About Loop North

Annual visitors to MarinaCityOnline.com/LoopNorth.com, 2007-2016

Our own direct measurement shows LoopNorth.com averaged
27,086 visits per month in 2016 from 17,937 unique visitors.

Loop North is a news and information website serving the Loop and Near North neighborhoods of downtown Chicago – particularly River North, Streeterville, and Gold Coast. If you live and/or work north of Adams Street, south of Chicago Avenue, east of the Chicago River, and west of Lake Michigan, this website is for you. In terms of zip codes, we serve 60601 (north side of Loop), 60603 (central Loop), 60606 (west side of Loop), 60611 (northeast of Loop), and 60654 (northwest of Loop).

Loop North is for stakeholders, people who live and/or work in downtown Chicago. You are busy, not easily impressed, and we are not going to waste a second of your time.

Loop North News We offer...

News. We cover news of interest to people who live and/or work in downtown Chicago, especially subjects that are under-served by other news outlets. Our reporters and writers each have decades of professional experience.

Building Permits. Search thousands of records by selecting a specific street address, specific building, or by clicking on a location on a map. Get permit number, type (e.g., renovation/alteration), location (street address and building name), description, estimated cost, permit fee, and date issued. For each contractor – name, type (e.g., architect), address, telephone number. Or see displayed on a map building permits issued in the past year for projects with the highest estimated cost. Permit data updated daily from Department of Buildings.
Business Licenses. Summaries of licenses recently issued by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection for locations in the 42nd Ward. License number, legal name, DBA name, location (with link to address displayed on map), description, date issued, expiration date, and current license status. Select a specific business by its street address. Or click to see just licenses issued to new restaurants and bars. Updated daily.
Chicago Riverwalk news and information. Current list of Riverwalk vendors – location, map, description, telephone number, link to website, and latest Twitter tweet. Most recent news stories about the Riverwalk. Updated hourly.
Chicago Stocks. Most recent stock prices of publicly-owned companies headquartered in downtown Chicago, along with the Nasdaq Composite and S&P 500. The Loop/North index is the average price of these stocks.
Chicago Water Taxi. During the Chicsgo Water Taxi season, the next four departures to destinations along the Chicago River.
Divvy Bicycle Stations. Location and current number of bicycles available at Divvy stations in downtown Chicago. Updated every 10 minutes from data obtained from divvybikes.com.

Downtown Chicago Crime Report Downtown Chicago Crime Report provides access to Chicago Police Department crime incident reports for the Loop and five other neighborhoods – Fulton River District, Gold Coast, New East Side, River North, and Streeterville.

At a glance, see what crimes have been reported most recently, where and when they happened, whether there was an arrest, and case numbers. Search by block, date, or crime. Click Neighborhood to widen the search by a few blocks. Click the Trend button for an analysis of the selected crime on the selected block – number of incidents reported, percentage of incidents in which there was an arrest, and locations at which the crime was reported the most. Click Analyze Block to see how the selected block compares with the rest of downtown Chicago.

Filming Locations Filming Locations. Unless you want to dig around on the city’s website, Loop North is the only source of information on active filming permits issued by the City of Chicago.

See the project name and description, permit number and date issued, location address and dates project will be shooting there, and street closings (if any). Scroll through a list, updated daily, or see locations displayed on a map. Check in from any computer or mobile device – or signup for free email alerts whenever information on new filming permits is available.

MLS listings of units for sale and units for rent. Quickly search through more than 2,500 listings, updated every six hours, of condo units in the Loop, Near North, or Near West neighborhoods or select a building from a list and see all of the available units there. Sort by price, low-to-high or high-to-low, or location – south-to-north or east-to-west. Click to see only new listings or check out the most expensive homes for sale or rent.

In addition to the usual photos and info that everyone else has, we show the price per square foot, any recent price changes, recent sales, nearest CTA stations, nearest restaurants, nearby construction projects, a walk score assigned by urban planners and other experts to rate how walk-able the neighborhood is, and a summary of crime incidents in the neighborhood.

Or skip the website and signup for email alerts whenever new listings are found for the location you specify.

Real Estate Transfers. See at a glance where condo units have sold downtown – north of Adams Street and south of Chicago Avenue – in the past three months. Get price, date sold, seller, and buyer. See all sales at a specific location – either click on a map or select from drop-down lists.

Restaurant Health Inspections Restaurant Health Inspections. Put down that noodle until you’ve checked out the restaurant’s health inspection results on Loop North.

See at a glance where the most recent inspections took place, including restaurants that failed their inspection. Scroll through recent inspections, recent failed inspections, or select from more than 1,000 restaurants currently in our database. Get the restaurant name, address (with link to Google Maps), inspection type, result, and date. Data is refreshed daily from the City of Chicago’s Department of Public Health.

Upcoming Downtown Events, especially things that you can walk to, are free, low-cost, or for a worthy cause. Got an event coming up in downtown Chicago? We want to hear about it. Send information to news@loopnorth.com. Please include date, time, location, cost, and a URL for more info.

Daily and weekly email updates

Every afternoon, a summary of news and information of particular interest to Chicagoans who live and/or work in downtown Chicago is created and emailed at no charge to subscribers. This update includes headlines and links to stories from Loop North News, closing stock prices of companies with headquarters in the Loop and on the north side, a tip on an upcoming neighborhood event, and the weather forecast for downtown Chicago for the rest of the day and tomorrow.

Once a week, an update is emailed to a large list of people local and nationwide, providing a summary of stories covered during the previous week.

Swipe our stories and photos!

Professional quality news photos are available for re-use at no charge. Save any 600-pixel (height) image to your computer and use with no restrictions but please credit Loop North News. Larger images and prints are available – click the “More info” link below an image for details.

This applies, of course, only to images created by Loop North News. Contact Steven Dahlman if you have any questions.

Likewise, you are free to link to or re-publish any news story. Please credit the story’s author and Loop North News.

Loop North was formerly known as Marina City Online, a website that was a finalist for Best Neighborhood / Community News website in the 2014 Chicago Headline Club Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism. From July 2007 to November 2015, 393,688 people visited MCO. The typical visitor was a Chicagoan, 25 to 34 years old, who was on the website for one minute 54 seconds. There were 586,788 visits during this time and 1,274,131 pageviews.
Our partners include Jean Hagerty of @ properties, who helps with real estate listings and expertise, and Skyline, an Inside Publications newspaper, with whom Loop North trades news stories.


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Established December 7, 2007

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