Why Chicago's West Loop neighborhood is a hot spot for diners

February 6, 2012

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The restaurant Marche closed in 2010. Jared Van Camp's new restaurant Nellcôte will open in the space at the end of the month.

For more than a decade, Chicago's West Loop area, the neighborhood just west of the Kennedy Expressway, has been a destination for cutting edge eateries and chefs trying new concepts.

In late February, chef Jared Van Camp opens his latest venture Nellcôte. The restaurant was inspired by Villa Nellcôte where the Rolling Stones recorded their album Exile on Main Street. Van Camp told Tony Sarabia about what diners can expect from the new venture.

Restaurateur Kevin Boehm also joined the conversation to explain what challenges exist in opening new restaurants. Boehm is co-founder of the Boka Restaurant Group, which runs many restaurants in the city, including Girl and the Goat in the West Loop.

In her work, freelance food writer Carly Fisher follows the trends happening on Chicago's dining scene and she explained why diners-and chefs-keep making their way to the West Loop.