things to do in the west loop

Things to Do in the West Loop

While Chicago features a plethora of festivals, world-class restaurants and landmarks, the West Loop offers enough to entertain visitors without ever having to venture to other neighborhoods. We’re proud of Hotel Chicago West Loop’s central location right in the mix of this lively section of the Windy City and we have plenty of tips on the must-see, must-do and must-tastes in our vibrant corner of Chicago.

Check out our West Loop Neighborhood Guide and start planning your unique Chicago adventure!

Union Park

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Union Park is less than a half mile from Hotel Chicago West Loop (a straight shot up Ashland), and it’s home to two of Chicago’s biggest music festivals: Pitchfork Music Festival and North Coast Music Festival. You’ll jam to the best indie, rock, rap, and EDM artists all summer long if you’ve managed to score passes. Since we’re only an 8-minute walk from Union Park grounds, our affordable rates leave you more with room in the budget for fun after your favorite sets.

Taste of Randolph

Every summer, Chicagoans come together in the West Loop for the Taste of Randolph, an event featuring selections from some of the best eateries in Chicago. Proceeds benefit the West Loop Community Organization, which has been promoting economic growth in the neighborhood since 1991. Live music performances from the country's best indie acts accompany this culinary exploration and make it a local event worth attending. If you’re here in the summertime, don’t miss it!

West Loop Breweries

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Goose Island Fulton

If you're a craft beer nerd (like the rest of Chicagoans), don’t leave the city without visiting Goose Island, one of America’s most successful breweries, located a mile from the hotel. Book a taproom tour to see the brewing process up-close and sample some of their most recent concoctions. Not only will you find taproom-only lagers and IPAs, you'll have unbridled access to Goose Island's sour sister beers and Bourbon County Brand Stout variants. While Goose Island doesn't have a kitchen, feel free to BYOFood.

Pro Tip: On Wednesdays, the folks at Goose are known to raid their cellar, pouring rare vintages and retired beers.

1800 W Fulton St | 0.9 Miles from Hotel Chicago West Loop

Haymarket Pub & Brewery

Dry-hopped IPAs? Stouts aged in Woodford Reserve barrels from the founder of the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers? Haymarket Pub & Brewery is on it. It’s worth a trip down Randolph for beers, burgers, and pizzas at this quintessential Chicago brewpub.

737 W Randolph St | 1.4 Miles from Hotel Chicago West Loop

Cruz Blanca Brewery & Taquería

At Cruz Blanca Brewery & Taquería, world-famous chef Rick Bayless bridges the gap between Oaxacan street food and Chicago's craft beer culture. It’s a great place to fill up before heading over to the United Center for a Blackhawks game. Cruz Blanca is also the West Loop's perfect Sunday Funday destination too, as their Mexican-inspired beers are half off all day.

904 W Randolph St | 1.3 Miles from Hotel Chicago West Loop

Coffee in the West Loop

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Meddle Coffee Bar

If craft coffee is more your style, you have to visit Dark Matter Coffee's psychedelic-inspired Meddle Coffee Bar. They feature barrel-aged, cask-conditioned coffees that will have you coming back for another buzz the next morning.

601 W Jackson Blvd | 1.3 Miles from Hotel Chicago West Loop

Intelligentsia Coffee Chicago Roasting Works

On Fulton (literally next door to Goose Island), Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea roasts direct-trade, single origin coffees. While Intelligentsia doesn't have a coffee shop on Fulton, they offer immersive 2-hour roastery tours on Friday afternoons that delves into the growing, sourcing, testing, roasting, and brewing of Intelligentsia's beans. If you're looking for a perfect pour over or espresso pull, check out the Intelligentsia Coffee Monadnock Coffeebar at Jackson and Dearborn.

1850 W Fulton St | 1.0 Mile from Hotel Chicago West Loop

West Loop Concert Venues

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Bottom Lounge

The West Loop is a hub of live music, so even if it’s not festival season, you can still catch a band or three at one of the nearby concert venues. First up - Bottom Lounge offers great music and tasty American comfort food for the hungry concert-goer. At any given point, the Bottom Lounge's concert calendar will feature an eclectic mix ranging from punk to indie to metal to hip-hop and beyond. It makes our list because their rooftop bar and its high-quality sound experience never disappoints.

1375 W Lake St | .7 Miles from Hotel Chicago West Loop

City Winery

City Winery is another great choice for the live music-goer. With jazz, blues, an extensive wine list, and a friendly atmosphere, it’s an upscale, intimate experience. While their expertly curated cheese plate is a close second, live music is the perfect pairing for City Winery's hand-crafted homemade vintages.

1200 W Randolph St | 0.9 Miles from Hotel Chicago West Loop

Thalia Hall

Thalia Hall is a definite favorite for West Loop locals who want to catch a show. It was designed as an opera house in the late 1800s, and as such, the sound experience is unsurpassed. With a Michelin-rated restaurant (we recommend the Juicy Lucy), a hip basement punch bar, and one of the most beautiful halls in the city, Pilsen's Thalia hall delivers a concert experience unlike anywhere else in the city. Get there early, enjoy everything Dusek's and Punch House have to offer, and return to Hotel Chicago West Loop a happy camper.

1809 S Allport St | 1.9 Miles from Hotel Chicago West Loop

UIC Pavilion

The UIC Pavilion hosts University of Illinois at Chicago basketball games, collegiate tournaments, kickboxing fights, concerts and more. With 9,500 seats, the UIC Pavilion gets rocking on event nights and better yet, it’s less than a mile from Hotel Chicago West Loop. For a uniquely Chicago experience, don't miss the Windy City Rollers for the city's most exciting flat-track roller derby action.

Check out their calendar of events for more information on tickets.

525 S Racine Ave | 0.8 Miles from Hotel Chicago West Loop

Emporium Arcade Bar

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With 40+ classic arcade games, DJs spinning funky tracks on weekend nights, and an impressive whiskey selection, the Emporium Arcade Bar is where to go on any Friday or Saturday to meet up with your crew. While you’re waiting for “Donkey Kong” to open up, challenge your buddy to a game of air hockey or pool. With a location right on Fulton Market, it’s a brisk walk or a short Uber ride away from Hotel Chicago West Loop. For a truly epic night out, stop by Kuma's Corner for over-the-top, heavy metal-themed burger and beers from 3 Floyds, Pipeworks, and Surly.

839 W Fulton Market | 1.4 Miles from Hotel Chicago West Loop

Randolph Street Market

Randolph Street Market is where you go to bring your mom back an antique tea kettle, but it’s also where you can find the vintage record you can frame and hang above the record player back at your apartment. It’s the ultimate urban antiques market - it’s actually the largest in the country - and it’s the ideal spot to spend an afternoon when you’re visiting Chicago’s West Loop. With admission at only $10.00, Randolph Street Market is an affordable way to satisfy your shopping and antiquing hobbies while seeing the lively side of daytime on the weekend in the Windy City.

1341 W Randolph St | 0.7 Miles from Hotel Chicago West Loop