Chicago’s best West Loop / Near West apartments – Dining and nightlife

We define Chicago’s “near west” neighborhoods to include the West Loop, Fulton River District and River West. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in these neighborhoods on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments.

Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. Renters simply have so many differing priorities – and budget constraints – that singling out an overall best building would be a pointless exercise.

Our first posts in this series spotlighted the buildings with the best views, most convenient grocery shopping, and the best access to public transit, parks, the expressway grid and the Loop.

The West Loop’s huge selection of dining and nightlife, including some of the hottest venues in the city, is one of the neighborhood’s major attractions.

The nod for most nearby restaurants, bars and night clubs goes to Lake Street Lofts, 910 W Lake. The building is a block from Randolph Street’s restaurant row and a short stroll from Greektown.

K2, Echelon at K Station and Alta have decent proximity to Randolph St, to the burgeoning scene in the Fulton River District and River West, and to River North.

Chime in with a comment if you disagree with our selections.

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

We’ve also spotlighted the best apartments in River North, Streeterville and the South Loop.

Next topic: Retail shopping.

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