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South Loop


  • Vibe - Quiet / Laid-back / Strollers and Brunch
  • Nightlife - Okay
  • Dining - Good
  • Convenience - Great


  • Proximity to Lake Shore Drive (views) and Museum Campus (entertainment)
  • Expansive dining options
  • Large population of families, quiet and laid-back


  • Limited nearby nightlife options
  • Long commutes to the grocery store
  • Due to its size, some residents have long commute times

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South Loop has been home to some very recent gentrification, allowing it to emerge as an up and coming neighborhood that many people have overlooked in years past. “Sloop” boasts the largest amount of green space, an easy commute to the loop, Soldier Field or Indiana and while many of the high rises are brand new, the rent is comparably cheaper to other neighborhoods. Weekdays are filled with Blue line El rides and strolls through Grant or Millennium Park.

South Loopers can be found dining outside at Artist’s Cafe or taking advantage of their building’s ample amenities on weeknights. The weekends in South Loop are spent walking to Shedd aquarium or Adler planetarium for whimsical exploration or using the money saved on rent to attend Lollapalooza or go shopping downtown.

One of the most attractive feature of South Loop is its proximity to the loop, suburbs and public transportation options.

Grant Park is an extensive green space in the heart of the city that offers space to play and simultaneously take in the skyline at any time of day.

Architecture lovers rejoice. While most people in Chicago have to pay for an Architecture tour, “Sloopers” live in the areas that are being shown off.

After getting off the train post work, residents ease into the night at Artist’s Cafe. Which serves up tasty meals and unparalleled views of South Loop.The spectacular and ample amenities offered at many of the South Loop high rises, grants Sloopers the ability to never leave their building and still dine on great food and socialize with others.

Taking a lake shore stroll or running along the lake is easy for South Loopers, with its close and convenient location.Spend the weekend with your kids or significant other exploring the various attractions, like Shedd Aquarium near South Loop; where every week is shark week.

Forget paying for parking at any Bears’ games since some South Loopers can walk to the field in a few minutes.

If you like to listen to smooth jazz while enjoying a cocktail, South Loopers love frequenting Buddy Guy’s Legends to get their groove on.

With its location close to Grant and Millennium park and the number of festivals and concerts that take place there, South Loop residents get a front row view for free (whether they want it or not).

If this sounds like your kind of neighborhood, check out the best rated buildings in South Loop below!

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