5 Summer Hotspots You Need to Visit in the West Loop

gingham off the shoulder dress

DRESS: Off the Shoulder Ruffle Dress in Gingham (cheaper version here) | JACKET: Crepe Collarless Blazer | SHOES: Piper Wedges (also available here) | BAG: Bedford Tote | SUNNIES: Gayla Sunglasses | NECKLACE: Ann Revere Essential Layering Necklace, Mini Gold Bar Necklace & Matchstick Pendant Necklace, c/o

One neighborhood I’ve really come to love since living in Chicago is West Loop. Not only do they have some of Chicago’s best restaurants (if not the best), but the laid back casual vibe makes it one of my favorite spots to hang out in the city.

Just last week I found myself over there again with Shaheen for our Lady Day. I secretly (or maybe not so secretly) wish we lived in a cool loft space over there. Can you imagine the light?!

ladylike outfit
gingham off the shoulder dress

gingham off the shoulder dress

I might have felt a bit out of place in this outfit in the hipster-filled neighborhood of Wicker Park, but the eclectic vibe in West Loop means anything goes, so I wore this off the shoulder dress (affordable version here), these scalloped wedges, a chic collarless blazer and one of my all-time favorite bags.

With summer nipping at our heels, I’ve been spending more and more time outside and rounded up a few of my favorite spots in West Loop that have outdoor patios or open air spaces that totally worth checking out.

gingham off the shoulder dress
spring outfit

gingham off the shoulder dress

gingham off the shoulder dress and scalloped wedges
gingham off the shoulder dress

1. Moneygun: Instead of walking through the front door, go to the left and turn the corner, you’ll see their fenced in backyard set-up. You can order tasty cocktails, local beers and order food from the BBQ cafeteria spot next door.

2. Cruz Blanca: I mentioned this spot jsut last week and it begs the question, can Rick Bayless create a bad restaurant concept? I think the answer is no. At least for now. His new cerveceria has freshly brewed beer, a local guest beer and deliciously simple street tacos for sale at the counter. The downstairs usually has the windows open while the upstairs is airy and bright with high-ceilings and massive skylights.

3. Little Goat Rooftop: I haven’t been to this rooftop in a while, but it still remains one of my favorites. It has nice views of the city, West Loop and the food and drinks are incredible. Stephanie Izard really knows how to create a cool and casual environment.

scalloped wedges

white blazer and blue dress
blue off the shoulder dress and piper wedges

4. The Allis’ Sidewalk Café: The Allis has always been a great spot to meet clients, get some work done or experience an afternoon tea, and now that the patio is open, you can do it all outside underneath their blue and white striped awning. At night the twinkling lights make you feel like you’re in some adorable European city.

5. RM Champagne: Their patio is nestled in between buildings and feels like a nice quiet hideout from busy Randolph Street. They serve champagne and French classics here, so naturally, it’s a favorite of mine.

What are your favorite spots in West Loop during the summer months?

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