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      Old Post Office
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The South Loop is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Chicago with new high rises and construction cranes dotting the sky, a few years ago there really wouldn't have been much down here to draw visitors to this area but there are now several very good restaurants including the Bongo Room's location on Wabash, Yolk, Gioco, Opera, Chicago Firehouse and Custom House.

The borders are roughly between Congress Parkway on the north and Roosevelt Road on the south (although a more generous definition is as far south as 18th Street or Cermak) between Grant Park and the Chicago River which flows north/south at this point. There's a small section inside this area which is known as Printer's Row around Clark and Dearborn.

One of the first developments in this area back in the 1980s was River City, 800 S. Wells, designed by Bertrand Goldberg who also designed Marina City, shaped in the form of an "S". Originally it was supposed to be one of several buildings that would be interconnected in the form of a snake but the area didn't take off, only 1 of the planned buildings was erected and the building sat isolated for many years. I think it looks a lot like Chicago's public housing style that was used for low income residents or maybe something from a Batman movie.

Although technically not in the South Loop, you can get a good view of the Art Deco old main Post Office from nearby River City, it has been vacant since 1996, plans are to turn it into condos, office space and parking.

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  • Updated May 20, 2007
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