As the original “Gold Coast,” the South Loop holds history dating back to the late 19th century. While much of the 20th century was focused on other neighborhoods in Chicago, the South Loop started its comeback in the mid-1990s. Today, Printers Row and the Motor Row Historic District feature new developments complementing the growing local retail scene.

Being situated exactly south of the Loop provides an easy commute for downtown professionals. The red, purple and orange L lines all run through the South Loop for access to other Chicago neighborhoods. Some of Z Chicago’s favorite spots in the South Loop include:

  • Educational outings: The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium
  • Festivals galore: Grant Park – 319 acres of fresh-air green space where Taste of Chicago, the Chicago Blues Festival and Lollapalooza are held
  • Summer fun: Northerly Island
  • For football: Soldier Field
  • Nightlife: Scout

The South Loop’s transformation from labor-centered neighborhood to residential mecca means many homes are fashioned out of old warehouses and factories. Loft conversions bring an artsy vibe into the once predominately commercial spot.