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The Loop

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The Loop

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Underground Donut Tour: Chicago's First Donut Tour
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701 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605-2108
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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Get views of Chicago’s most famous buildings, as well as insider info from an expert guide, on this architecture-focused cruise. See all the most important buildings on one tour, a hard-to-accomplish task on foot. View the skyline from the Chicago River while listening to live commentary. Snap photos of the Willis (Sears) Tower, Old Post Office, 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Wrigley Building, and more.
$38.85 per adult
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Taylor B wrote a review Sep 2020
Chicago, Illinois6,488 contributions5,248 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
slstraveller wrote a review Feb 2020
Panama City, Panama112 contributions18 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: February 2020
JeffBreedlove wrote a review Jan 2020
Atlanta, Georgia3,660 contributions230 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: June 2019
ILBAPP wrote a review Dec 2019
Chicago, Illinois88 contributions15 helpful votes
This area is often overlooked for the Magnificent Mile (to the north) and Millennium Park (to the east), but the Loop itself is full of life, even when not bustling with the worker bees. Really recommend the architectural tour for a real treat. If you choose to skip the tours, check out the historic Union Station, the Monadnock and Rookery buildings, the federal plaza (featuring Calder's famous Flamingo sculpture) and Daley plaza with the Picasso horse sculpture. Art fans will also enjoy the 2 other public sculptures by DuBuffet and Miro. Don't forget a selfie in front of the Chicago Theater, peek in on the Palmer House Hilton's gorgeous lobby and peacock doors, enjoy the metalwork at the old Carson Pirie Scott and Marshall Fields store. There is just so much here!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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TriciaJR wrote a review Dec 2019
Michigan61 contributions20 helpful votes
We wanted to experience the loop so we got on at Washington & Wells and got off at Clark & Lake. Its a neat way of seeing the city from an upper level. We traveled the loop around 10am when it wasn't busy. Tickets are bought at the machines in the station. Trains were very frequent, we didn't have a long wait. Elevators are available for those that need them. We did on that day and had no problems. Would recommend to fit this into your schedule in Chicago for an extra, experience.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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