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Endowed with a rich cultural history, the Near West Side is located west of the Chicago River and adjacent to the downtown Loop, just a few blocks northwest of the Harrington College of Design. “Once a bubbling cauldron of European immigrants, its business districts:–(Greek Town, Maxwell Street and Little Italy)–remain as vestiges of the mass migration from southern Europe during the nineteenth and early part of the twentieth century,” Wiki states.
In the 1940’s, the Fulton River District was a bustling commercial district with lumber, grain and wholesale produce shipped from its streets. The area is now home to the famous Haymarket Square, where labor riots broke out in 1886, The Boeing Company, Ogilvie Transportation Center, and the ever present smell of chocolate in the air from the Blommer Chocolate Company.

Over the past several years, the West Loop has undergone a dramatic transformation – evolving from the commercial distribution center that it was, into the vibrant antique, dining and photography/art studio filled area that it is today. Although remnants of its history still exist in the area from its busy shipping trucks to meat and fish markets, the bustling activity serves as a rich historic backdrop to the many events that take place in the area today including:

  • The Guerrilla Truck Show: an annual event where Guerrilla designers showcase their latest designs and concepts within rentable moving trucks in Fulton Market, and a favorite event that Harrington students take part in every year
  • The Fulton Market’s Annual Art Extravaganza: features Chicago Art work and live performances
  • The Randolph Street Market: an indoor and outdoor European-style urban antique market 
  • The Taste of Randolph: featuring music and high-class culinary delights by West Loop restaurants offering dishes and demonstrations
  • Year round art galleries, photography galleries, casual and fine dining
All in all, Chicago’s Near West side is definitely an area worth checking out year round – from its summer festivals to its trendy and ever growing population of great dining locations, it’s always a great source of inspiration to explore near Harrington!
 

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