Goose Island was coined as such because it is an artificial island formed by the nroth branch of the Chicago River and the North Branch Canal around its borders. What used to be a predominantly industrial part of Chicago has now become a hub of creative loft office space, contributing to the island's recent rebranding as "Innovation Island". Goose Island is also home to a slew of restaurants and craft breweries.
Goose Island is the more low-key neighbor of the West Loop and the Fulton River District on the near north side. Goose Island is just blocks from plenty of avante-gard restaurants, craft breweries, and trendy shops in closely neighboring areas. Goose Island Brewery offers tours and tastings. Goose Island is mellower than the nearby River North and West Loop areas. Although the streets are calmer, Goose Island is less tree-lined than neighboring Noble Square and Old Town neighborhoods, so it maintains some of its industrial grit and artistic appeal.
Goose Island has the CTA red line at its northern border and the brown line at its southern border, giving residents direct access to the downtown Loop area. The Edens expressway runs along the western border of Goose Island.