A former manufacturing district turned "industrial chic," the West Loop is mixture of bars, clubs, great restaurants, art galleries, fish and meat markets, manufacturing plants, warehouses, converted lofts, and new condominiums. Greek Town is here too and you know you're in the West Loop when you smell the rich scent of chocolate wafting from the Blommer Chocolate Factory.
The West Loop was once the site of the Haymarket Riot of 1886, an event that broke out on Randolph Street, directly in the heart of the West Loop, which helped inspire the annual May Day observance for international workers. Pitchfork Music Festival is held at Union Park, also in the West Loop and the intensely popular Chicago antique market is held on the last Saturday of the summer months here. The West Loop features a truly remarkable mixture of new and old buildings, an exciting dining scene featuring some of the best restaurants and chefs in the city and nightlife options from dive bars to high-end cocktail lounges and night clubs that give residents plenty of possibilities for where to take their night.
The West Loop boasts thousands of new construction apartments in the neighborhood, which means that the choices for would-be residents are plentiful. Residents live only a few blocks from the Loop, which simplifies commuting. The green el line runs along Lake Street, but makes only one stop in the neighborhood. Buses running along Madison and Jackson are the most reliable source of public transportation.