Chicago Real Estate Like No Other

November 03, 2011

Of course as Illinois residents we already knew this, but in case you needed confirmation, here it is: Chicago has the best downtown in the country.

Forbes magazine has named Chicago’s Loop as America’s Best Downtown, saying that no other city even comes close.

The magazine rated the nation’s downtowns based on accessibility, attractiveness, shops, restaurants, diversity of offerings, cultural options and proximity to parks.

The experts had this to say about the Loop:

downtown chicago* Our Chicago real estate is “some of the finest architecture on the planet.”

*We have “some of the world’s best restaurants.”

*We offer “world-class art museums.”

*We are highly walkable and offer tons to do.

“As for a downtown among the country’s biggest cities, none come close to Chicago for its range of offerings and combination of stunning architectural monuments, waterside views, shopping options and recreational opportunities,” wrote the magazine.

“Stare up at the austere exactitude of Mies van der Rohe’s buildings (such as the black tower of the IBM Plaza), wander through the packed halls of the Chicago Institute of Art to view its impressive collection, or catch a speedboat off Navy Pier to tour the Lake Michigan waterfront.

“Of the country’s big city downtowns, Chicago’s relatively compact zone in and around what’s known as “The Loop,” wins hands-down for being the most accessible, pedestrian-friendly and varied in its offerings.”

Because it’s nice to see Chicago parked atop a positive list, here are the Forbes’ Top 10 Downtowns:

Chicago's IBM building was designed by famed architect Mies van der Rohe.

1. Chicago

2. Portland, Ore.

3. Burlington, Vt.

4. Indianapolis

5. San Antonio

6. Savannah, Ga.

7. Kansas City

8. Winston-Salem, N.C.

9. Greenville, S.C.

10. Santa Monica, Calif.

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