The Loop

The Loop, Chicago: Address, Phone Number, The Loop Reviews: 4.5/5

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Downtown section of Chicago defined by the loop of elevated train that encircles it.
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Neighborhood: 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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SuzanneLG
Gresham, OR710 contributions
Come to Chicago Loop!
Sep 2021
The loop, is very clean and free from tents, the homeless, ( saw only a very few, not like were I come from) graffiti and trash.
Coming from out of town, both my adult children and friends couldn’t understand why we wanted to travel here, we’ll I want to tell everyone, I’M GLAD I DID! I have seen and appreciated all we did!
Written September 4, 2021
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alchapis
Miami, FL120 contributions
Beatiful Chicago
Jul 2021
Im have visited most of the capitals of the states in America and undoubtedly Chicago besides being the los beautiful is the cleanest city
Written July 17, 2021
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Daryl C
Danville, CA1,015 contributions
Chicago's Downtown
Jun 2021
From what I'm told, the "loop" is really the name for Chicago's downtown. It's definitely where you want to spend most of your time if it's your first trip. That's where most of the sights are.
Written June 6, 2021
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jgbtravels
Louisville, KY2,229 contributions
Great architecture but many empty storefronts.
May 2021 • Couples
Unfortunately Covid and perhaps the protests have led to a number of businesses being closed on State Street just south of Macy’s (Formerly Marshall Field’s). There seems to be many empty storefronts along this area. However, it’s a bit better along Michigan Avenue where you can enjoy the architecture. Hopefully as restrictions are lifted these empty storefronts will be occupied as more tourists visit the area and more workers return to The Loop. Other than visiting the Art Institute and the Contemporary Museum of Photography we didn’t spend much time in area this visit.
Written May 26, 2021
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Robert L
Amherst, MA1,422 contributions
A MUST
May 2021 • Couples
Our first time in Chicago, we enjoy walking around the Loop and taking the elevated trains around. For a big city, the area is fairly clean with police presence. The public transportation system is easy to use and people are helpful.
Written May 9, 2021
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casshill22
Winona, MN12 contributions
Travel spot
Mar 2021
I stayed at The Hyatt Centric The Loop, the travel by the lake is nice, seeing monuments, and several restaurants.
Written March 29, 2021
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Irina
United States8,449 contributions
Exciting Part of Town
Dec 2019
To the south from Chicago River, across from DuSable Bridge and N Michigan Ave, lies the downtown part of Chicago - known as the Loop. It is a very exciting place to visit, even in winter months. We were there last December, 2019 - a great time to enjoy this bustling city and its vibrant life. The Loop is commonly referred to as a business part of town. You can visit its famous shops (classic Macy's on State St, shops mall at Block 37, and many others), enjoy its theaters with 'Broadway in Chicago' program - i.e. pre-Broadway run of the latest plays and musicals, visit various types of excellent old and modern restaurants, admire contemporary outdoor art by famous artists (Calder, DuBuffet, Picasso, Miro, and many others), visit a grand Chicago Symphony, or spend a day (or more!) at the Art Institute of Chicago - a real gem of a museum ... There's so much to see and to enjoy! Willis Tower is one of constant attractions in the Loop.

It's very convenient to move around the area, using a well-developed Chicago Railway system (CTA), or the underground Pedway system, highly usable during cold or rainy days.

We stayed in a historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel (built in 1871), that is right in the center of the Loop, close to all the main attractions of the city, it was a party time in the lavishly decorated hotel, hosting a lot of guests from different parts of the world.

The east part of the Loop, that is close to Lake Michigan is probably more enjoyable in warmer weather - but I still managed to take some photos in Millennium Park, with stunning skyline views of the city.

I can talk about Chicago forever, because I love it. So, if you you are into a non-stop life-style of a big, modern city - the Loop is just the right part of Chicago to visit, to explore, to enjoy and to remember! ...
Written November 29, 2020
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,381 contributions
Second largest commercial business district in North America
Sep 2020
As a native Chicagoan--I actually grew up in south suburban Blue Island but have lived in downtown Chicago since 1976--I have learned there is so much to love about the city. Who would want to live anywhere else? Visitors gravitate to the most popular tourist attractions such as Navy Pier, Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile and Wrigley Field. But old-timers still cling to The Loop, where it all began, where Chicago began. Bounded by the Chicago River on the north and west, by Lake Michigan on the east and by Roosevelt Road on the south, encircled by the prominent elevated railway system (the "El") that gives The Loop its name, the area is the first of Chicago's 77 designated communities, the central business district of the city, the main section of downtown Chicago, the second largest commercial business district in North America. Once the site of Chicago's first homestead and the site of historic Fort Dearborn, which was built in 1803, The Loop contains the headquarters and regional offices of several global and national businesses, retail establishments, restaurants, hotels and theaters. It also is the site of some of the world's earliest and tallest skyscrapers and many notable landmarks. It is home to City Hall, the seat of Cook County, Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Grant Park, Millennium Park, Palmer House, Art Institute, Union Station, Thompson Center, Daley Center, Printer's Row, Chicago Theatre and Marshall Field's (now Macy's). Mostly destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, The Loop quickly was rebuilt to include such architectural wonders as the Rookery Building, Monadnock Building, Willis Tower and Aon Center. And don't forget the artwork and sculpture, including Buckingham Fountain, Picasso, Chagall, Miro, Calder and DuBuffet. There is so much to see, so many photo opportunities. And you haven't even left the heart of the city.
Written September 19, 2020
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slstraveller
Panama City, Panama124 contributions
The Windy city
Feb 2020
Really nice city, loved Chicago!
I had a good weather for be winter, had a nice walk around and enjoy the great architecture. Is amazing the mixes of the building designs. Easy acces by train. I really enjoyed my stay
Written February 29, 2020
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JeffBreedlove
Atlanta, GA4,160 contributions
The Heart of Chicago
Jun 2019
Love the Loop. We especially enjoyed the walks along the river. This is fun and safe way (at least the the daytime) to explore Chicago. There are so many photo ops and so many ways to enjoy the Loop that it deserves several visits.

Go Enjoy!
Written January 4, 2020
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