South Loop

Up-and-coming neighborhood with rich history
Filled with attractive parks and magnificent historical landmarks, South Loop is a place for everyone. From music at Chicago Blues Festivals to history at Field Museums and Adler Planetarium, this neighborhood encompasses a rich cultural diversity.
What South Loop Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
8.0
value
8.0
amenities
8.0
social
7.3
management
8.0
safety
8.5
Median rents in South Loop
Studio
$
1600
1 Bedroom
$
1765
2 Bedroom
$
2438

Living in
South Loop

Proximity To Amenities
Clean
Developing
Quiet Neighborhood
Safe
Great Bars And Restaurants
Pet Friendly
Good Location
Walkable
Noisy At Times
Expensive Parking
South Loop — 8.3/10 Rating (based on 29 neighborhood reviews)
Everyone is very friendly and it's a great neighborhood for dog lovers/owners. Great local restaurants and very walkable to absolutely everything you could need. Super close to every subway line. Very safe. Nearby college students can get rather loud on the weekends. Parking is expensive if you need to rent a monthly space.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Printers Square
The Loop and train stations are easily accessible from Printer's Row. It's also near Grant Park and the Lake, which are great during the summer. There are some decent restaurants and a few bars, but if you're young you'll probably be heading up to River North and further north for a night out. Overall, the neighborhood feels very friendly and has a great location. Also, new construction in the South Loop will surely make Printer's Row even better.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Printers Square
It's a lot livelier than Hyde Park, and you are far more connected to the rest of Chicago. Printer's Row feels a lot safer too, and I do not feel as concerned when I walk around at night. It has great little bars and restaurants, and is close to a Trader Joe's, Jewel, and Target. There is a Mariano's and Whole Foods a few minutes further away.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Printers Square
Being near the Roosevelt stop, I think the South Loop is great. It's up and coming, with bars and restaurants, the L right there, and right next to the museums/lakefront.

I would be more hesitant to live very south of Roosevelt, like 18th or so. Things become much quieter and it's a farther walk to things.
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8
/10
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State Place Tower
Printer's Row is near the Loop and train stations and is therefore easily accessible. It's also near Grant Park and the Lake which is great during the summer. There are some decent restaurants and a few bars, but if you're young you'll probably be heading up to River North and further north for a night out. Overall, the neighborhood feels very friendly but has a great location, and new construction in the South Loop will surely make Printer's Row even better.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Printers Square
I love South Loop. It's close enough to Hyde Park that you don't feel like you have a terrible commute to get to the law school, and it's in the city enough that you feel like you're in Chicago. the streets are nice and wide, it's busy but not too busy, there are grocery stores and a couple of decent food options - it's a perfect compromise position for a law student that still wants to be in Chicago proper.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Park Michigan Apartments
There is every single train line here, plus a huge number of buses, so no need to have a car. There is also an insane amount of shopping nearby, and a giant library, which is my favorite. Top notch.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Chicago Club House Studio
The area is still up and coming. There are plenty of grocery stores and some shopping that is easily drivable. It is much cleaner than the loop area. The nightlife scene isn't great, but there are a few good restaurants in the area. Also can't beat living across from Grant Park! The Loop area and River North is walkable, or very easy with public transportation.
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7
/10
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1130 South Michigan
Great neighborhood with beautiful views of the city. Really starting to boom and will continue to grow to be one of the hottest in the city. Does not feel 'neighborhood-y' as some of the western and northern neighborhoods due. Feels like you're still in an urban environment, just outside of the loop.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Lofts at Roosevelt Collection
South loop has a great number of breweries and a decent number of restaurants (not like west loop or more northern neighborhoods). Great biking/walking/running ability with lakefront path being close and roads with good bike lanes.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
1720 S Michigan Avenue
Neighborhood is essentially between the Loop and South Loop. It has lots of restaurants and grocery stores, as well as schools from K-12 in walking distance. Transportation is a breeze as there are plenty of options.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
600 S Dearborn St
Neighborhood gets quiet after work hours. Only bad part is finding something open for quick bites. Usually find something open if you walk a bit or take transit somewhere.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
611 S Wells St
I really like living in the South Loop! There's tons of bars and restaurants in the area, with a range in prices for everyone.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
AMLI 900
The neighborhood is growing quickly. Lots of restaurants and stores. Tons of grocery store options.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Lofts at Roosevelt Collection
The neighborhood is easy for traveling to campus and other areas of the city.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
AMLI 900
It's a lot livelier than Hyde Park, and you are far more connected to the rest of Chicago. Printer's Row feels a lot safer too, and I do not feel as concerned when I walk around at night. It has great little bars and restaurants, and is close to a Trader Joe's, Jewel, and Target. There is a Mariano's and Whole Foods a few minutes further away.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Printers Square
I love South Loop. It's close enough to Hyde Park that you don't feel like you have a terrible commute to get to the law school, and it's in the city enough that you feel like you're in Chicago.
The streets are nice and wide. It's busy, but not too busy. There are grocery stores and a couple of decent food options - it's a perfect compromise for a law student that still wants to be in Chicago proper.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Park Michigan Apartments
Everyone is very friendly and is a great neighborhood for dog lovers/owners. Great local restaurants and very walkable to absolutely everything you could need. Super close to every subway line. Very safe. Nearby college students can get rather loud on the weekends. Parking is expensive if you need to rent a monthly space.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Printers Square
Great proximity to Loop, but less touristy than River North and more lively than the West Loop. Downside: gets very congested when there's an event at Soldier Field or in Grant Park.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Park Michigan Apartments
Getting to school with a car is great, because there is never traffic on Lake Shore Drive south of soldier field. Jewel, Trader Joes, banks, a movie theater, and some good restaurants/bars are around. However, I live near the Roosevelt L station though, which is the most active part of South Loop.
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/10
Neighborhood Rating
State Place Tower
Close to everything, but not so close it's congested or a headache to get from place to place. Trader Joe's, Jewel, nearby. Plenty of bars and restaurants walking distance. Walking distance to the el, Soldier Field, the Shedd. Also, easy access to the expressway if you're driving.Street parking is typically plentiful, except during events at Solider Field (parking ban during games).
If went further south than 22ND street it tends to get a little sketchy, but overall a nice area.
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8
/10
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Terrazio
Getting to school with a car is great, because there is never traffic on Lake Shore Drive south of soldier field. Jewel, Trader Joes, banks, a movie theater, and some good restaurants/bars are around. However, I live near the Roosevelt L station though, which is the most active part of South Loop.
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/10
Neighborhood Rating
State Place Tower
There is every single train line here, plus a huge number of buses, so no need to have a car. There is also an insane amount of shopping nearby, but a giant library, which is my favorite. Top notch.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Chicago Club House Studio
The nearby restaurants are really good. We have only tried a few places (MAGO, Freshii, and a few others), but so far all good. We have walked around the neighborhood no later than 11pm or earlier than 6am and have felt completely safe.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
AMLI 900
The South Loop has many great restaurants and is great in terms of walking. It's easy to get to the loop and pretty much anywhere else in the city. I also think the neighborhood is quiet, which is perfect for a young professional.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
AMLI 900
Great area with lots of restaurants & gyms nearby. However because we're right next to State/Roosevelt, there can sometimes be shady people loitering around the intersection
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9
/10
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Vision On State
The south loop is a great 'connector' location. Still all the benefits of living in the city, but easy for us as we work south.

Very family friendly area.
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10
/10
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1130 South Michigan
Love living in the South Loop. Super close to public transit, the lakefront running path, and lots of coffee shops.
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/10
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Burnham Pointe
Although not near campus, UChicago is very easily accessible via the #2 bus (about a 20 minute commute). The area is very safe, relatively quiet, and close to down-town amenities. There are not many restaurants in walking distance, but River North restaurants are within 10 minutes via public transit.
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8
/10
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Getting to Know
South Loop

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundary: S Lake Shore Dr to S Canal St
North to South Boundary: W Congress Pkwy to Stevenson Expy
dining
Amarit Thai
Argo Tea
Atino’s Pizza
Do-Rite Donuts
Dunkin’ Donuts
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Jimmy Green’s
Kung Fu Tea
La Haven Coffee
Lou Malnatis Pizzeria
McDonald’s
Paulys Pizzeria
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
South Coast Sushi
Starbucks
Starbucks
Starbucks
Starbucks
White Palace Grill
grocery
7-Eleven
7-Eleven
Jewel-Osco
Jewel-Osco
Jewel-Osco
Publix
Trader Joe's
Walgreens
Walmart
Whole Foods
shopping
AJ Housewares & Gifts
Artist & Craftsman Supply
Diamonds on Wabash
dimend SCAASI Jewelers
Gordon Woodwinds
La Ron Jewelers
On The Route Bicycles
PianoForte Chicago
Professional Gems Jewelry, Inc
Reggies Music
Sandmeyer's Bookstore
Target
William Harris Lee & Company
gyms / rec
Body Shot Boxing Club
City Tee Time
Core Power Yoga
Executive Boxing
Fitness Formula Clubs South Loop
Fitness Formula Clubs Union Station
FitPro West
Grant Bark Park
Grant Park
Interchange Medical Wellness Center
LA Boxing
Palmisano Park Stearns Quarry
Set Sail Chicago
South Loop Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Swesh Fit
Tejas Yoga
entertainment
Billy Goat Tavern & Grill
Buckingham Fountain
Buddy Guy's Legends
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Franklin Tap
Howl At The Moon
Jazz Showcase
Murasaki Lounge
Museum Of Contemporary Photography
Paolas Vinum
Skylark
Taste of Randolph Street
The Bar Below
United Center
transit
2 (bus)
21 (bus)
21 (bus)
850 (bus)
Green Line (metro)
ME (rail)
Red Line (metro)
Red Line (metro)
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey
• South Loop contains the 5 digit ZIP code(s) of 60605 and 60616. About half of residents are renters, and the rental vacancy rate is typically 13%.

• 70% of the units are in 20+ unit buildings, with 39% having been built in the past 15 years. 2BR+ properties make up roughly 38% of the market, with the balance in 1BR and studios.

• 47% of people in South Loop drive to work.

The median gross rent in South Loop is $1242. 31% of South Loop residents are 22-34, 12% are below 24, 21% are 36-50, and 28% are older than 50.

• Roughly 21% of South Loop residents are students (8% grad, 13% undergrad), and 16% are unemployed or retired.

• Most units are heated by gas, and 78% of ACS survey respondents said that they pay extra for one or more utilities.

Best Apartments
in South Loop


Studio $1,664
1 Bed $2,004
2 Beds $2,756

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Studio $1,570
1 Bed $1,623
2 Beds $2,141

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1 Bed $1,850
2 Beds $2,900

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Studio $1,623
1 Bed $1,737
2 Beds $2,630

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Studio $1,395
1 Bed $1,995
2 Beds $2,600

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1 Bed $1,818
2 Beds $2,214

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Near Southside
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Printer's Row
Printer's Row is a neighborhood which embraces its scholarly and historic roots to create a unique and wonderful neighborhood.