We Are The West Loop

We Are The West Loop

If you live in Chicago then you’re aware of the change or rather explosion that has taken place among the former factories, wholesale markets and warehouses on the edges of downtown. Once the mecca of meatpacking within city limits, the West Loop is now growing at the speed of light and has respectively taken the title of Chicago’s fastest developing neighborhood. While we’ve sadly bid adieu to a majority of family owned butcheries and packing companies the West Loop still somewhat retains its industrial and gritty roots. This grit is what makes this area so special. From artists, restaurateurs, fashion designers and families the West Loop seems to welcome a diverse array Chicagoans, making it an ideal urban neighborhood. (Live with Reside: 945 W. Fulton Market)

Reside Living Standout Spots:

La Sirena Clandestina– La Sirena is a gem bar and restaurant located in the West Loop’s Fulton Market area. Chef John Manion (also of El Che) sought to create a dark and slightly mysterious atmosphere of a hidden spot you might stumble upon at a beach in South America. From the bossa nova and Argentine ballads playing overhead to the shades of turquois used to accent the walls the diner truly feels removed from their urban reality. If you’re in for brunch we suggest sampling chilaquiles (fried plantains, salsa verde, Chihuahua cheese and egg.) To sip we suggest the mimosa tenuiflora (pimms NO.1, yerba mate gin, chamomile, quince, lemon and sparkling.)  954 W. FULTON MARKET (www.lasirenachicago.com)

Billy Reid ChicagoBack in May of 2015 clothing designer Billy Reid chose the West Loop’s Fulton Market district for its first Chicago based standalone shop. A luxury life-style brand Billy Reid is the first major soft goods retailer to plant a flag in this rapidly changing neighborhood. The brand is known not only for its beautiful clothing but also for having strong ties to cultural communities. The space itself is stunning. From the moment you enter you can’t help but feel Billy’s love of the south. The grand entrance with a large staircase and the ascending art work that leads to the second level is so welcoming you will question ever leaving. You feel right at home. This store isn’t just about shopping. It’s about living the brand. 845 W Randolph St. (www.billyreid.com)

The Office (Aviary Chicago) – If you’re from Chicago then you might be familiar with The Alinea Group. If not then you are most certainly familiar with world famous chef Grant Achatz. Always ahead of culinary trends this chef and restaurateur was one of the first to cement his roots in Chicago’s West Loop.  Today he hosts three of his four concepts in the neighborhood with another in development.  We can’t help but marvel at the quality and creatively driven concepts this restaurant group continuously produces. One of those concepts is The Office. An exclusive 14 seat speak easy tucked behind a locked door beneath the Fulton Market cocktail lounge The Aviary. Everything about the space is classic.  The lighting is dim and the seats are leather and plush. Even better the cocktails range from inventive to classic, so there’s something for everyone. Our suggestion, give the bartender your favorite flavor profiles and allow them to create a one of a kind tailored libation.  Our second suggestion, order the steak tartare it’s the best in the city. 955 W Fulton Market (https://theaviary.com/site/ )

Street Art- Walking the streets of the West Loop you can’t help but notice the street art. What we love about this neighborhood is that it continues to retain an urban and artistic vibe.  Yes the streets are lined with fabulous restaurants and bars but they are also lined with authentic works of art, giving it a gritty yet vibrant feel. We find that our surroundings lend to creativity and to the creativity of those around us. In the spring and summer you will often catch people out photographing the neighborhood or working on newly commissioned murals. It’s truly easy to see why so many art galleries have chosen to call the West Loop home. ( Reside Living)

 

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