Downtown Chicago’s expansion westward has been a long time coming. It started when a woman, looking to grow her media business, purchased and renovated an older building. Harpo Productions hit shows, including The Oprah Winfrey talk show, transformed entire blocks to support the influx of tourists. For urban pioneers, the area was an opportunity to have that gritty urban lifestyle of converting old warehouses into amazing living spaces.
More recently, tech firms have taken over whole blocks. Google decided to move its Chicago workforce from North Loop to a former (and extensively rehabbed) cold warehouse building. A walk down Randolph Street a GLCTer will see some of Chicago’s most noted and experimental restaurants, including the much talked about Girl & the Goat.
Hotels in this section of downtown are few, but that is slowly changing. Retail shopping in the immediate area is also pretty limited to a few short retail strips and a few mass merchants.
Go if you like:
-Cutting edge restaurants
-Detroit: 282 miles/4h 11m
-Milwaukee: 92.1 miles/1h 36m
-Davenport: 175 miles/2h 45m
-St. Louis: 297 miles/4h 21m
-Indianapolis: 182 miles/2h 48m
Also serviced by:
-Air (Chicago Midway International Airport, O'Hare International Airport)
-Amtrak (Chicago-Union Station)