Want the downtown living experience without the constant buzz and business of the Loop? Look no further than this super cool slice of Chicago.
With easy access to downtown, summer festivals galore, and the famed “Soldier Field” right in your backyard, the South Loop is able to strike the perfect balance between a subdued, neighborhood vibe and exciting events to get you out the door and on your feet.
Green, red, orange, and blue lines make their way through this neighborhood, which also provides great highway access, and sits just a short distance from Chinatown, the Magnificent Mile, and the heart of downtown.
As the name implies, the South Loop is located just south of the main downtown stretch of the Loop, running North/South from Congress Parkway all the way down to Highway 55 (the Stephenson Expressway), with an East/West border than snakes along the river and goes all the way out to the lake.
With many of the city’s best hotels located in the area, expect to find visitors roaming the streets of this downtown neighborhood, as well.
Residents of the South Loop tend to be late 30s, with almost half the area populated by families. The median income in the area is just south of $70,000, and the rent is about double the Chicago average—expect to find professionals with moderate levels of discretionary income.
The South Loop boasts a few of Chicago’s most exciting sight-seeing destinations.
Take a short stroll and you will find the Museum Campus featuring world-class museums like the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears and a go-to destination for many of the music worlds best touring acts. Do a little digging and you’ll find the lesser known parts of the South Loop sure to really make this neighborhood feel like home. Check out “Millionaires Row,” the historic section of the area chalk-full of classic Chicago mansions from yesteryear, and pop down to Printers Row for a look at local bookstores, coffee shops, and more!
Located right next to the South Loop is Grant Park, home to some of Chicago’s most exciting summer events.
Whether you’d like to sample the city’s best eats at Taste of Chicago, groove along with the Chicago Blues Festival, head to Lollapalooza—one of the countries largest and most famous music festivals—or just hang out on an off-weekend and enjoy the lakeside sunshine. No matter what’s going on, Grant Park is consistently recognized as one of Chicago’s best green space areas.
Dynamic. That’s probably the best word to describe this incredible little pocket of downtown Chicago.
All at once a tourist and visitor attraction for its plethora of events, while being a home for local businesses, understated attractions, and classic dives, the South Loop is everything all at once… but never feels overwhelming. It always seems to give you exactly what you’re looking for.