Chicago’s West Loop has become a hotspot for entrepreneurship, boutiques, bars, concert venues, cool gyms, and more. From music festivals to trending gyms, each location is only few miles from Co-Optim’s new location off of Washington St. Check out some of our favorite must-visit attractions below.
The Randolph Street Market Festival is a European-style indoor-outdoor market which is home to the Chicago Antique Market, the Indie Designer Market, and Modern Vintage Chicago. Enjoy Chicago shopping, eating, and drinking with live music and entertainment. Each day features a band line up, a DJ, plus kids’ activities! More than 300 vendors travel in locally and from all over the Midwest to present to you their vintage clothing, jewelry, antiques, art, vinyl, indie designer goods, global goods, and more! There is an outside lot for shopping as well as a three level air-conditioned/heated building. Vinyl Swap Meet, Fancy Food Market, and Global Goods Bazaar are just a few events coming up this July 29th & 30th. Oh… and don’t forget your dog at home; this market is pet friendly!
Randolph Street Music Festival, 1340 W Washington Blvd.
Monthly, Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm
$8 General Admission / $10 at the gate / Kids under 12 free
2. Cycle X Studio:
Cycle X Studio is West Loop’s first boutique cycling studio! Cycle X has a fun, upbeat, and positive environment in which members of all ages and fitness levels can feel motivated and empowered to achieve their goals. This studio has a variety of different classes available to you, including their signature ride, Cycle X. This class offers 45 minutes of a lightly choreographed high energy full-body workout with a mix of hills and even upper body toning! You can also try a Theme class like Mashup Mondays or Hip Hop Happy Hours. New customers get their first class FREE! The Studio offers amenities like bike shoes, lockers, changing facilities, towels, and a concierge level of service.
Cycle X Studio, 1208 W Madison St.
Open Saturday & Sunday 9am-noon, Monday – Friday 6am-8pm
The Pitchfork Music Festival is internationally recognized and presents 40+ bands over the course of three days each summer in Chicago’s Union Park. The festival highlights the best in new and emerging music. Pitchfork consists of genres including alternative rock, indie rock, and alternative hip hop. Artists like LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange will be headlining this July. Other than enjoying three days of rockin’ performances and live music, Pitchfork Music Festival offers additional activities and local food vendors. Features include CHIRP Record Fair, Flatstock, Renegade Craft Fair, and Book Fort, which consist of vinyl selections to choose from, the world’s largest curated showcase of independent craft and design, an interactive book fair, and much more!
Union Park, 1501 W Randolph St.
July 14th – July 16th, 2017
Gates open @ noon Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Au Cheval is a diner-style bar and restaurant with an emphasis on eggs. This highly recommended restaurant elevates the traditional diner eats and atmosphere, and its guests are known to wait for hours to get a table. With customers raving that Au Cheval grills up “the best burger they’ve ever had”, and Bon Appetite declaring it the best in America, there’s no excuse not to make your way to West Loop and order one right now (and do we dare say there’s an option to add egg and bacon…). At Au Cheval, guests can indulge in a variety of foods other than their signature burger, with ingredients ranging from bologna to foie gras. Additionally, their bar offers classic cocktails and a wide range of draught beers.
Au Cheval, 800 W Randolph St.
Open Monday – Sunday 10am – 1am & Sunday 9am – 12am
5. Skinner Park:
Located in the Near West Community Area, Skinner Park offers much more than a lush seven acres of green grass. This park is friendly to all ages as it provides a children’s playground, baseball fields, basketball courts, and an athletic field for football or soccer. The park also features a small field house. Activities like community gardening, insects studies, and a pumpkin patch featuring family fun, inflatables, games, arts & craft, and a petting zoo can all be found at Skinner Park! Check out the website for further details on events/programs/etc.
Skinner Park, 1331 W Adams St.
Open Daily 6am-11pm