Best Local: Cool Eats and Shopping in Chicago’s Eclectic West Loop

If you were a Chicago local, you’d head to the West Loop this weekend. With its eclectic mix of sub-neighborhoods including Fulton Market, Restaurant Row and always-popular Greektown, the West Loop is a great place to enjoy exotic cuisine and explore some cool boutique shopping. And if you’re staying in one of our comfortable, fully furnished corporate suites at Presidential Towers (a newly redeveloped high-rise community at 555 W. Madison St.), the entire West Loop is within easy walking distance. We’ve listed some of our favorite West Loop attractions below. Check here  for more. Better yet, head over to the West Loop and see what you see for yourself.


Dragonfly Mandarin Restaurant  (832 W. Randolph St.): Chicagoans love the Koo-teigh pan-fried dumplings, a sentiment echoed in Front Desk Magazine’s review of the restaurant.

 Girl & The Goat (809 W. Randolph St.): Up for something exotic? “Top Chef” winner Stefani Izard has perfected goat – including smoked goat, goat carpaccio, goat liver mousse and confit goat belly. This may sound crazy, but she’s won nearly every award there is.

Metro Klub Chicago (733 W. Madison St.): All kosher gourmet food? Kind of strange, yet enticing. Try the MetroKlub burger or the pastrami sandwich. The strictly lunch hours make this a popular spot for business meetings.

Aurelio’s Pizza (506 W. Harrison St.): If you’d rather not eat pizza like a local, this franchise is best known for their delicious thin crust. Don’t worry, we won’t tell.


Tribeca (1035 W. Madison St.): Forever 21, eat your heart out. This contemporary boutique is seen as a perfect example of high quality at affordable prices.

Threadless (1260 W. Madison St.): Chicago born and raised, this t-shirt company is known for its unique and eye-catching designs for both men and women.

Fix  (1101 W. Fulton St.) This new boutique and the West Loop have a lot in common – Midwest style with some added funk.

Primitive (130 N. Jefferson St.) The one of a kind, hand-selected objects and furnishings found in this store are sure to make any space unique.

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