Chicago is filled with such vibrant and lively neighborhoods, and in my opinion there really isn’t one that is better than another. One neighborhood that I have come quite accustomed to is West Loop. I feel like every time I am in West Loop, there is a new store or restaurant that is making a name for itself.
That being said, I have had one too many cocktails along restaurant row on Randolph Street, and the cute boutiques are too cute to not stop in.
So the perfect day in West Loop it is. West Loop is a neighborhood that if you find yourself walking around at 7PM on a Wednesday, black cars are lined up waiting to pick up their guests and restaurants are packed. The neighborhood is alive and partying like it’s a Friday night, with the hope of avoiding a hang over the next morning by sipping on the same classy cocktail all night as opposed to getting sloppy.
So what does my perfect day look like in West Loop? Read more below to find out and make sure to read my post on the perfect brunch spot, at Three Arts Club Cafe in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood if you would like a change of scenery.
If you are heading out to West Loop solo (never a bad idea) start off with a coffee at The Allis at Soho House. It tastes as good as it looks and don’t think twice about ordering the avocado toast. This is a great spot to do a little work, have a morning meeting or grab brunch with a friend before you start your day.
I love the west loop for its lofts and industrial buildings. The run down areas have a bit of character to them, and it’s neat to walk around and see. I encourage you to walk the blocks- start around Fulton market and make your way down to Jackson. Great photo spots for sure.
For lunch, I am a huge fan of Beatrix and haven’t had something I haven’t liked yet. The ambiance is open and airy, a great hang out spot with delectable bites and bulletproof coffee.
Feeling like you want something a little more quick? Try Honeygrow and you won’t be disappointed. Everything is made to order, is so fresh, and the quality of the ingredients is five star. They make everything in a skillet but it isn’t Asian infused unless you would like it to be. I always get the red coconut curry bowl with spicy ground turkey. It is amazing!
After lunch, head on over to the new Anthropologie that opened. If you haven’t already stocked up on their fall candles, their Heirloom pumpkin candle is the best purchase you will make this fall, I promise!
For something a bit more clean but still filling, I would recommend Bad Hunter for dinner. It is so cozy inside and their cocktails do no harm. I would swing by Escobar afterwards for some fun dancing and music (might I add the people watching is on point). You enter through the back of Ronero through the back door. Make sure to bring your dancing shoes!
What is your favorite neighborhood hot spot in your city?!