The Loop

Home in the Heart of Chicago
This centrally located neighborhood offers its residents with very popular architectural signature landmarks such as the Frank Gehry-designed amphitheater or the most visited Cloud Gate with its contemporary designs. Alongside these remarkable structures, the Loop encloses cultural institutions, impressive restaurants and tons of shopping options.
What The Loop Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
8.3
value
8.0
amenities
8.4
social
7.8
management
8.1
safety
10
Median rents in The Loop
Studio
$
2,000
1 Bedroom
$
2,400
2 Bedroom
$
3,300

Living in
The Loop

Great Location
Easy Commute
Safe
Great Restaurants And Bars
Proximity To Amenities
Pet Friendly
Noisy
Fun Neighborhood
The Loop — 8.5/10 Rating (based on 208 neighborhood reviews)
Safe neighborhood and good because it’s where most Booth students live but it’s a little sterile esp at night. Lots of tourists around. I would not live in this neighborhood if most other students didnt live here. However it is convenient to get to most places around chicago. In the middle of everything
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Millennium Park Plaza
Columbus plaza is on the quieter side, a few blocks away from Michigan. Tides and park millennium are even quieter but lack the river views that CP offers. It can be a bit too empty at night, which may be of concern to some. Most of the nearby restaurants in the pedway focus on serving office workers so they close around 6pm. Great access to river walk for running or biking.
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Columbus Plaza Apartments
Amazing place to have a social life! It is super close to Gleacher and to where recruiting events take place. Most Boothies live in this area and that helps creating a nice community. West loop with amazing restaurants is 2 metro stops/5min uber. TNDCs also happen walking distance. Its also where most touristic attractions are so its great for when friends/family visit you.
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Mila
This is the best neighborhood for Booth students to live, in my opinion. You can easily walk to Gleacher Center, catch the train to Harper Center, see most of your fellow students within your building or next door, and go to other neighborhoods for outings.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Living here is great because it's where all the Booth students live. It's the downtown area so it's not ideal for the social scene, but we're close enough to the action where it doesn't matter much. Also, we're across the street from the train.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Lots of shops nearby that I can walk to if I need something without having to drive anywhere.
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Infinite
I like to live in places with a more neighborhoody feel, fewer chains, etc. however I love how central the loop is and how many of my classmates live in the same building and area
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Millennium Park Plaza
I like living in the Loop because 1) I'm close to the majority of other Booth students and 2) I'm close to the metra train, which I take ~4 days a week to get to and from campus.
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Mila
Very nice neighborhood with plenty of food options - in the center of Chicago. Short walk to River North, which has plenty of nightlife. Very convenient for getting to school.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Great bar/restaurant scene, can get busy/noisy (traffic) sometimes. It is safe to walk around and has a easy access to all public transportation options (bus, subway, train)
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Marquee at Block 37
Convenient, close to Gleacher, Millenium Park, Transit, and lots of Boothies. Not a ton of great food options, but enough good ones to not be annoying.
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73 East Lake
The loop has everything you need. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants close by, and it’s conveniently located by Millennium Park and the lake.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Loop is super convenient for access to Booth and for proximity to classmates, but not really the cultural center of Chicago.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Great neighborhood because of Booth. Everyone lives here, so would not want to live anywhere else during my time at Booth.
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Columbus Plaza Apartments
Close to Gleacher Center, most Boothies live here, convenient access to Metra to got to Booth, great views and city vibes
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Mila
I'd never live in the loop as someone who's been in Chicago for a while but I'd highly recommend it as a Booth student
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73 East Lake
I live close enough to MPP, right in the middle between Mila/73 and Shoreham/Tides, a mice midpoint. I also have access to the pedway from inside my building which is great, a market (Blockwinkels) on the first floor of the same building, and very close to Marianos. Also closer to walk to Gleacher than most buildings where other students live!
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Park Millennium
Great to be in walking distance for academic year internships and ad-hoc networking opportunities. Can get to nearly any neighborhood of Chicago by using the 'L'. Food options (in the Loop) are underwhelming and nightlife is weak -- luckily close proximity to west loop, river north, streeterville, etc.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Everyone lives here and it is close to the subway. Also very easy to go visit the cool parts of town
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Millennium Park Plaza
personally not a fan of the Loop - lacks a neighbourhood-y vibe which I miss. that being said, very convenient as a Booth student (metra is right nearby, literally everyone lives here, super close to firm offices for recruiting, etc). as a Booth student - not bad, but would not live here if I stayed post-MBA.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Living in the Loop makes perfect sense for Booth students. I would never consider living in Hyde Park, given we are typically only down there a few days a week and everything we do socially / on weekends takes place in the city. Similarly, I would also not consider living outside this neighborhood, given that would turn a very reasonable commute into a much more burdensome one, plus the access to Gleacher / NBC and each other are really valuable and unbeatable.
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Millennium Park Plaza
The loop isn't very fun, but it is convenient to get to millennium station to get to Booth/Harper Center. The Loop is quite touristy, and there's not much to do. Restaurants close early on weeknights and aren't open during the weekend. I try to head to west loop / river north / river west /other neighborhoods during the weekend, and the benefit of living in the loop is that you're close to several public transit options. The other benefit of living in the loop is being close to other Booth students!
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Heritage at Millennium Park
Place to be if you want to socialize with other Boothies. There are always things to do around.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Living in the loop is convenient for getting to school and it's great to be near my classmates
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Mila
I love living in the loop because it is easy to access other parts of the city and Hyde Park.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Fun location. Close to public transit. Tourists love this area (close to Bean and theaters).
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MDA City Apartments
It's where everyone lives and it's easy to get to school, but it's not the coolest neighborhood. Perfectly fine for business school, but there are much cooler neighborhoods (wicker park, west loop, etc...). I think living close to the rest of the community, however, is very worth it.
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9
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Millennium Park Plaza
Great access to other students while being in a more private (and quiet) building
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200 N Dearborn St
Great location for Boothies but easy access to even better neighborhoods.
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9
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Mila
The neighborhood outside of MPP is just OK, but you are walkable to River North and a quick subway ride from anywhere. The best part of the neighborhood is the many classmates you live in the same building with, so the social scene is dorm like and makes life very easy.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Great! Near to everything and everybody (rest of the MBA).
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Park Millennium
Nice to be away from the chaos of the central loop.
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Coast At Lakeshore East
High density with modern conveniences. However, the Loop tends to be commercial and office-focused, with limited quality nightlife or weekend activities. Thankfully excellent connections to mass transit make it easy to get elsewhere for fun.
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Mila
The Loop doesn't have many restaurants or bars, but it's easy to get to them. The most important piece of criteria in my choice to live here was that most other students live here. The commute to Hyde Park also isn't that bad.
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Millennium Park Plaza
The Loop isn't a great neighborhood but it is super convenient for getting around and being close to all the other student. If you're going to out to eat or drink you'll always be leaving the Loop though.
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Mila
I love living here because it is right downtown, but a little but away from the fray of Michigan Ave. There are plenty of bars, restaurants, and coffee shops within walking distance. There is also a CVS and Mariano's right behind the building in this little neighborhood. It is right in the heart of downtown so some view it as "too touristy".
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Coast At Lakeshore East
Beautiful area in a great location with a dog park, playground, and full service grocery store in short walking distance. Restaurants and transit are just ok in this area, but not a bad walk to the "L" and that opens up the restaurant options. No close-by childcare for kids under preschool age, but great preschool and private elementary school, with high price tags. Ubers often find this place impossible to locate due to GPS's going crazy with the multiple layers of Wacker, Randolph, Columbus, and East South Water Street.
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The Tides
The Loop is an unlikely place to live but I love it. You are in the heart of the city, close to every L line possible, very good restaurants and walking distance to River North without paying River North prices for apartments. Apartments are smaller throughout the neighborhood but if you are an urbanite and don't mind limited closet space you will love it here. Mostly everyone is walking distance to work.
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Pittsfield Building
Great location close to blue, brown, green, pink, orange and red lines. 10 minute walk to State St., 5-10 minutes to River North, 15 minutes to Michigan Avenue. Grocery stores aren't really walkable but most people in the building use PeaPod/Instacart. Safe to walk around at night. A lot of new restaurants (quick service) opening in the area.
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Oakwood 200 Squared
Moving to Chicago, it is great to be around classmates and makes life easier (I.e. where most social events and group project meetings occur). However, far from the best place to live in Chicago.
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Millennium Park Plaza
It's fine. Live here because everyone else does, but the food options are limited to fast food for the most part. Tons of tourists and commuters make it very crowded at all times.
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Millennium Park Plaza
It's really easy to get to Hyde Park and the rest of Chicago from the Loop, but the neighborhood itself feels very corporate and touristy. You won't find cute brunch places here!
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Millennium Park Plaza
Close to gyms, transportation, majority of other student residents, and recruiting events
Lots of homeless in Pedway and around but does not cause any safety concern
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Millennium Park Plaza
The apartment is in a business area so most things immediately nearby shut down after about 7 on weekdays and aren't open on weekends. It's very easy to get elsewhere in the city though to more exciting neighborhoods, the centrality is why we chose it.
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235 W Van Buren
The Loop is where everything happens. All of the comedians, concerts, and shows always come to this part of Chicago. If you want action and fun, this is the place to be. If you want to be in a more quiet and secluded spot, consider living elsewhere.
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Columbus Plaza Apartments
The neighborhood is the best option given most of Boothies live in a one block radius, however it has very limited options of bars and restaurants.
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Mila
I LOVE living in the Loop/Lakeshore East border. There is always easy access to restaurants, transportation, outdoor amenities, events, and my office. However, this area is always very noisy from cars drag racing down Michigan ave at night.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Convenient in terms of transportation and grocery stores, but not a ton of late night food options nearby and not much of a "neighborhood"
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73 East Lake
It's the loop so it's a little weird with the tourist/office crowds. Can't beat the centrality and being central and right by the train.
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Joffrey Tower
Its a work and transit hub. Not a huge fan of the neighborhood overall. Its just convenient, and everyone does it.
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Millennium Park Plaza
I wouldn't live here if it wasn't part of the Booth experience, but the Loop is fine and close to lots of things
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73 East Lake
not the neighborhood you'd choose to live in (too close to some tourist traps) but great for 2 years at Booth
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73 East Lake
Not a lot of restaurants and bars in the immediate area, but it is super easy to get around from the Loop.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Neighborhood is great. Only complaint is the 10 minute walk to Millennium station during the winter.
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North Harbor Tower
Not much going on here aside from watching tourists, but at least everyone else lives here too.
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Millennium Park Plaza
The loop is eh but everyone lives here so pretty necessary for social life and group projects
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MILA
Very convenient to run errands. However, not many restaurants located directly in the Loop.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Can be loud if that's bothersome. Traffic can be pretty bad is driving is a consideration.
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Mila
Great for shopping and lunchtime food. Bad for going out during the weekends and nights.
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Joffrey Tower
The Loop is very busy and noisy... especially if your apartment faces Michigan Avenue.
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Millennium Park Plaza
For Booth the loop is perfect. For outside of Booth, I would not live in the loop.
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Mila
It's nice that it's close to public transit, but not a highly residential area.
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73 East Lake
it’s where everyone live..... it’s your mba. do it. not the hypest though
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The Shoreham
Convenient to school. Most people at Booth live in Loop, which is nice
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Marquee at Block 37
It is more of downtown than a neighborhood but the people in the building are usually nice and friendly
There is a storage unit in the basement and overall a safe area
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manhatthan building
Not tons of character but very proximate to other things in Chicago
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73 East Lake
I have only had great things to say about my neighborhood. Lakeshore East has so much to offer between a dog park, grocery store, restaurants, nail saloon, and more!
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The Tides
Everything is close by, literally everything, from supermarket to cafes to the loop however only minus is that all restaurants close early as they are in the loop
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The Tides
It is great for transit but it does not have much character.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Convenient for school but not a lot of places to walk to
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Millennium Park Plaza
In the middle of it all, which makes it a bit too noisy
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Mila
The Loop is a fun place to live, there is always something going on and more options for food/drink than I know what to do with. Traffic can be a pain.
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North Harbor Tower
This apartment complex is tucked away in Lakeshore East, which feels very suburban even though it is located right downtown, very close to Navy Pier.
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The Tides
There are all companies and good residential buildings around. Its safe to be come late at night as you can see people out going here and there.
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Oakwood 200 Squared
Great place to live if u work in the loop. I wouldnt live here if u didnt because you are paying the price for something ur not jsing
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Park Millennium
Good locatiOn and good deal, do not stay for amenities or quality of management and staff. Old building and minimal improvements
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200 N Dearborn St
I really like it everything is walkable: bookstores, theaters, parks also more and more restaurants and small grocery stores.
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235 W Van Buren
Neighborhood is great! Especially for working professionals who are employed in the loop or downtown Chicago area.
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The Tides
The neighborhood is fantastic. The shops are across the street. River North is 10 min walk to all the restaurants.
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Metropolis
Awesome naborhood. Lake views . Huge cycling trail along the lake. Milleniumpark right in front of yu our door.
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The Tides
Love the loop - but no grocery store and everything shuts down early. However, not a far walk from anywhere.
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Linea
Great neighborhood. Lots of bars nearby. River north is walkable distance and it has a lot clubs and bars.
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Metropolis
The loop is walking proximity to the financial district. It is a very quiet neighborhood on weekends.
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235 W Van Buren
The Loop become quiet after 7 pm at night which is both good and bad. There aren't a lot of open restaurants in the area past 7 pm, however, everywhere delivers. I do wish there had been a closer grocery store as grocery shopping was difficult at times. However, this is a minor issue thanks to grocery delivery services.
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Oakwood 200 Squared
Everything is nearby this building complex. 3 blocks away from Grant Park and tons of stores nearby. There is a 7-11 across the street and a CVS a block away. Very close to the CTA (Harold Washington Library stop) and the Jackson stop.
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ARC at Old Colony
The Loop is known for being the business district, so there is not a true "neighborhood" feeling at all. However it is close to every train line, and River North is walking distance for bars/restaurants.
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200 N Dearborn St
While you don't have the "neighborhood feel" this is a great, safe and clean area with easy access to parks, stores and restaurants. There's lots of activity throughout the week as well as the weekend.
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Columbus Plaza Apartments
Great places to eat, near the park, and transit
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Millennium Park Plaza
Great
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Millennium Park Plaza
Safe, nice, beautiful, close to amenities.
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The Shoreham
Rivernorth is nearby which is a huge perk, the big downfall is that all the food places close SUPER early and may not be open on the weekend in the loop. Occasionally the homeless can be bothersome.
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200 N Dearborn St
The Linea is in the Loop. We like that the loop isn't flooded with tourists on the weekends but do wish my places stayed open on the weekends as we like to get out.
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Linea
Great for working professionals but not ideal for nightlife seekers or families. A bit of a homeless presence but that's expected in any downtown area.
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Randolph Tower City Apartments
It's downtown Chicago in the Loop. Meaning mainly business, off hours for restaurants because they cater to lunch primarily but it's okay to me.
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Linea
The Loop is convenient for travel and for proximity to downtown shopping. However, the neighborhood doesn't "feel" like a neighborhood.
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Heritage at Millennium Park
Its a good neighborhood and its nice to walk to work. The only downside is how crowded it often gets.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Average
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Mila
Convenient but lack of good food options
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73 East Lake
Ton of tourists, beware of pick-pocketers
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Millennium Park Plaza
Mostly businesses
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Millennium Park Plaza
Central to everything, but home to nothing.
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73 East Lake
Good to get to Booth not great for social
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Millennium Park Plaza
The loop is noisy and crowded
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Mila
Busy on streets when weather doesn't suck.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Living in the Loop isn't great in and of itself. It gives you no exposure to the neighborhood-y feel that Chicago is known for. BUT, the experience of 90% of your best friends living on the same block as you is something that you've probably not had since college and probably will never have again. It's incredibly convenient for getting to school, partying, studying, etc.
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73 East Lake
You should live in the Loop because it's easy for transit to campus and you're near others for group meetings. As soon as I graduate I'm planning on leaving though. You're by tons of shops and takeout/fast casual restaurants. However, I much prefer the neighborhood bars and restaurants in Lincoln Park.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Living in the loop is convenient because it is right next to the Metra. Ideally there would be more restaurants and food markets nearby, but it’s worth living close to my classmates and having easy access to Harper center. Gleacher is also a short walk away.
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Mila
Very convenient. Everything is in walking distance, and because most Boothies live here, going to study-groups or parties is super easy. Streets are usually safe even at night.
Rent can be pricey, and the streets are a bit loud, but it is worth it.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Everyone lives here, so you're close to the Booth community. Not a ton of stuff to do, most of the fun stuff of the city is up north but loop if very well connected. I would recommend living here!
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Millennium Park Plaza
Like living in the Loop to be near other students and it is not too far from other neighborhoods with good restaurants, bars, etc., but is a little far from work out studios, supermarkets, etc.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Great access to Booth hotspots, great access to public transportation, but limited food options at night. This is a business and tourist district, without a neighborhood feeling.
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Columbus Plaza Apartments
The loop is a great place to live as a Booth student since it’s so quick and easy to get to campus. It’s not my favorite part of Chicago, but for school it’s a good place to be.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Located in the Loop, very near to the Metra station / Millenium Park and a block away from MPP. 10-15 minute walk to Gleacher, and 10 minute walk to Clark/Lake CTA station.
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73 East Lake
The Metra is ver convenient and you can always Uber with your classmates. You have Mariano's (market) a few blocks away and many restaurants in the region.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Aqua is on the edge of the Loop and Lakeshore East. It's super convenient to go anywhere in the loop but has the benefits and quiet of Lakeshore East.
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Aqua at Lakeshore East
The loop is a great area as a student. I wouldn’t live here if not I’m school but being here for school is extremely convenient.
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Mila
Living in the loop is great, you have easy access to restaurants/bars/shops/etc. And getting to campus is pretty convenient
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Millennium Park Plaza
We are in a location called Lakeshore East which has many residential buildings, a nice park, restaurants, and Mariano's!
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Coast At Lakeshore East
All the major firms are in the loop which is convenient for recruiting events. Plus all social events will be nearby too
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Millennium Park Plaza
Overall, it is a great neighborhood since there are a lot of dining options and commuting to campus is not difficult.
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Mila
Not many restaurants / bars in The Loop per se, but quite a few just 10 minutes north (River North), but those are somewhat expensive.

Living in The Loop keeps you closer to your Booth colleagues and makes the trip to campus easy (take the Metra)
Overall the neighborhood is good and very safe
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Marquee at Block 37
It’s great for your Booth years. It doesn’t have a neighborhood feeling and you will find nicer areas with better restaurants and bars, cheaper rent and better apartments. However, the Loop is well connected to Hyde Park, the airports and basically everywhere, and all your Booth friends will leave there.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Super convenient for Booth students. Not much of a place to live long-term, but for students in Chicago it offers great access to school and everything else the city has to offer. With Booth students living in such close proximity to each other, it's a good place to be to always be able to meet up with others. Can walk easily to Gleacher/NBC, the Metra, the L.
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Mila
The Loop is like living in the financial district of any large city. There isn't much in terms of culture and there is no "neighborhood" feeling. I like living here because of the easy commute to school and other areas of the city, but I plan to move to a smaller neighborhood once I graduate and I am working. The neighborhood is safe during the day, but I recommend exercising caution at night.
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Mila
Honestly, living in the Loop is not very exciting. There are so many cuter neighborhoods further north, and Hyde Park itself is also pretty nice. However, Hyde Park is pretty far from the rest of Chicago, and living further north would be a huge pain for getting to Harper. All in all, the trade off is worth it, but I wouldn't live in the Loop after graduating.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Close to a lot of more touristy attractions and a short walk to most everything I want to go to
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Millennium Park Plaza
Perfect for being a Booth student. Great for group projects, getting to campus, and recruiting
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Mila
Execelente neighborhood for your experience. Close to Gleacher center and all the night scene
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The Tides
Good community of other students for recruiting, going out, and sharing carpool to Hyde park
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Mila
Wish there were more late night food options, but love that it's close to all transit lines.
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73 East Lake
In the Loop since that's where most of the Boothies are, was a good choice for me.
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Mila
Very busy and touristy, great if you like action. Also close to Millennium Park.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Convenient to get to all the places worth going to in the downtown area.
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Millennium Park Plaza
If I did not have to live in the Loop for my graduate program, I wouldn't. It's like Chicago's Times Square. Tourists, crowds, and noise during the week. The worst is the street drummers that assemble on Michigan Ave, who can be heard all throughout the building.
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8
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Millennium Park Plaza
I love living in front of a park in a quiet neighborhood.
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6
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The Shoreham
Very convenient, next to metra, close to everything
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10
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Millennium Park Plaza
It's the Loop...you get convenient access to the Metra and proximity to other Boothies in exchange for relatively expensive rent and limited redeeming "neighborhood" qualities. Great for 2 years of business school, not great otherwise.
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Mila
It's nice being right in the center of everything and being able to travel other areas easily, though if I could re-choose the main "Booth neighborhood," I would've chosen somewhere cheaper, less noisy, and closer to campus.
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8
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Millennium Park Plaza
The Loop has pros and cons. Living in the Loop is nice because during the day up until about 8 p.m. there are people walking around the streets which is nice because you feel more secure walking. However, on weekends and after a certain time at night it empties and it can be a little eerie.

That being said, if you're anywhere near State St. or the Mag mile, there's pretty much people around at any given hour. It's fun to live downtown because the streets are bustling with interesting people, sometimes there's live music on street corners and there are a lot of restaurants and shops.
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8
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215 West
Love the neighborhood! As long as you don't mind an influx of tourists in the summer, it's a great place to live. It's a quick walk to Millennium Park & the lake. It's also very easy to get to the River North area. It's a central area for the CTA and walkable to the Metra. Some restaurants are closed early and on weekends, but there are more places open the closer you get to Michigan Ave.
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MDA City Apartments
The loop is always bustling and is a fun place to live. We are right near the lake, and it's super easy to get to State or Michigan. It's a pretty central location. The only downside is it's a very touristy area, and to go to the bars and restaurants we like we have to walk over about 15 minutes to River North.
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8
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Millennium Park Plaza
I love this neighborhood for the amenities, proximity to everything and safety. However, what this place lacks is variety of places to eat. I love there is a Mariano's within walking distance and a beautiful park for the kids and our dog. Also you can walk to the lake and see the fireworks every summer. It's a little hidden gem.
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10
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North Harbor Tower
I would prefer if the Booth community lived in Hyde Park. That being said, the metra is an easy commute to campus. The convenience to Gleacher is also nice but the loop isn't much of a neighborhood.
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8
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Park Millennium
The loop is convenient but it turns into a food desert in the evenings which is kind of annoying. Most Boothies live in the loop, but it's important to get out and explore the rest of the city.
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10
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200 N Dearborn St
If I wasn't attending Booth, I wouldn't necessarily live in the Loop. However, it's very convenient in terms of being able to meet with classmates and efficiently get to campus.
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10
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Mila
Honestly, the loop isn't very pleasant to live in. It's very expensive and lacks any sort of character. However, it's where everyone else lives, so you kinda have to do it.
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7
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Marquee at Block 37
Convenient for Boothies and getting around to the rest of the city. But the loop is a business district and lacks character alongside having businesses close by ~5.
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9
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73 East Lake
Very centrally locates and convenient to get to other neighborhoods you actually want to be in. Unfortunately, not a lot going on near the apartment.
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7
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235 W Van Buren
Surprisingly no great food in the loop...
Not many recruiting activities in the loop
May be a cool place to brag to friends outside of Booth?
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10
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Millennium Park Plaza
Only thing that it's good for is being close to the train or other Boothies. There are dozens of better neighborhoods in Chicago to live in.
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7
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The Tides
Best for Boothies. If I were not a student I would probably live somewhere else, however, for a Booth student - this is the best location.
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10
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Park Millennium
Would not want to live here if I wasn't at Booth, but it's the only place to live if you're coming to the full-time MBA program at Booth!
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10
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Millennium Park Plaza
The best neighborhood in Chicago, hands down. My wife have visited nearly every neighborhood in Chicago and none are nearly as clean or luxurious feeling as Lakeshore East. It is close to the Loop, shopping, the trains, and Mariano's.
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The Tides
You are close to all the main attractions in Chicago, you can walk everywhere and have many great restaurants around. You can see the Bean from the building and are surrounded by the river, the lake and the park.
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10
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Coast At Lakeshore East
Commercial area that's good for commuting to school and both major airports but not for a robust social scene.
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6
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MDA City Apartments
Well the loop is the center of the city so needless to say there are a lot of fantastic spots like museums and good restaurants. But I'd there are way more fancy, interesting and warm neighborhoods in Chicago.
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The Shoreham
Convenient for school relate socializing and getting to campus, otherwise I dislike living in the loop!
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6
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Mila
Great for commuting to campus but a bit touristy and somewhat loud if you are facing Michigan Ave
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9
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Millennium Park Plaza
Easy access to the lake front & bike path and lovely park. Long walk to CTA subway though.
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8
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Coast At Lakeshore East
Convenient to the train and downtown, but has no neighborhood feel like the rest of Chicago.
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9
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Millennium Park Plaza
It's an okay place to live. I would never live in the Loop as a long-term Chicago resident.
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5
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MILA
Great for MBA life. Not ideal afterward given lots of traffic and noise from constructions
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8
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MILA
The loop is very convenient but the more exciting neighborhoods are outside of the loop.
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8
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Millennium Park Plaza
It's primarily a working neighborhood- so the neighborhood lacks character overall.
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6
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Millennium Park Plaza
Loop what can I say about the Chicago loop. It's the best downtown in all of the cities. Great food ..a bit crowded and few grocery stores but it's good for those working downtown.
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9
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Heritage at Millennium Park
Located centrally. Not a lot of great things in the immediate area, however.
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9
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Millennium Park Plaza
Very convenient for a Booth student to maximize on social connections.
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10
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Millennium Park Plaza
Good access to public transportation. Easy to get to either airport and most local ('L') and regional trains. Taxi service good but during weekends harder to hail a cab.
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7
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235 W Van Buren
Easy access to Metro, very centric and close to all public services.
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73 East Lake
Nothing to write home about - it's downtown. Convenient for Booth.
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10
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Millennium Park Plaza
The neighborhood itself gets sleepy at night, and it is very touristy. But, it is so close to River North and transit lines that those factors do not really matter.
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8
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20 N State St.
Not the best Chicago has to offer in terms of neighborhoods.
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8
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Millennium Park Plaza
Great because you are near Boothies. After that, horrible
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73 East Lake
The Loop is a weird place to live, but it is what it is.
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8
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Coast At Lakeshore East
Its a fine neighborhood but not a lot going on around
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7
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Coast At Lakeshore East
The Loop is a great, bustling area. It is an extremely central location and is close to the lake too. The only downside is it's a very touristy area.
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8
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Millennium Park Plaza
The neighbor is a growing area. There are several new restaurants which has made it nice! Transportation is so easy with everything steps away.
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8
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73 East Lake
Located near the river walk. Close to lots of eateries and michigan mile is 20 mins walking , what else a foodie and shopaholic wants 🙃
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Oakwood 200 Squared
Really provides everything needed. Entertainment, dining, nightlife, daytime activities. Love being so close to Maggie Daley Park.
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9
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73 East Lake
The neighborhood is tucked away east of Michigan Avenue. It is incredibly quiet and family friendly in the midst of the city.
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North Harbor Tower
Great area to live in. Everything is near and easy to walk to. The train is right next to us to with 2 different stops.
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10
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200 N Dearborn St
Amazing neighborhood with convenient access to public transportation through the Pedway to the red and blue lines.
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10
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The Shoreham
The neighbourhood area is great. It is easily accessible to public transport, shopping stores, groceries, parks.
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10
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Millennium Park Plaza
Living in downtown is great espetially in summer.the park has a lot of activities concerts etc,close to office
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10
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Heritage at Millennium Park
excellent neighbourhood, primem location, safe location, very convenient, shopping stores, movie theatres,
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Millennium Park Plaza
- convenient transportation
- high level of security
- diverse cultural activities
- high rent
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8
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The Shoreham
I have lived here for two years. This is not a smoke free building. A lot of college students live here. The apartments are big but are not upgraded. Very close to all the coty attractions. Location of this apartment is its beat thing. Also bug sized apartments also make this a good place to live atu
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Columbus Plaza Apartments
The "bucket boys" place themselves at the intersection of Michigan and Randolph and often play all day. The sound is so loud and irritating that it often wakes me up on the weekends and I am unable to study in my apartment. The only way to get them to leave is to call the cops and even then the cops will take forever to do anything.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Grocery Stores are walking distance as well as the Lakefront, Michigan Ave., Millennium & Maggie Daley Park. Lake Shore East also has its own park in neighborhood as well. Everything is nearby so a car is not necessary.
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The Tides
Full of tourists, noisy, and restaurants are tourist traps. Wish everyone lived in Hyde Park instead.
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4
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Millennium Park Plaza
It is quiet on evenings and weekends
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9
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Millennium Park Plaza
Great for school
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Mila
Great area with transportation options.
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8
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Mila
Everything is nearby
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9
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Millennium Park Plaza
This is convenient for work, but not a lot to due here after business hours. This particularly section of the Loop (Lakeshore East) is like a suburb within the city
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7
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The Chandler
The FiDi of Chicago where your heart dies a little.
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8
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Millennium Park Plaza
Kind of a bummer things close early and not open on Sundays; however, this helps alleviate traffic and it is less crowded which I actually appreciate.
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Linea
easy access to public transportation
very lively area with full of bars and restaurants
but too much noise + traffic all year around
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8
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Millennium Park Plaza
Though it's near to public transit,the neighbourhood isn't too safe at night.Also,there is constant noise from the trains passing by.
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7
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Century Tower
I enjoy living in the loop because it’s walking distance to work, but it gets loud and very touristy
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9
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Mila
Close to transit but not great food.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Similar to Times Square
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8
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Millennium Park Plaza
Central, but not too much to do.
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Millennium Park Plaza
Everything you need within walking distance
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6
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The Shoreham
It’s downtown - that comes with pros and cons...
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6
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Millennium Park Plaza
Boring but central
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9
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Millennium Park Plaza
If everybody else didn't live here, I wouldn't.
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Millennium Park Plaza
safe
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The Shoreham


Getting to Know
The Loop

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: Lake Shore Dr to Lower Wacker Dr
North to South Boundaries: Lower Wacker Dr to Congress Pkwy
dining
Everest
Filini
Hot Woks Cool Sushi
Naansense
grocery
Mariano’s
convenience
7-Eleven
CVS Pharmacy
Walgreens
fitness
Bottom Line Yoga
Brick
SoulCycle
Zip Fitness
parks
Buckingham Fountain
Cancer Survivors Garden
Millennium Park
The Park at Lakeshore East
coffee
David’s Tea
Kilwins
Lavazza Espression
Washburne Café
bus
135 (bus)
60 (bus)
rail
Chicago Union Station
ME (rail)
Red Line (metro)
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey

Zip Codes
The Loop includes zip codes 60601, 60602, 60603, and 60604
Rent vs Own
39
%
of The Loop residents are renters
Driving to Work
21
%
of The Loop residents drive to work
New Construction
32
%
of housing units in The Loop have been built in the last 15 years
Building Types
7
%
<20 units
2
%
20-49 units
77
%
50+ units
Demographics
Children (under 18)
4
%
18 - 34
39
%
35 - 54
17
%
55+
21
%
Unit Mix
9
%
Studio
35
%
1 Bed
32
%
2 Bed
10
%
3+ Bed
Occupation or Education
Working Professional
56
%
Undergrad Student
18
%
Grad Student
9
%
Unemployed
3
%
Retired
-2
%

Best Apartments
in The Loop


Studio $1,350
1 Bed $1,675
2 Beds $2,550

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Studio $1,520
1 Bed $1,450
2 Beds $3,126

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1 Bed $2,000
2 Beds $2,800
3 Beds $4,400

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1 Bed $2,012
2 Beds $5,681
3 Beds $4,725

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Studio $1,776
1 Bed $2,044
2 Beds $4,083

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Studio $1,750
1 Bed $2,790
2 Beds $4,190

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Quiet Neighborhood Close to Downtown Evanston
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Woodlawn
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River East
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Old Town
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Hyde Park is a neighborhood with great provisions for comfortable lifestyle especially for students.
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