Things to Do in Downtown / The Loop

Top 10 Things to Do in Downtown / The Loop, Chicago

Top Things to Do in Downtown / The Loop

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  • CultureVulture60657
    Chicago, IL8,408 contributions
    The Cezanne retrospective now at the Art Institute through early September is stupendous. The curators have gathered works from the AIC's own large holdings of Cezanne plus other museums across Europe and the U.S. for a comprehensive look at the life work this important late 19th Century painter. Cezanne revisited the same subjects time after time over the course of decades. To see several in one room is a rare opportunity. I also loved the video in which the curators dissected 3 paintings, even using infrared technology, to explain how, using color, Cezanne built up his images. It's a large show, about 130 works, plus notebooks and other items, so plan to spend a couple hours with it.
    Written May 13, 2022
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  • Bren H
    Santa Rosa, CA87 contributions
    Just a really fun place to take pictures. It was pretty warm yesterday and the reflections showed beautifully in the sun.
    Written May 17, 2022
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  • Reedmummy
    Georgetown, SC20 contributions
    It was great go during the middle of the day it is safer. There was a lot of shootings in Chicago while we were there and mugging. The park is safe and very nice
    Written May 14, 2022
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  • siochain
    12 contributions
    Walked back to the hotel from the restaurant. Very active and very pretty. Lights on many of the buildings and one in particular plays a video which was very colorful.
    Written May 13, 2022
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  • kkmckendree
    Battle Creek, MI154 contributions
    A nice stop that's free and you can wonder around and look at the beautiful architecture of this building. The pictures don't do it justice!
    Written May 10, 2022
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  • Deidre P
    37 contributions
    If your looking for something to do when you arrive in Chicago the loop is a good way to get your blood circulating after your flight and drive in from the airport. Great views, stop for bite to eat and drink along the way, I think of it as guiltless pleasure…
    Written May 1, 2022
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  • kmz88
    Chicago, IL362 contributions
    A beautiful fountain. Must see in Chicago. Plan to be there at the hour to see the central, high portion of the fountain go up!
    Written February 25, 2022
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  • Heather B
    2 contributions
    We pre-purchased our tickets and were able to walk right onto the elevator with no waiting. The area was clean and the bar was well stocked. The app you could download didn't ever work, but the views of the water and the city were breathtaking.
    Written May 9, 2022
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  • Ken B
    Grand Rapids, MI73 contributions
    Simply awesome views in every direction. The N River is especially beautiful. Always makes me breathless
    Written March 10, 2022
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  • Lori
    Rosemont, IL5 contributions
    We were at the Chicago Theatre for a comedy show. The Theatre is gorgeous and worth the time to view the ornate decor. Our seats were on the main floor, and due to the acoustics, the sound was perfectly clear.
    Written May 5, 2022
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  • Lindsay W
    Boston, MA4 contributions
    Absolutely loved the museum! I went on a Sunday morning and had the whole place to myself. Most of the museum is interactive and I spent about an hour there but there are plenty of spots to pick up a book and sit down and read if you wanted to extend your visit.
    Written January 26, 2022
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  • Deidre P
    37 contributions
    Love the park, has a wonderful time walking through it and seeing all of what Chicago has to offer as I walked the loop and enjoyed the places I saw along the way.
    Written May 1, 2022
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  • apdemas
    Sterling, VA694 contributions
    Really enjoyed the tour of the building, all the little details and stories were fantastic. The tour guide was knowledgeable and did a great job of providing just enough information to be interesting and engaging, but not so much that it was overwhelming. The gift shop was decent too.

    We did a walk-up tour and there was plenty of space.
    Written December 5, 2021
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  • Lynn N
    Concord, MA11 contributions
    I would recommend this museum to all ages. The federal staff of all jobs and responsibilities volunteer for an informational talk in a meeting room. We had a gentleman who was up the corporate ladder who loved to talk. He was delightful and funny.

    The museum is small and the space is used wisely. Go see a million dollars. Or pick up free money (shredded) Get educated.
    Written July 10, 2020
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  • kmz88
    Chicago, IL362 contributions
    Great fountain - the faces are supposed to represent a modern version of gargoyles. Especially nice in summer when it's hot.
    Written February 25, 2022
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