Located just west of Chicago’s downtown “Loop”, the West Loop is a vibrant and rapidly growing urban neighborhood in the heart of the city. The area has undergone several transformations over the years since settlers first arrived in the area in the early 1800s. A former meat-packing district, the West Loop has become one of the most dynamic dining destinations in the city. In particular, a stretch of Randolph Street known as Restaurant Row is where you’ll find many of the neighborhood’s most celebrated spots, from high-end tasting menus to hidden ramen joints to fourth-generation sandwich shops.
The boundaries of the West Loop are generally considered to run from Grand Avenue on the north to I-290 on the south and from Ashland on the west to the Chicago River on the east. There are many distinct neighborhoods that exist within these boundaries. Between meals, you can explore the West Loops’s art galleries, cool shops, and boutique hotels. Check out the year-round Randolph Street Market for unusual vintage and antique finds.
West Loop Gate – As the western gateway to the downtown, the West Loop Gate overlaps the Fulton River District, running from I-290 to Lake Street between the Kennedy Expressway and the river. It includes the historic Old St. Pat’s Church, Union and Ogilvie train stations, and the Haymarket Memorial.
Fulton Market District – The Fulton Market District (Washington to the rail tracks north of Carroll Avenue, Halsted to Ogden) is a landmarked district that has a cool industrial vibe, with a dynamic mix of meatpacking companies, world-class restaurants, and manufacturing businesses. This district covers the northeast corner of the West Loop, from the Chicago River on the east to the Kennedy Expressway and from Madison Street to Ohio Street on the north.
Randolph Restaurant Row – Internationally known, the stretch of Randolph from Clinton all the way to Ogden is home to arguably the most popular lineup of restaurants in the Midwest.
Madison Corridor – Known as the “Main Street of the West Loop”, Madison Street from Halsted to Ogden contains a mix of bars, restaurants, local shops, and other businesses that cater to neighborhood residents and visitors alike.
Jackson Boulevard Historic District – A preserved section of homes dating from the 1880s and 1890s in the area bounded by Ashland, Laflin, Adams, and one half block south of Jackson.
Greektown – Centered on Halsted Street from Van Buren to Monroe, Greektown (formerly known as “the Delta”, is home to many traditional Greek restaurants, the National Hellenic Museum, and the annual Greek Independence Day Parade. The West Loop is also home to Greektown, a bustling enclave overflowing with traditional restaurant restaurants, bakeries, and delis, and the National Hellenic Museum — the second oldest American institution dedicated to Greek culture.