Go back to the year 2000 and tell any random Chicago socialite strolling down Michigan Avenue that within a mere 10 years time they’d be traipsing through a vast array of chic restaurants, niche boutiques, challenging art houses and some of the most highly sought-after real estate in all of Cook County, and they’d probably assume that you’re talking about River North, Gold Coast, or maybe even Lakeview. Tell them you’re talking about the South Loop, and you’d likely be laughed at. Just a scant decade ago, Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood was considered by most to be no more than the dusty, grimy industrial burial grounds of generations past.
But somewhere in between then and now, people finally bothered to look around them and notice that the this area’s invaluable proximity to the heart of downtown Chicago, coupled with shockingly low real estate prices, held magnificent potential for a thriving and artistic social community — and the booming businesses that come with it!
Jump to present-day 2011, and one may be hard-pressed to understand how the South Loop had been neglected for so many years. The neighborhood is now anything but outdated and empty; home to several of Chicago’s most respected institutions (including Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University and the John Marshall School of Law), as well as the campuses of the Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, and Shedd Aquarium, the neighborhood’s streets simply teem with trendy locals and bright-eyed students.
Getting around this area is a breeze thanks to the numerous el stops and CTA buses. Plus, you’re just blocks from the bike-path and lake front!
Add to that many of the city’s hottest tourist attractions – such as the beautiful Millennium Park, historic Grant Park, and world-famous Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears – and you have the makings of one of the most culturally significant neighborhoods in the country! Are you interested in finding South Loop apartments? Visit our site to search for thousands of Chicago South Loop apartments!