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Get to know West Loop

West Loop used to be the industrial part of downtown, full of meatpacking warehouses and small factories. Lately, it’s foodie paradise, with inventive eateries from fast to fancy, and a bar and nightclub culture that keeps visitors busy post-dessert. It’s also the historical home of Chicago’s Greektown. In the summer, the streets (built wide enough for wagons) fill with live music events, pop-up cafes, and street festivals. You’ll find singles and young families in the condos of the West Loop, though it’s the singles that keep the bars and clubs hopping until all hours. Former factories have been converted into fashionable lofts, and where there’s not a pub or a pastry shop there are funky clothing boutiques and some of the city’s hottest art galleries. The neighborhood is convenient to other parts of the city by foot, car, and public transportation, though the lake can seem far away — geographically, and attitudinally.

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West 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.