Our favorite places for a meal in the neighborhood.

The West Loop is like the Disney World of neighborhoods when it comes to restaurants. In fact, there’s so much going on that it was hard not to list every restaurant in the area and tell you to try them all. But just like Disney World, some rides are still better than others (It’s A Small World > everything else).

With that in mind, we’re here to help you sort through all the restaurants in the neighborhood for the next time you need to make plans. These are the best spots in the West Loop to cover you for any occasion.

The Spots


Even by West Loop standards, this place is a scene. The good news is that Aba is a scene that comes with fantastic food. It’s always crowded, but the space is beautiful, and there’s a huge rooftop patio that’s perfect for hanging out over drinks (even during the winter). And as with its sister restaurant, Ema in River North, a lot of things on the Mediterranean menu are meant to be shared.