The South Loop has a special place in my heart. I've lived in the neighborhood since 2003, before the South Loop was rated as one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Chicago. I've seen most of the buildings that stand here today being built and I've watched as the neighborhood transformed into one of the best neighborhoods in Chicago. I feel that the South Loop is one of Chicago's premier neighborhoods due to its proximity to the Loop and neighborhood feel. Many of my clients that have not visited the neighborhood are shocked by the tree lined streets and the amount of green space in the neighborhood.
The South Loop provides some of the best access to the waterfront, museums, parks and culture that Chicago offers. It also provides the most stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago Skyline. You are only steps away from the Museum Campus which is home to the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and Field Museum. Just behind Museum Campus is Soldier Field which is home to my beloved Chicago Bears. Whether you are taking a tour of the Glessner House or taking a bike ride along the lake, the South Loop is a great place to live!
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE A REALTOR THAT LIVES IN THE SOUTH LOOP?
Using a top realtor with intimate knowledge of every corner of the South Loop will give you the edge in selecting properties, valuing the property and putting together a winning offer. I understand the intricacies of each block and how they differ within the neighborhood. It's important that your realtor understand the particulars of the neighborhood so they can answer all your questions and can provide the insight you need to make a good decision.
The South Loop was recently dubbed the fastest growing neighborhood in America by Chicago magazine, the South Loop is a boom town with a storied past and an incredibly bright future. Chicago's original "Gold Coast" in the late 19th century, the South Loop was home to such business icons as Marshall Field and George Pullman. But the area went undeveloped for most of the 20th century. The introduction of Central Station in the mid 1990s brought the first wave of thousands of new homes. Virtually every corner of the South Loop is experiencing new development today, from the lofts of Printers Row and the Motor Row Historic District to the high-rises of Central Station and a booming retail corridor along Roosevelt Road.
Renovations and conversions abound in the South Loop, and many older warehouses and factories have been completely gutted and refashioned into trendy lofts, condos, and apartments. But the big story is new construction - in every size and shape. High-rises featuring classic and contemporary architecture, single-family homes, town homes and mid rises are going up everywhere with prices ranging from about $200,000 to $1 million plus. Real estate in the 60605 zip code continues to expand and grow and I can only image what the neighborhood will look like in 10 years.
My Brother's friend is a realtor shouldn't I just use him?
Do your homework! Not all realtors are created equal. Having a neighborhood specialist will give you the edge when working in a highly competitive market like Chicago. Also, experience matters so make sure that that your realtor has the knowledge and experience you need to get the property you want. Not all realtors have relationships with contractors, lenders, designers, etc. So make sure your realtor can help you throughout the process.
You should also consider the availability of your realtor. Will he or she call you if they learn of a counter offer at 10 pm? If you find your new home online and need to set up a showing, how quickly can you get a hold of them? These are all questions you should ask any of the realtors you are interviewing.
Nearby Public Transit
at Cermak/Chinatown, Clinton, Harold Washington Library, Harrison, Jackson, LaSalle, LaSalle/Van Buren, Quincy, Roosevelt
Milwaukee District North, Rock Island District, Metra Electric Main Branch, North Central Service, Milwaukee District West, BNSF Railway, Heritage Corridor, Southwest Service, South Shore
at Union Station, Chicago LaSalle St Metra, Van Buren St Metra, 11th St Metra, 18th St Metra, McCormick Place Metra, 27th St Metra, McCormick Place, Museum Campus/11th Street, Van Buren Street
The South Loop stretches from Roosevelt Road to Cermack and from the lake to Clark Street. Above is a map of all the inventory in the neighborhood.