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The Loop Neigborhood

The Loop Neighborhood is an exciting neighborhood filled with 100 specialty shops, outdoor cafes, restaurants, pubs, galleries and theatres. It extends six blocks along Delmar Boulevard from westernmost St. Louis to the massive granite gates that mark the end of the University City commercial district.

The Loop Neighborhood is also home to the St. Louis Walk of Fame, a unique walkway filled with stars and plaques embedded in the sidewalk to commemorate St. Louisans who have made contributions to the national scene, and the Market in the Loop, an indoor/outdoor farmers market. Known for its diverse, multicultural population, many homes and apartments in the Loop area were built in 1900 just prior to the St. Louis World's Fair. A major section of the area is designated as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. The neighborhood draws its name from the trolley turnaround or "loop" that used to be at the far end of the commercial district.

The Loop's Walk of Fame honors famous St. Louisans with brass stars and plaques explaining their contributions embedded in the sidewalks along Delmar. The Walk of Fame is free and open 24 hours a day. Among those honored are Tennessee Williams, Betty Grable, Stan Musial, Bob Costas, Tina Turner, T. S. Eliot, Miles Davis, Maya Angelou, Chuck Berry, John Goodman and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Blueberry Hill is one of the Loop's most popular restaurants and music venues. National and local bands perform in the "Duck Room" and the "Elvis Room," and rock legend Chuck Berry performs regularly there. Karaoke music is featured every Thursday night. Blueberry Hill also features booth games, coin games, photos and a nationally known collection of 1950s and 60s memorabilia. Blueberry Hill's jukebox with 2,000 selections has been called the "best jukebox in America." A special display window on the east corner of the building features changing themed displays. Several times a year, the window is animated with live performers acting out themes.

Market in the Loop, an indoor/outdoor market, features vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables and ready-to-eat foods. The indoor section, open seven days a week, houses a fish market, a frozen custard stand, a pizzeria, a bead shop and a shop that sells silver jewelry.

West St. Louis / University City

The Loop features an eclectic assortment of St. Louis' used book and record stores, ethnic restaurants, galleries and vintage clothing shops.
The Loop features an eclectic assortment of St. Louis' used book and record stores, ethnic restaurants, galleries and vintage clothing shops.



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