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South Loop

South Loop
Once the 19th Century hub of Chicago's printing and publishing industry, the South Loop has been transformed in the last 20 years into one of Chicago's most progressive neighborhoods. Read more about Chicago's South Loop

Developers and new residents are descending on a strip once noted for auto dealers and manufacturers. Read more about Motor Row
Once the 19th Century hub of Chicago's printing and publishing industry, the South Loop has been transformed in the last 20 years into one of Chicago's most progressive neighborhoods. Read more about Chicago's South Loop

Developers and new residents are descending on a strip once noted for auto dealers and manufacturers. Read more about Motor Row
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Top South Loop Articles

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  • Single men a reluctant factor in the market

    When Jason Baker sized up his housing options, he found himself wincing at the thought of tossing rent money down the drain. That was all the motivation the 29-year-old single needed to purchase a one-bedroom, one-bath condo at Grand Bend at Greenbay,...
  • Powell's Bookstores North

    Powell's Bookstores North
    The shop: Last year, when Powell's Chicago closed its South Loop store after two decades, it was an ominous sign. If a quality used-book institution such as Powell's, which opened in Hyde Park in the '70s, was suffering, what did that signal for other...
  • Why test scores went up

    Illinois elementary school pupils passed the newly revamped state achievement exams at record rates last year, but critics suggest it was more the result of changes to the tests than real progress by pupils. Overall, children passed 77 percent of all...
  • Chicago's 10 best bookstores

    What makes a great bookstore? Consider Anderson's Bookshop. You could raise it from its foundations in downtown Naperville, put it on a large flatbed truck and ever-so-carefully move the whole kit and caboodle 38 miles to Chicago's Hyde Park...
  • Incentives helping push fence-sitters to decide

    Not everyone is able or willing to buy a first home just a few years into their 20s. But at age 25 and 24 respectively, James and Jennifer Semrad decided the time was right. And builder incentives were a big motivator helping them take the leap. As...
  • April 7 - Tapas Valencia

    Executive Chef Filemon Ochoa TAPAS VALENCIA 1530 S State Street Chicago (312) 842-4444 www.tapasvalencia.com Champinones Rellenos: Mushroom caps stuffed with chopped mushrooms, spinach, bread crumbs, garlic, parmesan cheese On a bed of tomato basil...
  • Move over

    Deb O'Dell is a working mother of two who has been renting since her divorce several years ago. "I initially did feel that I had missed the housing boom," she says admits of her first years in the two-bedroom 1,200-square foot Oswego home she shares with...
  • Depths below home can keep it toasty, cool

    Anyone who has retreated to a cold basement on a hot day knows the concept is as old, quite literally, as the hills. Beneath the Earth's surface, the temperature is constant. By tapping that, homeowners with geothermal systems can cool their homes, or...
  • Phil Vettel's restaurant reviews

    Bistro Monet 462 Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn; 630-469-4002. Reviewed on August 16 For those who love French tradition at reasonable prices, in a room so quiet that one can rediscover the lost art of dinner conversation, Bistro Monet is your new favorite...
  • A look at Cafe Matou, Chicago Firehouse

    Among the resolutions I've made to start 2007--the curbing of bad habits, the acquisition of good ones--the one that seems least doomed to failure is my determination to give a little more space to those restaurants I've unaccountably ignored for years....
  • Il Poggiolo gets Jerry Kleiner's signature look in Hinsdale

    Despite a demographic that would make most restaurateurs salivate, Hinsdale has not always been kind to its dining options. Since finally permitting liquor licenses in 2001 (Hinsdale was DuPage County's last bastion of temperance), the town has bid...