Here's a couple shots right outside 843 W Adams, a concrete loft building in Chicago's West Loop. As a life long North Side guy, I still get excited spending time in and around the Loop.
West Loop in this particular location just west of Halsted Street keeps that foggy, gritty metropolis feeling. But, it's really a livable neighborhood with Greek Town, grocery stores, fine dining, coffee shops, small retail etc... close by. The main draw is it's close to your work downtown.
A one bedroom, one bathroom concrete loft unit with a large terrace will run you $250K to start plus about $25K for garage parking. I particularly like the 843 W Adams building... well run and larger units. Great location.