There’s the West Loop which is very trendy; the South Loop – known for Soldier Field (home to the Bears and the Blackhawks pep rallies) and great eats; and then the rest is just considered part of “The Loop.” (No one says the North Loop, and the East Loop doesn’t exist because of Lake Michigan). Needless to say, it’s a buzzing atmosphere with plenty to do.
The bar scene and overall nightlife is thriving. Some of the most trendy bars and restaurants include The Milk Room (inside Chicago Athletic Association Hotel), Moneygun (cocktail bar by Thalia Hall’s Bruce Finkelman), the ROOF by theWit Hotel, City Winery on the Riverwalk, Cerise at the Virgin Hotel, and another great spot for networking includes Soho House. Besides the bumping music, lively consumers and euphoric craft cocktails, these are also the best spots to meet new people for young professionals.
The Loop is also the central hub and nucleus to most businesses in Chicago, and a recent hotbed for upcoming luxurious apartment buildings. Living within walking distance of work is a plus, but it’s also the most well connected area in Chicago, with multiple modes of transportation. Closeby, there’s also Millennium Park (home to Lollapalooza and the summer film series), the Chicago Theatre, the infamous Cloud Gate and some awe-inspiring architecture, all of which make for the perfect potential date night with a significant someone.
Finally, the single ladies and gentlemen in Chicago have the proper back-up to step up their game with the surrounding beauty and fashion establishments. In the heart of the Loop, you can find Block 37, which includes beauty stores like Sephora, and even an AMC Dine-in movie theatre. If you can’t find what you’re looking for with shopping or beauty, then worse comes to worse, hop across the river to River North. Just an L stop away, you can hit up Drybar, Trunk Club, or go a little further for a pitstop for the ladies – a Rent the Runway store.