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Get to know South Loop

Not so long ago, the southern reaches of the Loop were a collection of abandoned buildings, underused rail yards, and some of the seedier destinations of downtown. Lately, though, the South Loop has become the up-and-coming neighborhood, notable for its proximity to all of eastern Chicago but most especially the lakefront Museum Campus. Some of the best restaurants in town are there, where they take advantage of slightly lower prices and some truly elegant conversions of historic buildings. This is home to the beer-and-blues side of Chicago, as well as to the Bears’ Soldier Field. A large population of college students has an effect on both the prices and hours of the local bars. There are still gracious mansions in the South Loop and even a few neighborhoods of single-family homes. Most of the luxury residences are in the lakeside high-rises or newer condo developments in the west of the district.

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South Loop Living in Chicago

There may be people who live in Chicago who do not love Chicago, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one of them. From the shores of Lake Michigan to the sprawling suburbs, Chicago is a global metropolis that still manages to be Midwestern friendly. The city has some 600 parks, and 18.5 miles of trail along the shore of the lake and another lining the rivers of downtown. The food is among the best and most varied in the world, thanks in part to a culture fed by Poles and Greeks and Mexicans and Vietnamese as well as a hundred other ethnicities. Museums and performance venues abound, and public art fills green space and public squares. Public transportation is easy, as is reaching either U.S. coast in half a day. Even in the midst of its notoriously frigid winters, you won’t find a warmer city to call home.

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