Now that it's chockablock with families in multi-million dollar condos, former gangster hangout The South Loop has suddenly become the new (gasp!) Lincoln Park.
Scallops at Acadia, the neighborhood’s Michelin two-star restaurant.
In the late ’90s, the South Loop was such a no-man’s land that the first serious restaurant to dare plant a flag there—ahead-of-its-time Italian spot Gioco—was hailed as astonishingly edgy. Now a giant Jewel and a Trader Joe’s face off across Michigan and Roosevelt, family restaurants dot the once-deserted streets, and a series of sleek glass-and-steel high-rises tower over it all, returning the district to the bustle of its days as the home of the city’s posh set. Let’s take a closer look at this historic ’hood.
Where the action is: Wabash and Michigan between Roosevelt Road and 18th Street.
The crowd: High-rise-dwelling yuppie families who consider the North Side a snooze; Bears fans who want to live within walking distance of Soldier Field.
Must-stroll street: Prairie Avenue, home to some of the city’s most historic homes and one of the city’s loveliest byways.
Cravings: The decadent Stonington lobster roll on the bar menu at Michelin two-star destination Acadia.
Sign of the times: The former location of Al Capone’s former headquarters, the Lexington Hotel, is now The Lex Chicago, a slick tower with luxury rental apartments and a rooftop pool.