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
7.5
management
8.0
safety
8.6
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 — 8.5/10 Rating (based on 62 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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
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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
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Lofts at Roosevelt Collection
The neighborhood is easy for traveling to campus and other areas of the city.
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9
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Neighborhood Rating
AMLI 900
I feel very safe in this neighborhood. It's close to the L and many bus lines run in this area. We are close to many of the festivals and other great entertainment happening throughout Chicago. Also some great restaurants nearby! Grocery stores are close as well. Any necessity you need is within walking distance to Park Michigan!
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Park Michigan Apartments
Within walking distance to downtown, state street, millenium park and even mag mile. River and city views are amazing. Walking distance to a plethora of transportation options and some free street parking. A handful of stores and restaurants in the near vicinity as well.
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9
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River City Condominiums
South Loop is a great place to be right now. So much has changed and built up there. Target is just up the road, as well as Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and Jewel. Museums are so close. The Lakefront is close by. Tons of restaurants to try as well.
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10
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AMLI 900
The neighborhood is a bit scary during the late hours, with many homeless and strange people begging outside the subway or Jewel Osco. The area is convenient as it is close to the freeway and subway line, not too far from the city.
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8
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1401 South State
The south loop is a very convenient location for those working in the loop. I walk to work every day. It has plenty of stores, restaurants and bars to offer and is very conveniently located to transit options
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Lofts at Roosevelt Collection
I love the South Loop for it's convenience and neighborhood feel. I really never have to leave the area if I don't want -- everything is right here and super easy to get to!
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9
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1001 South State Street
It's a college loop, perfect for people who go to columbia, De Paul, or anny other nearby schools. Very close to red line and only a street down from the high way
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River City Condominiums
I've always loved the south loop. I loved here because I went to Columbia college and now that I graduated it's time to move to a less expensive neighborhood
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Burnham Pointe
Neighborhood is quiet area of South Loop and pretty safe since police station is nearby. However, there are still robberies/crimes from time to time
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7
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1720 S Michigan Avenue
This is a great neighborhood for me. Good bars and restaurants. Not too wild on weekends. Easy to get in and out of the city from here.
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9
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1401 South State
The neighbourhood is really nice! It's close enough so you can do street parking for free and not have to be worried about you car
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8
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1401 South State
The neighborhood is constantly growing. New restaurants are continuously opening. Overall, just a great quiet neighborhood.
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Wells Place
Overall, this is an amazing value for the dollar. Me and my girlfriend love the location and the view from the apartment.
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9
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SKY55
Easy to get around and ideal location to get to work and around the city in printers row. Also lots of restaurants
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River City Condominiums
Very safe. I often walk from CTA Roosevelt alone in the evening (I am a young female) and do not feel unsafe.
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7
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1401 South State
Quiet neighborhood with close access to various transport options. Close to Downtown Loop area without any of the traffic/ noise. Close to the lake and Museum Campus, which offers great views and entertainment. A lot of families in the area, and I feel very safe and comfortable living here.
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9
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Museum Park Tower
Great Neighborhood! Fantastic blend: quiet, food, restaurants, entertainment and central to everything!
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Wells Street Tower
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Library Tower
Overall this place is fantastic, but there can be some noise outside when I'm trying to sleep in. The sound of sirens and horns hoking is pretty obvious, but that's what you get for living in the downtown spot of a big city. If you dont' mind that, this is a great place to be!
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SKY55
This neighborhood is a wonderful transition from Ohio. I am surrounded by grocery stores, small restaurants, and anything else that I could possibly need. Also, both the Roosevelt stop and Harrison stop are under a 10 minute walk away with just a short walk downtown.
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Neighborhood Rating
AMLI 900
South Loop is a relatively safe area since there's a police station a block away from this apartment building. However, there is always some sort of crime going on so just be wary of your surroundings and never walk alone at night.
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1720 S Michigan Avenue
Located in the south loop, it is very close to downtown. Walk to work is an option to folks who work in the downtown. Public transportation is also available in a couple of blocks radius. It is a very safe neighborhood.
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Wells Street Tower
Neighbourhood rating depends on what you want.
A lot of young-middle aged couples with dogs. Very quiet yet extremely close to downtown. Feels very safe. There are a few restaurants and bars, but not much.
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170 W Polk St
Decent food places around, lots of transport around, pretty safe, nice population of families and retirees. not good for people wanting to live somewhere more happening
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40 E 9th St
I love the area! There is very easy access to transit and it feels safe to walk around even at night. There is also good access to shopping and fitness studios.
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Library Lofts
Neighbourhood is great, not too busy, grocery stores and FFC gym within walking distance.
Also there is a target closeby along with some restaurants.
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1401 South State
The place is changing -- even a few years ago, there was still a crummy vibe to the area. Now that's totally gone. Very yuppie these days.
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Chicago Club House Studio
good restaurants and bars nearby. Building tucked away on a quiet corner with less foot traffic. Lots of construction nearby though.
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Wells Place
Public transit is so accessible and it is very walkable. There is a good mix of age groups and different types of people.
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Library Lofts
It's just next to Harrison and congress express ways very close to all amenities in downtown
Walkable to most of places
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Vetro
South Loop is up and coming and lots of new buildings are going up. I think there should be more restaurants and bars
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Lofts at Roosevelt Collection
Very safe so far, convenient to red orange and green lines. Walking distance to target and three grocery stores.
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Vision On State
Neighborhood is wonderful--very close to transit, very close to shopping centers, nearby theatre. Love it!
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Park Michigan Apartments
The train line is very close by it is also 10 minute walk from the actual loop printers Row is also very close by the Roosevelt collection shops are nearby as well
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Michigan Avenue Tower
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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
Atino’s Pizza
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Jimmy Green’s
Lou Malnatis Pizzeria
McDonald’s
Paulys Pizzeria
South Coast Sushi
White Palace Grill
grocery
Jewel-Osco
Jewel-Osco
Jewel-Osco
Publix
Trader Joe's
Walmart
Whole Foods
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 $1,429
1 Bed $1,785
2 Beds $2,511

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Studio $1,275
1 Bed $1,594
2 Beds $1,998

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1 Bed $2,300
2 Beds $2,475

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Studio $1,351
1 Bed $1,440
2 Beds $2,154

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Studio $1,395
1 Bed $1,595
2 Beds $2,600

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1 Bed $2,140
2 Beds $2,117

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