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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (10) West Loop vs. (15) Woodlawn

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The future home of the Obama Library takes on one the city’s hottest restaurant and office districts

Curbed Chicago Flickr pool/Seth Anderson

West Loop

The West Loop has been unstoppable this year. By our count, there are currently 42 projects proposed or under construction for the booming neighborhood. What was once an industrial corridor full of meat packers and produce distributors has since transformed into one of the city’s premier restaurant and nightlife districts. The Fulton Market area is also quickly becoming one of the city’s most sought after areas for office space. The area’s grittiness and inventory of large and solidly built warehouses was what initially attracted investment, but has the neighborhood lost its edge?


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The Woodlawn community has proven to be a formidable contender in this year’s Curbed Cup contest. In the first round, the neighborhood knocked out the #2 seeded Loop. And in the coming months, Woodlawn community is going to receive a major shot in the arm in the form of a half billion dollar (perhaps up to $1 billion) investment from the Obama Foundation. Designed by world famous husband and wife architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, the major investment and attraction will not only create new permanent jobs, but it is expected to help spur economic growth and new developments in the South Side community.

But now, the decision is in your hands: Which area should advance? Cast your vote below, and may the best neighborhood win.