One of Chicago real estate’s active neighborhoods is what is somewhat loosely called the Near South Side. Located just south of the Loop itself, it is a rapidly transitioning area coming alive with an influx of new residents, new developments and new shopping, dining and entertainment choices. A bustling melting pot of various cultures, real estate options include single-family residences, multi-unit buildings and warehouses and lofts being converted into condos.
An integral part of the Near South Side is the South Loop neighborhood, an area rapidly growing in popularity with both urban professionals and the arts community. With a distinctly cosmopolitan feeling, the South Loop is one of the city’s most important new business, cultural, educational and residential centers. Home to both Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute, the neighborhood lies adjacent to the lakefront and Grant Park and is an easy walk from the spectacular new Millennium Park, with its already famous Cloudgate Sculpture, known familiarly to Chicagoans as "The Bean." The area is also the location of many of Chicago’s finest cultural attractions, such the Chicago Museum Campus featuring the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. McCormick Place, Chicago’s world-class exposition center and Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, are also located here.
Functioning as a bridge between the Loop and the South Loop is Dearborn Park, a redesigned and revitalized area featuring exceptional new developments that include townhouses and mid-rise condominiums, as well as numerous parks, playgrounds and schools. Printer’s Row is a residential and commercial enclave featuring unique condos and lofts rehabbed from historic buildings such as printing plants and warehouses.