From its rich history evident in its architecture to its proximity to the city's finest entertainment, this neighborhood provides both residents looking for a South Loop apartment for rent or people just visiting for the weekend with a vibrant and exciting city experience!
Starting at the southern border of Downtown Chicago the South Loop has it's origins in tragedy. With most of the city reduced to a pile of smoldering ash after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the South Loop thrived as many business persons involved in Chicago's rejuvenation moved into newly built mansions and townhouses along Prairie Avenue and 18th Street. The area remained a beacon of development until the early twentieth century, as many of the mansions were converted into industrial warehouses or just demolished altogether.
Many of the older hotels and office buildings just south of Downtown eventually became South Loop apartment rentals. These buildings just on the southern outskirts of downtown still feature majestic vintage mid-rise and hi-rise buildings. This sub-neighborhood in the South Loop is known as Printers Row. Printers Row apartments for rent are ideal for someone looking for apartments near the financial district as well as off campus housing for Depaul University, or someone seeking apartments near John Marshall Law School. The greater South Loop area is also convenient for staff or students looking for apartments for rent near the Art Institute of Chicago as well as rental housing near the Illinois Institute of Art. In the late 1990's developers began reinvigorating the area incorporating the architecture of the past with stunning new loft style apartments for rent and luxury high-rise rentals. These South Loop apartment rentals represent Chicago's highest concentration of new construction hi-rise buildings in any one area. These high end buildings have spawned trendy restaurants and nightspots to serve the areas residents and visitors.
One of South Loop's best attributes is its adjacency to the Museum Campus which is placed atop nearly fifty-seven acres of green pastures. People looking for apartments for rent near the Museum Campus will find an area that is comprised of the Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and Soldier Field home of the Chicago Bears NFL team, providing both tourists and residents with one of a kind concentration of cultural and recreational options only found in Chicago! The Prairie Avenue District plays host to many of the same homes built at the tail end of the nineteenth century and makes for a wonderful Sunday afternoon stroll. Moreover, if you choose a South Loop apartment for rent you will have easy access to all of the CTA train routes, bus routes as well as Lake Shore Drive and the Eisenhower Expressway! With its sophisticated blend of "old Chicago" architecture and modern charm, South Loop continues to grow and remains one of Chicago's most popular neighborhoods!
If you like the idea of new construction apartment rentals near Downtown you should also check out the West Loop.