With roots as a warehouse district in the 1800’s, the West Loop neighborhood, known as the Loft District, is now an urban oasis with a wealth of art galleries and true loft spaces – the kind with exposed bricks, completely open layouts and wood beam ceilings. Its proximity to the Loop provides an easy commute without being surrounded by high-rise office buildings.
The West Loop offers the ultimate in city living combined with open green spaces like Union Park for swimming, baseball, basketball, volleyball, picnics and more. The park is host to the annual Pitchfork Music Festival which draws bands and music fans from all other the world for three days of cutting edge live performances by today’s most popular musical artists.
Dozens of art galleries draw art enthusiasts to the West Loop. Here you will find the FLATFILE galleries dealing primarily in photographic art, and providing art to such clients as Ralph Lauren. The Fassbender Stevens Gallery, a 5,000 square foot gallery with a focus on minimalism, abstraction and installation art. Kavi Gupta presents artists in several mediums including paint, photography and drawing. Gescheidle also presents several mediums, while its genre is contemporary art. The Thomas McCormick Gallery emphasizes mid-century modernism and Abstract Expressionism, in a variety of mediums including painting and sculpture.
The Museum of Holography is one of West Loop’s little known treasures. The features an exhibit area as well as a school, and is dedicated to the “advancement of holography as an art form.