The West Loop neighborhood of Chicago is famous for being located near where the Great Chicago Fire started in 1871. These days, West Loop has a trendy vibe as it's situated near the University of Illinois at Chicago, several of the city's major hospitals, and the area's finance and trade centers. West Loop Chicago is a busy area that maintains a fast pace of life and is populated by many singles and young adults. If you're a young, professional adult who enjoys a busy social life, this is an ideal community for you.
The average rent price for apartments in West Loop Chicago is $1,300 for a studio, $1550 for a one bedroom, one bath unit, and $1900 for a two bedroom place. Included in the apartment rent are amenities such as hardwood flooring, on-site fitness centers, balconies, washer and dryer hookups, eat-in kitchens, wireless internet, and some included utilities.
There is no lack of things to do for anyone who has rents an apartment in West Loop Chicago. Nearby Greek Town and Little Italy offer restaurants, cafes, and summertime street festivals and fairs. There are also many night clubs and small art galleries for evenings and weekends out on the town with friends. The iconic Union Station is located here and serves as a landmark for the area. The Museum of Holography is a gem of the area. On weekends during the late spring through early fall, the Chicago Antiques Market is set up for the delight of shoppers.
Many apartments in West Loop Chicago allow residents to have cats or small dogs. Some places may add a pet fee to the rent. Within this community there are several vets affiliated with the American Animal Hospital Association. Pet owners will also find over a dozen pet groomers in the area. The community's dog park allows owners to toss tennis balls and play with their dogs for plenty of exercise. There are even kiddie pools set up in the summertime to cool off hot dogs.
With easy access to Amtrak trains at Union Station as well as the regional Metra and several lines of the "L" service, West Loop Chicago is a great location for commuting into other areas of the city. West Loop is also served by dozens of bus lines. Use of the public transportation system is convenient for most residents, as it runs 24/7. Residents who choose to drive can easily get onto interstates 90 and 290 but rush hour traffic extends many hours each morning and afternoon, with traffic backups common in the area. People who work unusual hours may find traffic is manageable outside of rush hour.
The Chicago Public Schools system operates public schools in the area. Nearby public schools include the John N Smyth Magnet School, Andrew Jackson Language Academy, and Walsh Elementary School. The Chicago Public Schools also operates charters in the area, such as Moses Montefiore Academy, which serves the needs of at-risk youth. Private schools include St. Ignatius College Preparatory, Montessori Academy of Chicago and The Gardner School of Chicago.