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West Loop
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information


West Loop Overview

This ultra-urban, former warehouse district is one of Chicago's hip, up-and-coming neighborhoods, just steps away from Loop. The West Loop shares corner space with fine galleries and some of the city's trendiest lofts and condominiums. The neighborhood is great for those who like being next to downtown, but enjoy a little breathing room. Even though it had its start as an industrial storage center, the West Loop is making up for lost time by infusing the area with as much active life and entertainment options as space will allow. Beginning with a couple public parks, the community is not for want of open expanses of green or recreation opportunities these days. In fact, West Loop's Union Park is more than a playground – it doubles as an annual outdoor festival venue for the popular Pitchfork Music Festival each year. West Loop is also gaining fame for its exceptional cuisine with more celebrity chefs opening up shop in the area more than any other neighborhood.

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In the West Loop, residents can have that metropolitan feeling right in their backyard minus the hassle of downtown living. It's no surprise that the number of condos here have doubled in just a few years with new condominium complexes continuing to go up all the time. Since the area is up-and-coming, West Loop real estate prices are still cheaper than in parts closer to the waterfront or in established Chicago neighborhoods north of the Loop, and the population is significantly lower than in communities like River North and Lincoln Park. Plus, any complaints about it being unsafe are wearing thin: In the past two decades the West Loop has become one of the safer city neighborhoods and crime levels continue to decrease each year.

Developers here are also taking a different approach compared with other Chicago neighborhoods, vowing to preserve the charm of the area and working to integrate its history with modern living. In addition to the new developments, there are several rehab projects in the works, including loft condominiums and old warehouse buildings that are being converted into luxury units.

West Loop History

What started out in the late 1800s as part of Chicago's warehouse district has recently become one of the trendiest neighborhoods for young families and working thirty-somethings in the city. Even though its roots dig more than a century back, in terms of the residential market here, the West Loop is a relative newbie.

In the 1800s, immigrants of mixed backgrounds, many from Eastern Europe and Russia came looking for work and began settling in the region. Still, the West Loop remained a relatively industrial place. It wasn't until Greektown was founded later in the century that commercial sites and eventually residential housing started to go up in the vicinity jumpstarting the West Loop's history.

In the 1920s, flappers ruled the dance floor, Prohibition prompted the Dry Law, and a wave of immigration brought in a diverse lot of people—some of whom came to work in the factories and ended up staying in the neighborhood to live, resulting in even more expansion. Forty years later, when the University of Illinois expanded to open its Chicago campus (just south of the West Loop), the need for housing increased dramatically, and new developments became the answer, spurring a trend towards converting existing warehouses into cool lofts and condominiums.

Today the area is best described as “industrial chic” and a fast-developing neighborhood where dockworkers can grab a cup of coffee on the same corner that the Queen of Talk herself Oprah Winfrey call used to call home.

Freight trucks mingle with BMWs along the neighborhood's border roads of Ashland Avenue and Halsted Street, while parents pushing baby strollers strut alongside dog walkers and joggers. We think this section of town has a fine balance between urban renovation and historic preservation, especially since the local charm has remained intact: Many wholesale warehouses have been given new life as art galleries, while local policy-makers have managed to preserve long-time industries still important to Chicago's livelihood.

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As Chicago neighborhood experts, Dream Town has successfully sold properties in West Loop. Dream Town holds a well-earned reputation for its impressive sales volume and dedication to personal, attentive service. Benefit from the Dream Town advantage when selling your West Loop home. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Dream Town drives more sales than any other Chicago brokerage.

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Schools In The West Loop Area

See grade levels, address, and scores for schools in the West Loop area.

School Type Grade Rating

De Diego Elementary Community Academy

1313 North Claremont Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Cather Elementary School

2908 West Washington Blvd - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Columbus Elementary School

1003 North Leavitt St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Dett Elementary School

2131 West Monroe St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
1

Young Magnet High School

211 South Laflin St - public

Middle - High 7-12
10

Salazar Elementary Bilingual Center

160 West Wendell Street - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
5

Galileo Elementary Math & Sci Schol Acd

820 South Carpenter St - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
8

Calhoun North Elementary School

2833 West Adams St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Payton College Preparatory High School

1034 North Wells St - public

High 9-12
10

Josephinum Academy

1501 North Oakley Boulevard - private

High 9-12
NR

West Town Academy

2021 West Fulton Street - private

High 9-12
NR

Chicago Lighthouse

1850 West Roosevelt Road - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Rush Day School

2150 West Harrison Street - private

Elementary - Middle 2-8
NR

Suder Montessori Elementary Magnet School

2022 West Washington Blvd - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-8
3

Lasalle II Lang Acad Elementary School

1148 N Honore St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
8

Rauner College Prep

1337 W. Ohio St. - charter

High 9-12
9

YCCS Virtual High School

Malcolm X College Room 2416, 1900 W. Van Buren - charter

High 9-12
NR

Esperanza School - Intensive

520 North Marshfield Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Ucan

3110 West Grand Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

LEARN 7 Elementary School

3021 W. Carroll Avenue - charter

Elementary K-5
NR

School data provided by GreatSchools.School service boundaries are intended to be used as reference only. To verify enrollment eligibility for a property, contact the school directly. GreatSchools Ratings provided by GreatSchools.org.

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