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The South Loop’s tranquil Prairie District

by Joe Zekas on 11/26/12

From the air, the Prairie District appears to be anything but tranquil. It’s ringed by modern high-rise condos and apartments, and bordered on the east by railroad tracks, Soldier Field, McCormick Place and Lake Shore Drive.

Take a walk around the Prairie District on a sunny summer day. The density largely evaporates into residential tranquility, and modernity is softened by history.

The Prairie District neighborhood, part of Chicago’s South Loop, spans the area from Calumet Ave (334 E) west to Michigan Ave (100 E), from the railroad tracks north of 16th St south to Cermak Rd (2200 S).

The Prairie Avenue Historic District, Chicago’s original Gold Coast, is the neighborhood’s core. Some of the original homes remain, and their character is reflected in recently-built rowhomes and townhomes on tree-lined streets.

Several small parks contribute to the neighborhood’s residential character.

Shopping and dining options are limited. The dog-friendly outdoor patio at Café Society is a popular spot for locals to gather and gripe about its food and service.

Most of the Prairie District housing stock is condominiums, but there are two rental properties in the area: Terrazio and The Lex.

See more of our aerial photography at Flickr.

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Joe May 18, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Yes. Do yourself a favor and Avoid cafe society on 18th and Indiana. Disgusting food and zero knowledge of what constitutes good customer service. Plus, the place is filthy. Krolls at Michigan and 18th is a far better choice.

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