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    Maria's West Loop Hotspots

    I've felt at home in the West Loop for years, ever since I opened my previous store here more than ten years ago. Finally, the rest of the city is catching on! Our neighborhood is vibrant and artistic, where you can eat some of the city's most creative dishes, sip on fabulously crafted cocktails, shop at unique and custom boutiques, all within the backdrop of Chicago's industrial history. Whether you're visiting from out of town or a Chi-town native, I highly recommend checking out this dynamic scene.

    To get you started, I put together some of my favorite spots. Enjoy!

    Maria

    THE CLASSICS

    Forward thinkers Emmanuel Nony and Donny Madia set up shop in the West Loop years ago—their restaurants were neighborhood vanguards and remain destination meals for diners across Chicago, with several James Beard awards among them.


     

     

    ① PROXI

    565 W Randolph St
    proxichicago.com
    312.466.1950 / info@proxichicago.com 

    ② SEPIA

    123 N Jefferson St
    sepiachicago.com
    312.441.1920

    ③ AVEC

    615 W Randolph St
    avecrestaurant.com
    312.377.2002 / info@avecrestaurant.com

    ④ BLACKBIRD

    619 W Randolph St
    blackbirdrestaurant.com
    312.715.0708 / info@oneoffhospitality.com

    BEST RESTAURANTS


    ⑤ EL CHE BAR

    845 W Washington Blvd
    elchebarchicago.com
    312.265.1130 / info@elchebarchicago.com

    I may be biased, since El Che is just steps from M2057, but I love the atmosphere here, whether you're sitting indoors or outside on their sidewalk patio, surrounded by gorgeous, colorful planters. The menu is always inventive and delicious.


    ⑥ LENA BRAVA

    900 W Randolph St
    rickbayless.com/restaurants/lena-brava
    312.733.1975 / info@lenabrava.com

    The tasting menu at Lena Brava is a worthy summer splurge, offering fresh and festive Mexican cuisine. Definitely get the accompanying wine and mezcal pairings!

    BEST SUSHI + BAR


    ⑦ MOMOTARO

    820 W Lake St
    momotarochicago.com
    312.733.4818 / arianna@momotarochicago.com

    Momotaro's delicious sushi makes for a fresh and mouthwatering dinner year-round. Once you're finished, head downstairs to...


    ⑧ IZAKAYA

    820 W Lake St
    momotarochicago.com
    312.733.4818 / arianna@momotarochicago.com

    This Japanese bar takes a cue from the energy of Tokyo—modern, dramatic, and darkly romantic, it's one of the neighborhood's coolest hangouts.

    BEST RAMEN

    ⑨ SUSHI DOKKU

    823 W Randolph St
    sushidokku.com
    312.455.8238 / info@sushidokku.com

    Sushi Dokku is probably better known for its sushi (deservedly so), but don't overlook the ramen—it always fixes my noodles cravings. After dinner, head downstairs to Booze Box, another M0257 staff favorite.

    BEST ROOFTOP


    ⑩ WAYDOWN at the ACE HOTEL

    311 N Morgan St
    acehotel.com
    312.764.1919 / enquire@waydownchicago.com

    Hit the rooftop bar and lounge of the new boutique Ace Hotel for excellent cocktails, a rotating local menu, and of course, the spectacular city views.

    BEST COCKTAIL

    ⑪ MAUDE'S

    840 W Randolph St
    maudesliquorbar.com
    312.243.9712 / contact@maudesliquorbar.com

    Maude's has been a Randolph Row staple for years, and its cocktails are as fabulous as ever. A few favorites: for gin heads, the Aviation; for whiskey lovers, a Boulevardier; and for something boozily refreshing, a Chartreuse Smash.

    BEST HIGH TEA


    ⑫ THE ALLIS at SOHO HOUSE

    113 N Green St
    theallis.com
    312.521.8000
    Afternoon tea served daily from 2:30pm-5pm

    Get your girlie on with this modern, colorful interpretation of old-fashioned high tea, complete with delicious tea varietals, pastries, finger sandwiches, and, for additional festivity, champagne.

    BEST SPA

    ⑬ COWSHED

    113 N Green St
    sohohousechicago.com
    312.754.6915

    Also in Soho House, this lovely relaxation spot where you can unwind with massages, facials, mani-pedis, and other self-care regimens. Bonus: pick up a bottle or two of Cowshed's aromatic soaps and lotions.

    BEST BLOWOUT


    ⑭ BLOWOUT JUNKIE

    1219 W Madison St
    blowoutjunkie.com
    312.496.3794 / style@blowoutjunkie.com

    Though they're known for their blowouts, the fab ladies of Blowout Junkie offer much more, including hair styling, braiding, and makeup applications—drop in to get gorgeous before hitting your favorite dinner spot.

    BEST MASSAGE

    ⑮ LILLIE ANNE'S

    1260 W Washington Blvd
    lillieanns.com
    312-243-1940 / info@lillieanns.com

    Lillie Anne's is one of the West Loop's gems—her messages are heavenly, and she works with you to identify problem spots and exactly what your body needs. 

    BEST BEAUTY


    ⑯ AESOP

    940 West Fulton Market
    aesop.com
    312.718.3509 / westloop@aesop.com

    Our makeup artist Beth Smith swears by Aesop's products, and their new super minimalist, industrial boutique in the West Loop offers a freeing respite from the busy city streets.

    BEST SUITING

    ⑰ BLVDIER

    211 N Green St
    blvdier.com
    zach@blvdier.com

    Something for the guys! Restaurateur, West Looper, and all-around stylish gent Emmanuel Nony recommends this clothier where you can get exquisite, custom suits and jackets made and tailored.

    BEST MARKET


    ⑱ RANDOLPH STREET MARKET

    1341 W Randolph St
    randolphstreetmarket.com
    312.666.1200 / info@imagepilots.com 
    Last weekend of the month, June-Oct / Nov 17-18 / Dec 15-16

    This renowned antique and artisan market has continued to expand over the years, and you can find everything from furniture and home goods to vintage fashion and jewelry to art to work by independent designers. 

    BEST GALLERIES


    Before everyone else moved in, when the West Loop was once known more for its warehouses and meatpacking than its chichi establishments, it was still home to some of Chicago's most prestigious galleries. Our neighbors remain some of the best!

    ⑲ KAVI GUPTA

    835 W Washington Blvd
    kavigupta.com
    312.432.0708 / info@kavigupta.com


    ⑳ CARRIE SECRIST

    835 W Washington Blvd (Downstairs)
    secristgallery.com
    312.491.0917 / info@secristgallery.com

    ㉑ THOMAS MCCORMICK

    835 W Washington Blvd
    thomasmccormick.com
    312.226.6800 / gallery@thomasmccormick.com