Out of the Loop: West Loop

By Laura Bowen ‘16

Laura Bowen '16

Laura Bowen '16

This is one of a series of neighborhood profiles of Chicago to inspire MPP-dwellers to break out of the Booth bubble and explore the variety that the city has to offer. Each profile features recommendations from Booth students who live in the area on the best places to eat, drink and more!            

Where to Eat: There is no shortage of excellent restaurants in the West Loop. Besides the well-known Girl & the Goat, the more affordable Little Goat, and the burgers at Au Cheval, there are plenty of lesser-known spots that are equally good and with shorter lines. For barbecue and pickleback shots, try Green Street Smoked Meats or, if you are in the mood for ramen, head to the basement of this building to the 15 seat restaurant, High Five Ramen. For the best, most authentic and Boothie-approved Indian food in Chicago, try Jaipur. Greektown offers several excellent restaurants, but the Parthenon claims that it invented the technique of “flaming saganaki” in 1968, which involves lighting saganaki, a type of Greek cheese, on fire before serving it to impressed and/or terrified diners.

For those that want to take baby steps out of the Loop.

For those that want to take baby steps out of the Loop.

Where to Study: There are several good coffee shops in this neighborhood, but a few in particular are local favorites. Jupiter Outpost serves breakfast and lunch and displays local artwork. Sip is located in a former barbershop and has two patios, making it an ideal spot for warmer months. Morgan Street Café offers organic baked goods, delicious sandwiches, and plenty of seating

Where to Drink: Parlor Pizza is a very popular and often very crowded spot, but come earlier or later in the night for great pizza and an impressively large beer selection. For a more upscale spot with great cocktails, try world-reknowned chef Grant Achatz’ The Aviary. RM Champagne Salon has beautiful décor and a patio that is perfect for date nights. CH Distillery offers “Science of Alcohol” tours of its vodka distillery on Tuesdays and Saturdays, as well as a bar and restaurant that is open five days a week.

Where to End the Night: Haymarket Pub & Brewery is open till 2am (3am on Saturdays) and offers brew tours, an ever-changing selection of beers, and a late-night menu potato skins, tacos and pizza. Jaks Tap, a hidden gem with great salads and sandwiches, is open till 2am on Thursdays and Fridays, and 3am on Saturdays, and is an ideal spot to watch the game.

Laura is the Lead Lifestyle Contributor for ChiBus and tries really hard to expand the Booth bubble