The Changing Face of Chicago's West Loop

April 29,2015 | By Elizabeth Nazarian

Think you know the West Loop? Can you close your eyes and visualize it? The century old low-rise storefronts of various shades of brick and the large old yellow and red brick warehouses and factories with their impressive metal loading docks lining Randolph and Lake? Think again. The face of the West Loop is changing dramatically due to a spur of building activity. Everywhere you look, from Canal on the east to Ashland on the West, new construction abounds in various stages of completion. This is a really exciting moment in time for this nook of Chicago, as you can still capture the industrial, gritty feel of a bygone meatpacking era, but this stretch of the city will likely look and f...

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