winery in its building that dates from 1911. Other restaurants include Avec, Momotaro, Girl and the Goat, Publican, and Formento’s. And, be sure to check out Lyon & Healy Hall for a show afterward.

Facts About the West Loop

  • The West Loop area is home to about 6,146 people.
  • The neighborhood itself sits on about 0.547 square miles of property.
  • The median household income here is $87,567, higher than the $47,099 of Chicago.
  • The median age in West Loop is 34.
  • The average household size is 1.6 people. About 27 percent of the people live in a family household.
  • Crime in the neighborhood is low to moderate for the area compared to the rest of Chicago.