One of Chicago’s first residential districts, the South Loop was one of the only downtown areas spared by the Chicago Fire of 1871. The neighborhood experienced a manufacturing boom in the early 1900s, which still inspires much of the industrial character of the South Loop’s most sought-after properties. Today, the South Loop is one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods. Dynamic and vibrant, the South Loop has become home to people attracted to the idea of living, working, and playing in the same area.
As the demand for stylish, modern housing increases, new developments, condominiums, and loft conversions are popping up. Outside of its flourishing market for urban dwelling, the South Loop is home to many of Chicago’s top tourist attractions. Much of the eastern edge of the neighborhood is bordered by the Museum Campus, home to the city’s world-famous Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, and Shedd Aquarium. Sitting on 319 acres of Grant Park’s scenic lakefront parkland, the area is often referred to as “Chicago’s front yard”, and plays host to the Taste of Chicago, Chicago Blues Festival, and Lollapalooza. Prominent Chicago dining and shopping can be found throughout the South Loop. Dine in fashion along Michigan Avenue, or grab a midday bite at one of the neighborhood’s many cafes. The South Loop combines a laid back neighborhood feel with the electric bustle of downtown Chicago.