Navigating West Loop during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Traveling is undoubtedly a daunting task, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. Don't worry though, we have got you covered! Here is the ultimate list of unique restaurants, activities, and shops that you can visit during your trip to the famous West Loop in the Windy City. Lastly, don't forget your mask and hand sanitizer!


Who's hungry? Try these restaurants! Each is unique and ABSOLUTELY delicious.

1. Monteverde

1020 W Madison St

If you love Italian food, this place is a gold mine. Everything on the menu is DELICIOUS, and better yet, moderately priced. I recommend ordering the chicken parm, it is the perfect balance of flavor and is a mouthful of absolute bliss. Trust me on this, you will not be disappointed.

Image by [@monteverdechi]

2. Beatrix

834 W Fulton Market

For someone that is indecisive, Beatrix is the perfect restaurant to go to. Their all-day menu has a huge variety to choose from making it the perfect choice for a first date or just a chill night with the girls. Their patio is open for dining and is a beautiful location to enjoy your meal!

Image by [@beatrixrestaurants]

3. La Josie

740 W Randolph St

La Josie serves the best tacos in the city, and yes, I do mean that. Their house-made corn tortillas are the perfect addition to any meal. The versatility on the cocktail menu is also a definite plus. Pro-tip : order the pollo a la parrilla tacos (they are AMAZING).

Image by [@lajosiechicago]

4. Au Cheval

800 W Randolph St

I am sure you have probably heard of this restaurant, but it needed to be on the list. If you love burgers, this is the place for you. Get the double cheeseburger (add bacon) and your life will be changed forever.

Image by [@auchevaldiner]

5. Cabra

200 N Green St

Located in the Hoxton hotel, Cabra is an amazing Peruvian-inspired rooftop restaurant. Everything on the menu is DIVINE. Order the chicken thigh anticucho and a Selva Baja to sip on as you enjoy your meal. Cannot recommend this restaurant enough!

Image by [@cabrachicago]

Things to do

Now, that we're done eating, how about we explore? Here is a list of activities + shops you can visit!

1. Brooklyn Boulders

100 S Morgan St

If you're interested in fitness and physical activities, Brooklyn Boulders is going to be right up your alley. It is essentially a modern indoor fitness facility with rock-climbing classes, plus yoga & acrobatic yoga. Now this may seem like an unconventional choice, but trust me on this, Brooklyn Boulders is SO FUN. If you are planning on visiting soon, be sure to make a reservation. They are taking the health of visitors extremely seriously and thus, they limiting indoor capacity and requiring the use of masks and enforcing social distancing on all rock walls and classes.

Image by [@brooklynboulders]

2. Bad Axe Throwing

165 N Loomis Street

Now this may also seem like an unconventional choice, but axe throwing is the perfect stress-relieving activity. An axe in one hand and a beer in the otherr is the perfect recipe for a fun evening. Currently, they are open for walk-ins and private bookings. My tips: wear closed toe shoes and never lose sight of the bull's eye!

Image by [@badaxethrowing]

3. Chicago French Market

131 N Clinton St

Founded in 2009, the Chicago French Market is a European-inspired marketplace providing you with a variety of food options served by 30+ vendors. The indoor seating is inspired by a Parisian cafe complete with a backdrop of an art mural depicting Paris sparkling in the night sky. Not only is this place BEAUTIFUL, it is a wonderful experience trying different foods with friends and family. They also have a mini-market where you can purchase fresh ingredients for cooking at home along with a cute gift shop. To combat the pandemic, The French Market has installed two Airphx machines so both the air and all surfaces can be sanitized thoroughly.

Image by [@chifrenchmarket]