One Block: West Loop

Here's 11 ways to eat, shop, drink and play in this Chicago neighborhood

Just west of Chicago's downtown area, the neighborhood known as the West Loop carries its roots as a meatpacking district and today has become a burgeoning area filled with a number of award-winning restaurants as well as tech empires including a Google headquarters as well as McDonald's headquarters complete with an international concept kitchen. Here are some of our favoite places to eat, shop, drink and play.


As the site of Chicago’s famous Restaurant Row, the West Loop features award-winning venues and must-try spots from some famous Top Chefs, including Sarah Grueneberg’s Monteverde, Stephanie Izard’s Girl And ­The Goat and burger joint Au Cheval.

Monteverde 1020 W. Madison, 312.888.3041

Girl And The Goat 809 W. Randolph, 312.492.6262

Au Cheval 800 W. Randolph, 312.929.4580



The West Loop beats to its own drum, whether it’s eclectic restaurants or one-of-a-kind shopping experiences. Just opened, Heritage Bikes & Coffee pairs made-to-order bikes and specialty coffee. ­There’s also the Randolph St. Market, a monthly kitschy flea market offering upscale wares such as antiques, jewelry and art.

Heritage Bikes & Coffee 172 N. Racine

Randolph St. Market 1341 W. Randolph



The culinary scene in this neighborhood is matched well by the craft cocktail creativity at a number of see-and-be-seen spots like ­The Darling, offering a library atmosphere with fairy tale themes, as well as social club Soho House and laid back hot spot Lone Wolf.

The Darling 905 W. Randolph, 312.285.2609

Soho House 113-125 N. Green, 312.581.8000

Lone Wolf 806 W. Randolph, 312.600.9391



Experiences also abound along Randolph Street and other pockets. Punch Bowl Social is a 30,000-square-foot game emporium with bowling, virtual reality and more. Kaiser Tiger has curling lanes and outdoor courts and City Winery has a robust concert calendar.

Punch Bowl Social 310 N. Green., 312.809.9551

Kaiser Tiger 1415 W. Randolph, 312.243.3100

City Winery 1200 W. Randolph, 312.733.9463