Where you buy your Chicago home is oftentimes more important than the actual home that you buy. Aside from property values, there are many factors that affect one’s neighborhood choice, especially in Chicago. Parking, access to public transportation, crime and schools all play a part in the decision—but so does entertainment. Where to go and what to do are important when it comes to picking out your new Chicago home or Chicago condo. And if entertainment is what you’re looking for, then look no further than Chicago’s West Loop for your new digs.
This neighborhood, located directly west of downtown, is banked by Fulton Street on the north, Congress Parkway on the south, Halsted Street on the east and Racine Avenue on the west. Over the last two decades, many area warehouses have been converted to lofts, alongside other transformations, making this community a burgeoning hot spot.
But no trendy neighborhood is complete without appropriate entertainment for the day and night. To learn what the West Loop has to offer check out our list of festivals, restaurants and clubs.
- Randolph Street Market Festival (1350 W. Randolph St.) – Beginning Memorial Day Weekend through September (once a month), the Market features nearly 200 vendors of antiques, furnishings, housewares, artifacts, vintage clothing, jewelry, sterling, porcelain, lighting, ephemera, toys and collectibles, all in a fun, European-style indoor-outdoor space.
- Taste of Randolph Street (900-1200 W. Randolph St.) – Each year, for one weekend in June, the West Loop culinary community comes together for a food and music festival that includes on-site cooking demonstrations.
- The Publican (837 W. Fulton Market St.) – Beer meets sophistication in this eatery, which claims to be a “beer-focused restaurant.” The Publican offers a delicious eclectic menu, offering brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Vivo (838 W. Randolph St.) – If up-scale Italian really gets you going, then this is the place for you. Vivo’s intimate atmosphere is very contemporary for the modernista in you, but more importantly, the food is amazing.
- Sushi Wabi (842 W. Randolph St.) – Sushi con disco, anyone? Sushi Wabi spices up its menu with a DJ that spins in-house while you eat on select nights.
- West End (1326 W. Madison St.) – This bar is perfect for laying low and watching the game. With an every-body-knows-your-name-like atmosphere, West End is a local favorite. The daily drink specials are just an added bonus.
- Lumen (839 W. Fulton Market St.) – If you’re looking to entertain à la bottle-and-table service, Lumen is the place. This 5,000-square-foot club exudes trendy with its sleek, Zen-like design, and state-of-the-art audio and lighting systems.
- Bon V (1100 W. Randolph St.) – You better have your dancing shoes ready when you visit Bon V, a two story, 7,500 -square-foot ancient-inspired hot spot. If your feet get tired, relax in one of the club’s many mini-lounges.
Whether you’re looking for a leisurely day-time activity, an awesome place to eat, or a fabulous dance floor, the West Loop has it all and more.