Calm and mild mannered, but food and entertainment options abound
After years of being a deserted no man’s land, South Loop has come roaring back to life. Reinventing itself with hip new restaurants and a retail explosion, this neighborhood is finally getting its moment in the spotlight. The lakefront and Museum Campus are only the beginning when it comes to bragging rights for Slooper’s .While relatively calm and mild mannered compared to its busier neighbors, the community is situated in a phenomenal spot to take advantage Chicago. But one has to wonder, with culture, art and unparalleled beauty at your doorstep, what’s missing? The answer? Nothing at all.
The South Loop is located just south of the "downtown" area, also known as the loop. It is bordered to the north by Congress Ave., to the south by Cermak Rd., to the east by Michigan Ave., and to the west by the Chicago River. Nearby neighborhoods include the West Loop, River North, River West, Pilsen, Chinatown and Greektown, to name a few. Proximity to Museum Campus, historic housing districts, one of the largest urban parks in the country and the iconic lakefront are only a few of the many perks that come with living in or paying a visit to the area.
Landmarks & Scenes:
A weekend visit to the area won't even begin to cover the list of must see attractions. Proximity to Museum Campus, historic housing districts, one of the largest urban parks in the country and the lakefront are only a few of the many perks that come with living in or paying a visit to the area.
Given the onslaught of residents currently moving into the area, restaurants and bars have followed suit and are opening their doors in quick succession. For a unique experience check out The Chicago Firehouse, an upscale dining option, was once an original fire station of Chicago.
If specialty shops are your thing, then you have come to the right place. With an iconic fabric store, a tailor who will eagerly create a perfectly fitting suit from scratch, and a wine store with friendly owners who are excited to talk shop, the South Loop has some of the cities best finds.
Surrounded by a legendary theater district, as well as some of the finest dining Chicago has to offer, the South Loop is within walking distance to oodles of entertainment of options, depending on your mood.
Sports & Outdoors:
The South Loop is family and fitness-oriented with many of Chicago's main attractions, parks, and work out facilities calling it home. As well as Soldier Field, home to the Chicago Bears, it is also a popular concert venue and event space for activities throughout the year.
Arts & Culture:
the cities older areas, South Loop is full of history. The Prairie Ave. Historic District is home to some of the oldest homes in Chicago and is where many of the founding families of Chicago lived as well as The Clarke House, built in 1836, is the oldest surviving structure in Chicago. Commonly called 'Northerly Island' this concert venue sits near the museum campus, has great views of the city from inside, and is a popular venue for big-name bands coming to Chicago.
Stroller friendly South Loop is brimming with kid friendly activities that even parents can enjoy. Grab breakfast or brunch at Waffles, and then head over to Shedd Aquarium or Adler Planetarium for some hands on entertainment. Take a dip in the lake followed by a picnic to Grant Park.