Rivaled in the United States only by Manhattan’s Midtown in terms of size and scope, the Loop is Chicago’s buzzing, dynamic heart. Visit tourist destinations such as the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), popular landmarks such as Grant Park (which comprises Millennium Park, the Museum Campus, and other attractions), public artworks by artists like Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder, the Chicago Theatre, the Chicago Cultural Center, and much more.
You’ll find the Loop on dozens of tour itineraries, from hop-on hop-off bus, bike, and Segway tours to themed walking tours. To see the Loop from the water’s edge, take a river cruise, which provides a speedy way to glimpse many of the Loop’s skyscrapers and other key sights.
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Things to Know Before You Go
One of Chicago’s most famous landmarks, the Cloud Gate (nicknamed the Bean) is located in the Loop’s Millennium Park.
Try Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza while in the neighborhood; it’s home to popular local chains like Lou Malnati’s, Gino’s East, and Giordano’s.
The Loop has been featured in several blockbuster films, fromThe Dark Knight toFerris Bueller’s Day Off; and movie buffs may recognize local filming locations.
How to Get There
Located at the city center, the Loop is easy to reach by numerous forms of transit, including most El lines, commuter trains, many buses, water taxis, and more. The Loop is highly walkable and also is easy to explore by foot, car, and bike.
When to Get There
Visit the Loop during daytime hours, when commuters mingle with tourists and creatives, and when the area’s museums, boutiques, and monuments are most likely to be open. If you find yourself in the neighborhood after sundown, however, be sure to stick around: The Loop’s revamped downtown theater district, and its many bars and restaurants, make it an appealing place to wind down the day.
Festivals and Events in Chicago
The Loop is host to many of Chicago’s top events and festivals. Head to the neighborhood to attend the Chicago Blues Festival, Lollapalooza, the Taste of Chicago, and more. In March, the Chicago River is dyed a vibrant shade of green to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
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