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The South Loop’s best apartments – proximity to retail shops

by Joe Zekas on 12/18/13

Our earlier posts spotlighted the South Loop apartment buildings with the best views, the most convenient grocery shopping, the best access to public transit, parks and beaches, the expressway grid, dining and nightlife, and the shortest walk to the Loop.

The South Loop has a well-deserved rap for being under-retailed: it’s a retail desert. If your ideal home has an abundance of shops within a short walk, you’ll want to live in a different neighborhood.

That said, after years of being wholly vacant, there’s a decent and growing retail presence in the nearly 400,000 square feet of space at the Shops at Roosevelt Collection. Residents of the Lofts at Roosevelt Collection need only head downstairs to reach the shops.

The Lofts at Roosevelt Collection also has quick access to the cluster of big box shops across the river on Roosevelt Road.

If you disagree with our selections, chime in with a comment.

You’ll find links to our objective, visually-rich apartment reviews of South Loop buildings, and links to near real-time availability checks for most of the buildings, at our at-a-glance list, and some tips and advice at our Guide to renting in the South Loop.

Next topic: Affordability.

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