Why we love it
The West Loop is a foodie mecca. An explosion of excellent eateries has taken over this former industrial area, turning the historic warehouses into some of the city’s hottest restaurants.
Explore like a local
- In the summer, catch a movie with a skyline backdrop on the rooftop of The Emily Hotel.
- Catch live music on the patio (or curling in the winter) on the Kaiser Tiger patio.
- Try one of the best burgers in America at refined diner Au Cheval — it’s worth the wait.
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.
A few of the must-visit spots near Restaurant Row include Green Street Smoked Meats for house-smoked barbecue, avec for creative small plates, Momotaro for out-of-this-world sushi, Monteverde for fresh-made pasta, and Girl & The Goat for cuisine from Top Chef favorite Stephanie Izard.
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.
Nearby Fulton Market has a cool industrial vibe that bursts with activity, thanks to tons of trendy restaurants and bars that have taken over the old warehouse spaces. Popular spots include massive food hall Time Out Market, lush rooftop Aba, and meat-centric The Publican.
Between meals, you can explore the West Loops’s cool shops, boutique hotels, and art galleries. Epiphany Center for the Arts is a former church that now hosts rotating exhibits, live music, and performing arts. And check out the year-round Randolph Street Market for unusual vintage and antique finds.
Chicago Greeter: free guided tours
Taste, shop and explore the neighborhoods with a friendly local as your guide. Explore rich histories, diverse cultural traditions and hidden treasures. See sides of the city you may not have adventured out to on your own, and take away a truly authentic Chicago experience. Greeter visits are customized based on your choice of neighborhoods, language and interests.Request a tour with a Chicago Greeter