Situated just to the west of Chicago’s famous Loop is the bustling neighborhood of — you guessed it — the West Loop. This former meat-packing district has evolved into the city’s most lively foodie destination with restaurants serving up creations from the world’s best chefs and crazy treats you can’t help but post to Instagram. After you spot the West Loop from atop the Skydeck Ledge, you’ll want to visit for its vibrant food scene and energetic sightseeing!

Where is the West Loop in Chicago? 

Where is West Loop Chicago? As the name suggests, the West Loop sits just west of the renowned Chicago Loop. Its eastern edge is marked by the west bank of the Chicago River, spanning the distance to Ashland Avenue. To the south, you’ll eventually come upon the Lower West Side, and to the north is Chicago’s quaint Goose Island. Once you cross the Chicago River going west, you’ll know you’ve arrived in West Loop Chicago. Now, what to do in West Loop Chicago? 

What to Do in West Loop Chicago?

There is always something delicious and exciting to do in West Loop Chicago. Here’s what we recommend for a day exploring this neighborhood after you visit the Skydeck. 

  • Restaurant Row: If you’re wondering what to do in West Loop, start at Randolph Street. This multi-block boulevard is known as Restaurant Row with spots ranging from those that are home to Top Chef winners and small, novelty shops that serve up desserts almost too amazing to eat. 
  • Fulton Market: You’ve also got to stop by Fulton Market when you’re in the West Loop. This industrial area preserves the feel of its old warehouses that have been converted into chic, modern spots to socialize, dine, shop, and drink. You discover great finds and take great photos at Fulton Market. 
  • Greektown: Greektown is also nestled within West Loop Chicago. Needless to say, the food adventures continue in this part of the neighborhood. Indulge in delicious Greek cuisine made by the best Greek chefs in the city. 

See the West Loop and More From the Skydeck!

What is the West Loop in Chicago? Now you know it’s a go-to neighborhood for lively dining, drinks, and shopping. If you’re interested in learning more about Chicago’s other eclectic neighborhoods like Bucktown, River North, or Lincoln Park, ask a Skydeck team member today. We’re happy to point out the neighborhoods from our vantage point on the 103rd floor of the iconic Willis Tower and clue you in on all the best things to do in each!