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A complete guide to the West Loop neighborhood

Explore the West Loop with our guide to the neighborhood's best restaurants, bars, shops and things to do

Photograph: Colin Beckett
Ring in the new year with a prix-fixe meal at RM Champagne Salon.

The West Loop is one of the most happening neighborhoods in Chicago. It's home to some of the city's best restaurants (including the best burger in town), amazing shops and a bar scene that's hard to beat. It's also incredibly easy to get to—the Blue, Pink and Green lines all run through it, and one of several buses can get you there in a jiff. There's no doubt the West Loop is far and away the best Loop.

Restaurants

The best restaurants in the West Loop

Once strictly an industrial area, the West Loop has been transformed into Chicago's hottest dining hood.

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Bars

The best bars in the West Loop

From molecular gastronomy cocktail bars to several awesome beer bars, you won't go thirsty at these West Loop watering holes.

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Attractions

The best attractions and things to do in the West Loop

Explore the many terrific art galleries and find plenty of things to keep you busy in the West Loop

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Shopping

The best shops in the West Loop

Fine men's suits, chic women's dresses, home decor, running products and more— be prepared to drop some dough while you're downtown.

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Restaurants

Cheap eats in the West Loop

The West Loop boasts some of the best Chicago restaurants, but eating there doesn't have to cost a fortune.

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Things to do

West Loop residents tell us their favorite neighborhood spots

Anyone who lives in the West Loop knows that the neighborhood absolutely rules.

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