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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (4) West Loop vs. (13) Uptown

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The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Chicago neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 neighborhoods vying for the prestigious victory. For this week, we'll introduce two matchups per day, and on Friday, the results from the tournament bracket will be revealed. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!

Although there was a notable amount of residential projects proposed this year in the West Loop, the neighborhood really made waves with the flurry of office developments and news of high profile hotel proposals and openings that took place in 2014. Developer Sterling Bay continued its buying spree in the area while wrapping up things on the future Google office space at the old Fulton Market Cold Storage facility. In addition to the major office projects underway, one of this year's highlights in the West Loop was the opening of the Soho House hotel and members club. The Soho House could face some competition in the near future however, as Nobu Hospitality and Ace Hotel both have plans to move into the neighborhood.

Uptown has long been a fan favorite, as the North Side neighborhood has previously won two Curbed Cup victories. And it makes sense — the neighborhood has a very active online presence and residents who take the extra effort to promote their 'hood. Uptown sports some of the city's most popular destinations for live music, but it will also soon become the first neighborhood in Chicago to have a shared street. More recently, the neighborhood played dress up for a cameo in the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie, and served as the fictional Gotham City.

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·Previous West Loop coverage [Curbed Chicago]
·Previous Uptown coverage [Curbed Chicago]
·Curbed Cup 2014 archives [Curbed Chicago]