River West / Fulton Market
Originally dominated by warehouses, the Fulton River District, also known as River West, became increasingly residential as of late. Now one of the city's fastest growing neighborhoods, the area has a vibe that is a unique blend of artistic, trendy, industrial, and residential.
The Fulton River District is full of functioning meatpacking warehouses that stand side-by-side with newly renovated loft condos. The neighborhood is also known as being home to the city's newest and most vibrant dining scene. A local favorite includes The Dawson, which brews its own in-house liquors and serves innovative takes on old fashioned favorites, like chicken-fried lobster and offers a laid-back, trendy vibe and weekly specials.
Although the Fulton River District is walking distance from the downtown Loop and River North areas, commuters can opt to take the CTA blue line L downtown or directly to O'Hare International Airport. Nearby Union and Ogilvie Stations go to the southern, western, and northern suburbs via Metra Trains and to several states around the country via Amtrak trains. The Kennedy expressway is also blocks away for commuters who prefer to drive.