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Velvet Bounce

Corey Wilkes and the Velvet Lounge All-Stars are standing in front of three tall mirrors in the South Loop Hotel’s L26 Restaurant and Lounge, getting ready to kick off the first show of the Velvet Birdhouse Concert Series. “We’re gonna fly on with some new music,” Wilkes says into the microphone.

Best of the South Side 2010

In the past twenty years, the South Loop has gone from historical to happening. Poor Irish, German, and African-American immigrants first built up the neighborhood
in the mid-19th century, but after the neighborhood avoided the brunt of the Great Fire it became a popular district with the Chicago elite. However, their massive mansions gave way to vice and crime by the start of the 20th century. When the South Loop’s seediness became common knowledge on a national level, the city made an effort to move criminal elements elsewhere. The South Loop then became a hub of industry, with specialized districts like Printer’s Row and Auto Row proliferating. Reinvented once more, it is not hard to argue that the South Loop is currently at its zenith for visitors.