It’s no secret that over the past 20 years the West Loop has become a destination for foodies and cocktail connoisseurs alike. But with the opening of the luxury clothiers Billy Reid in October and M2057 by Maria Pinto in November, the nabe is also becoming a style magnet. And now that Google has set up shop with a massive new office on Fulton Market, expect housing prices to rise, too.
1. 1313 Randolph
A destination for architecture buffs, this art deco condo building was built in 1927 to house the Wholesale Florist Exchange (hence the large posies that adorn the exterior).
2. City Winery
Prince played at this 314-seat venue a few years back. (Yes, that Prince.) The housemade wine isn’t shabby, either. citywinery.com/chicago
3. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Get in shape with Pilates classes, learn intricate choreography, or check out world-class dancers rehearsing at this Chicago institution.
4. Lyon & Healy Harps
So maybe you don’t play the harp. But a tour of
this storied showroom, with its jaw-dropping
Old World–style instruments, may just persuade you to learn. lyonhealy.com
5. Mary Bartelme Park
Kids can clamber around the intricate playground while Fido frolics with four-legged friends at this geometric marvel. westlooppark.com
6. Old St. Patrick’s Church
To some, it’s the home of the world’s largest block party. To others, the city’s oldest standing church (it survived the 1871 fire) is a beacon of Irish culture. oldstpats.org
7. Richter’s Food Products Building
The colorful details that grace this former meat-processing plant, a remnant of the city’s hog-butchering history, make it an art deco masterpiece. 1040 W. Randolph St.
8. Kavi Gupta Gallery
This nationally recognized gallery features some of Chicago’s best artists, including Tony Tasset, Jessica Stockholder, and Scott Reeder. kavigupta.com
We’re just going to name-drop here: Boutique owner Maria Pinto has dressed Michelle Obama and Oprah. m2057.com
10. Northwestern Cutlery
At this self-proclaimed candy store for cooks, get your knives sharpened or throw down $1,900 for a Kikuichi 9.5-inch chef blade. nwcutlery.com
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11. The Allis
Afternoon tea ($32) includes finger sandwiches, cakes, a glass of rosé Prosecco, and a chance to peek into Soho House without dropping more than $1,000 on a club membership. theallis.com
Chef Curtis Duffy’s exquisite tasting
menus have catapulted Grace to the top of
the Randolph Street heap—and won the place three and a half stars from Chicago’s dining critics. grace-restaurant.com
Don’t be fooled by
the kid-friendly coloring menus. Spiaggia alum Sarah Grueneberg’s elegant new space features top-notch Italian food.
The stone hearth makes this Greektown mainstay cozy; the wood-grilled center-cut lamb chop ($42) makes it a must-visit. santorinichicago.com/new
Through February 4 Chicago Restaurant Week offers great deals; go to eatitupchicago.com to find out which West Loop spots are participating.
February 5 At the Rangefinder Gallery, see Don Getsung’s photographs of Americans who receive food
assistance. February 6 Cowboy Mouth mixes rock and Creole at Bottom Lounge.
February 17 New Orleans legends Buckwheat Zydeco
perform at City Winery.
February 18 At the National Hellenic Museum, learn about antiquities in peril in the Middle East.
February 21 Kobe Bryant (i.e., MJ lite) takes the floor for the last time at the United Center.
Starting February 26 Spencer Finch shows his colorful takes on science as art at Rhona Hoffman Gallery.
Did You Know?
Randolph Street was an open-air wholesale market in the late 19th century.