Home to renowned restaurants, en vogue retailers, and other uber-trendy locales, the West Loop is undeniably one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods. With all the area's recent activity, the pros at HAYDEN West Loop share six places for enjoying a memorable West Loop experience.
While the sexy Latin American spot serves up some seriously good eats at its sleek Randolph Street space, the cocktail menu at the Restaurant Row concept is a true scene-stealer. The classic libations are all there—daiquiri, piña colada, etc.—but it’s rum-fueled, complex maneuvers like the Cadejo Blanco that more than merit a return trip (or two) for tippling. 738 W. Randolph St., 312-600-6105
The West Loop’s rife with A-level boutiques, but for ultra-exclusive finds, menswear favorite Notre is your go-to. The understated, expansive space evokes art gallery-like vibes, while the inventory of brands—tastemaker threads like Cav Empt, Acne, and more, with home goods and accessories to boot—rivals the city’s best stockists. 118 N. Peoria, 1N., 312-888-2248
New to the neighborhood’s Fulton Market District, the addition of the hip, 159-room hotel only further seals the West Loop’s cool cred. The just-opened space—a portion of whose proceeds made from reservations during the summer preview period benefitted 826CHI, Young Chicago Authors, and Little Black Pearl—features a can't-miss-dining destination in lobby-level restaurant City Mouse (you'll want to enjoy your cocktail on the adjoining sprawling patio). 311 N. Morgan St., 312-764-1919
The Lake Street resto beckons with a light, airy interior and seals the deal with brilliantly-presented fare from chef Devon Quinn that's as aesthetically indulgent as it is palate-pleasing. Even better: the Mediterranean-inspired space recently expanded their brunch menu to include Saturday service. 1748 W. Lake St., 312-366-2294
The West Loop antique market is paradise found for anyone looking for vintage clothing, accessories, home decor, and other hard-to-find wares. Whether that serendipitous find actually strikes is up in the air—but getting lost in the trove of eccentricities is the true fun of it all. 1340 W. Washington Blvd., 312-666-1200
Acclaimed architecture firm Booth Hansen leaves its stylish imprint on the west side with 28 ultra-luxe units outfit with cutting-edge Crestron home automation, custom kitchens (boasting Sub-Zero refrigerators and slab quartzite top-finished islands, among other A-level appliances), and more luxe finishes (hello, master suite with dual walk-in closets). A tony retreat for stretching your legs, or your pup’s—after all, there’s an on-site dog wash room. haydenwestloop.com
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