The Loop
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This 35-block district in downtown Chicago is the commercial core of the city and home to some of its most iconic buildings and artworks.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
How to get there
  • Harrison • 2 min walk
  • Harold Washington Library – State/Van Buren • 6 min walk
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,596 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
The Loop refers to downtown Chicago and specifically to the area marked by the L Trains (elevated trains) that circle around the city. This is the financial, commercial and entertainment heart of the city. It is also filled with hotels, restaurants, and bars and much that can be enjoyed by visitors including the Willis Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, taking an architecture by boat along the Chicago River, or visiting nearby Grant Park and Millennium Park. The area is generally safe although some caution is needed at night, and you should remain aware of your surroundings after dark.
Written 14 March 2024
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China1,60,086 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The Loop is the main part of downtown in Chicago situated between Lake Michigan to the east, the Chicago River to the North and West and W Randolph Road to the south.

It is where you find major commercial activity, historic skyscrapers, buildings and other structures, important entertainment venues, museums, galleries, public art installations, monuments as well as hotels, eateries, bars, coffee shops and retail shopping.

The Loop is a major area for tourism activity and a place that you will most likely spend significant time during holidays in the city.
Written 29 May 2023
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Eva
Bothell, WA177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
The Loop is the business district that encompasses the financial district, jewelry district, fashion district and theater district. Lined with great restaurants and shops, it's the central point that is a must visit.
Written 16 April 2023
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Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
Los Angeles, CA8,316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
I first visited downtown Chicago as a wide eyed California kid, when we came east to visit family (and fondly remember the Carson Pirie Scott and Marshall Fields of the 60's).

Whenever I visit, I make sure to wander through The Loop as I recall the stories my parents told of growing up there. They, too, rode the L and went to the Chicago Theater.

I was last in the city about two years ago, and was happy to see things have improved much since the early post pandemic era. May this continue.
Written 2 March 2023
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Jesus Z
Monterrey, Mexico37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
It's a great area.
You'll walk a lot so make sure you have comfortable shoes. There are a lot of bars, restaurants, shops.
You can rent scooters and bikes.
Written 30 September 2022
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kbharti101
Mumbai, India39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Must visit when in Chicago. Lot of Bars and Restaurants, and options for Public transport. Numerous busses, and multiple train lines. Buying a Ventra Card should be the first thing on your to do list when you arrive Chicago. Buy it from any train station and start using the busses and trains. Saves a lot of money. Ventra Card (must buy).
Written 14 September 2022
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TYPSUKR
Arlington, VA758 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Arrived downtown via the "el" train, and after going up the Willis Tower, we then set out on a self-guided walking tour of the Loop, with a focus on architecture, specifically Art Deco. In addition to the regular hustle-bustle of the downtown business district, there are a number of historic buildings from earlier eras, reflecting different architectural designs. The Loop is generally well-maintained and mostly pleasant to walk around.
Written 11 September 2022
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR3,866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Business
My wife and I made our first trip to Chicago this past July on a business conference that I attended. We stayed in the North Loop on the River, which was a very central location for restaurants and tours. We went to the Art Institute, Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile, Willis Tower Skydeck, and a Cubs and White Sox game. Overall, it was a great trip.
Written 1 September 2022
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annelb123
Lincoln, RI10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The loop is ok during the day but some of the bars and restaurants closed kind of early, not sure if is due to residual covid or keeping crime down.
Written 16 August 2022
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,797 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The Loop refers to two things:
1. it is the most central part of downtown Chicago encircled by the Chicago river on north and west and Lake Michigan to the east, down to the Field museum on the south.
2. It is the iconic elevated train system on massive metal structures above the streets circling that area. Consider it ugly or not, it is worldwide unique and seen in so many movies. The only downside is it is not free like in Miami.
The Loop area boosts with prime city attractions such as the Willis tower, Millennium park with Cloud gate, Art Institute, Buckingham fountain....to name just a few.
Plan at least a whole day to visit it properly.
Written 22 May 2022
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