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Chicago Tour: West Loop

Explore galleries, gastronomy, and Greektown in the West Loop.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 5.1 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  Originally a warehouse district, West Loop is quickly becoming home to upscale residences, restaurants, and galleries. Many businesses... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Mars Gallery

Specializing in outsider and contemporary pop art, Mars Gallery is said to possess a special energy due to its location atop a purported vortex within the earth. Whether you’re a believer of the energetic vortex or not, the regular exhibitions are worth a visit to this one-of-a-kind gallery.

Address:
1139 W. Fulton Market St.
Chicago, IL, 60607
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Even if you’re not traveling by train, Chicago’s Union Station is a destination in and of itself. Originally designed by the celebrated architect Daniel Burhma, the Great Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns, pink marble floor, and five-story vaulted ceiling, is breathtaking.

Address:
500 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60661
United States

The airy, bright atmosphere of Greektown’s Atropolis is a welcome respite from the concrete of the city. Modeled after European cafés and central marketplaces or agoras of Ancient Greece, Atropolis welcomes patrons to shop for the sweets in the bakery and browse through the Greek delicacies, including jars of olives, jam, and olive oil, in ... More

4. Chicago French Market

Founded on the principle of supporting local farmers and artisans, the Chicago French Market houses a collection of vendors selling anything from olive oil soap to grass-fed beef. Shop for artisanal goods and grab a snack at one of the several prepared-food purveyors.

Address:
131 N. Clinton St.
Chicago, IL, 60606
United States

Phone:
(312) 575... More

Enjoy great wines and knowledgeable, friendly service in this former warehouse/current wine bar. The warmly lit, romantic ambience, stunning views of the Chicago skyline, delicious cheeses and charcuterie, and, of course, wine make The Tasting Room a fashionable destination.

Address:
1415 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL, 60607
United States

Phone:
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Long before The Publican served the first sweetbread schnitzel and hay-smoked “ham chop” from a menu that reads like a map of boutique American farms, Chicagoans were in a tizzy of anticipation. Why? Because this sly tribute to Teutonic beer halls comes from the team behind the wildly popular Blackbird and Avec. Now hordes of beer geeks, oyster... More

Behind an all-glass storefront, Blackbird’s interior is sleek and minimalist, adorned with bare white walls, hardwood floors, and metallic chairs facing high-backed gray banquettes. Seating is closely packed, but diners are willing to overlook the loud, crowded environs for imaginative New American cuisine from award-winning chef Paul Kahan. The... More

Built from a 1890s print shop, this West Loop restaurant celebrates both the traditional and contemporary. Inside the dining room, glass encased chandeliers hang above the custom Art Nouveau tile floor, while Windy City memorabilia covers the walls and vintage stemware sits on each table. Showcasing natural, organic, and sustainable ingredients,... More