Best Neighborhood 2013

The North Loop. How do we love it? Let us count the ways.

Martin Patrick 3 expansion
Photo by Caitlin Abrams

(How do we love it? Let us count the ways.)

  1. Martinpatrick3, which recently expanded (again), continues to remind us why online shopping will never replace the retail store as theater experience. #inspired
  2. Handsome Cycles. Cool bikes. Cool clothes. Cool space.
  3. Askov Finlayson is designing its own products and hosting events for a steady stream of hip heritage brands.
  4. New women’s boutique D.NOLO (Destination North Loop) continues the trend of high-design spaces showcasing fashion-forward apparel. Plus, it makes the neighborhood nickname official.
  5. Whole Foods! Whole Foods! Whole Foods! (Did we mention Whole Foods?)
  6. The swank new Brunsfield Residences, designed by Julie Snow Architects with interiors by Cy Winship, is complete with a dog-washing area and fitness center.
  7. You can outfit your loft with refillable laundry detergent, wooden brushes, and Italian napkins from Foundry Home Goods.
  8. Cocktail hopping doesn’t get better than Parlour, Marvel Bar, and the classic Monte Carlo
  9. The lobster boil parties on Smack Shack’s patio are going to be the stuff of summer legend.
  10. Fulton Brewery, one of the taproom pioneers, hosts a regular turn of food trucks and beer-fueled merriment on the patio in the shadow of Target Field.
  11. HauteDish is the hipster brunch of your dreams; the chef’s bloody mary comes with a whole chicken wing perched on top.