The West Loop may have once been known as the city’s meatpacking district, but it’s now one of Chicago’s hottest neighborhoods. The 1990s and 2000s ushered in a number of loft conversions in the West Loop. While there are certainly plenty to choose from now, demand has also stayed relatively high.
River North is another neighborhood that can trace its roots to more of an industrial area. That’s still evident with the dozens of loft-style condo buildings and offices in the neighborhood. River North is home to some smaller boutique buildings, especially along Hubbard Street, as well as some massive properties like the old Montgomery Ward complex.
Printers Row/South Loop
It may not be as large of a neighborhood, but Chicago’s Printers Row is known for having an extremely high concentration of historic loft residences in the South Loop. You’ll still find a number of 19th century, former industrial buildings here, some of which have since been changed over in more recent years to residential lofts.