Exciting urban district containing many premier attractions
Welcome to SOUTH LOOP
South Loop is an exciting urban district containing many of Chicago’s premier restaurants, nightlife spots, and cultural attractions, including the waterfront Museum Campus and the Chicago Bears’ Soldier Field. South Loop covers the area south of Ida B. Wells Drive between the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.
South Loop features many new high-rise developments with luxury apartments and condominiums. These recent additions share the neighborhood with classic architecture such as the grand 19th century mansions of the Prairie Avenue Historic District.
What to Love
- Exciting urban district
- Classic architecture
- Luxury apartments
- The Museum Campus
People & Lifestyle
South Loop is an exciting and energetic community. There are 22 colleges and universities within the Chicago Loop and South Loop is home to many students and faculty. Homes here are close to all of the best that Chicago has to offer.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
South Loop is packed with places to shop, dine, and enjoy live entertainment. Legendary music venues Jazz Showcase and Buddy Guy’s Legends have been South Loop fixtures for decades. Jazz Showcase opened on Rush Street in the 1970s while influential blues musician Buddy Guy opened Legend’s at 700 South Wabash in 1989. Both clubs have featured performances from stars such as Dizzy Gillespie and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Printer’s Row became the epicenter of Chicago’s publishing industry in the 1880s. Today, the historic buildings of Printer’s Row house loft conversions and beloved local businesses, including upscale Northern Italian trattoria Sofi Restaurant and Chicago’s second oldest pub, Kasey’s Tavern. Motor Row became an iconic strip of car showrooms in the early 20th century. Almost all of these historic automobile showrooms have been renovated into condominiums, retailers, and nightlife venues. Buddy Guy’s Legends is located on Motor Row, as is hip craft spot Motor Row Brewery. Other South Loop highlights include Acadia, an elegant New American restaurant that has earned two Michelin stars for their exquisite seasonal Maine-style coastal cooking. You can also enjoy seafood towers and mouthwatering steaks amid the Old World grandeur of The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant and Southern seafood boils at Lowcountry South Loop.
Things to Do
Motor Row is often dubbed Music Row for its concentration of live performance venues and the iconic recording studio of blues label Chess Records. Guided tours are available at the studio, where artists such as Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Aretha Franklin, and Muddy Waters recorded some of their most famous songs. Chicago’s lakefront Museum Campus is a beautiful place to explore without even setting foot in its three Neoclassical museum buildings. Adler Planetarium is surrounded by outdoor sculptures and features three large theaters and extensive exhibitions on the cosmos inside. Shedd Aquarium is home to 32,000 marine creatures. Some of its most popular exhibits include a giant Pacific octopus, sharks, stingrays, anacondas, piranhas, beluga whales, and dolphins. Field Museum contains more than 40 million natural history artifacts, including Sue, the largest T. rex ever discovered. Right next to the Museum Campus, Soldier Field has been home to the NFL’s Chicago Bears since 1971. Soldier Field has also hosted major concerts from superstar acts such as The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Metallica, U2, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Grant Park extends over 319 acres along the Lake Michigan shoreline to the north of the Museum Campus. This sprawling green space hosts annual events such as the Chicago Blues Festival in early June, the Taste of Chicago food and music festival in July, ten weeks of free outdoor classical music performances at the Grant Park Music Festival during the summer, and the Chicago Jazz Festival over Labor Day weekend. Other events in South Loop include the nation’s oldest and largest car show, the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place Convention Center in February. Printer’s Row’s literary heritage comes to the forefront during the annual Printer’s Row Lit Fest.
South Loop is served by the City of Chicago School District.
- Healy Elementary School, Public, PK-8
- South Loop Elementary School, Public, PK-8
- Devry Advantage Academy High School, Public, 11-12
- Sheridan Elementary Math & Science Academy, Public, Magnet, K-8
- Jones College Prep High School, Public, Magnet, 9-12
- Noble St Charter-UIC College Prep, Public, Magnet, Charter, 9-12