West Loop, Chicago Illinois is part of an area designated as the Chicago Loop. West Loop is north of the Eisenhower Expressway and South of Lake Street. It is believed to be the infamous location of the start of the Great Chicago Fire. The area has undergone a transformation in recent years and is home to several art galleries and upscale restaurants that appeal to the gentrified population of young families and single high earners. West Loop is comprised of established neighborhoods such as Fulton Market, Jackson Boulevard, Greek Town, and Randolph Market.
HistoryHull House is located in West Loop, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Jane Addams-Hull House Museum is dedicated to Jane Addams, whose work as a social reformer in the late 1800s to mid-1900s earned her the first Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to a woman. The Hull House calls itself a monument to social reform because Ms. Addams work changed how Americans define democracy in the 20th century.
West Loop is also home to what some believe to be the origin of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, which may have been caused by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow tipping over a barn lantern.