Welcome to Loop
Sophisticated urban district with a plethora of top attractions.
The Loop is Chicago’s commercial and business center. Known as a sophisticated urban district, it boasts a variety of delicious restaurants, chic shopping, leafy parks, waterfront recreation spots, and world-class cultural attractions. Several of the world’s first skyscrapers were constructed in the Loop during the last two decades of the 19th century. The Loop’s dramatic skyline is dominated by historic and iconic high-rises. Landmark architecture ranges from the 1888 Rookery Building through to the 1973 Willis Tower. Formerly the Sears Tower, Willis Tower was the world’s tallest building until near the end of the 20th century.
When it comes to the United States’ largest commercial districts, the Loop is second only to Midtown Manhattan. Home to many major companies and professionals, the Loop’s real estate consists mostly of apartments and condominiums in the district’s historic and contemporary high-rises. The most sought-after properties provide stunning elevated views over the city and Lake Michigan.
What to Love
People & Lifestyle
The Loop is the heart of downtown Chicago and home to many of the city’s top shops, restaurants, and attractions—living here means having the best of the Windy City right on your doorstep. It also has a large number of employment opportunities with one of the biggest business districts in the country.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The Loop’s electric streets are buzzing day and night with great places to dine, drink, and shop. The Marshall Field’s building was home to one of the United States’ first department stores when it opened in 1905. Macy’s
took over the space in 2005 and continues many of its beloved traditions, including the installation of a three-story Christmas tree and elaborate holiday window displays during the festive season.
North State Street is home to one of Chicago’s newest retail centers. Completed in 2016, Block 37
has a five-story atrium, an AMC Dine-In Movie Theater
, and more than 40 stores and restaurants, including a Disney Store, AKIRA, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Sephora, and Zara. The State Street shopping district
also has brand-name fashion stores such as Champion, Express, H&M, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy, and Saks Off Fifth.
At the dramatic 1890s Gothic Revival-style Chicago Athletic Association building you’ll find the luxurious Chicago Athletic Hotel
. The first-class amenities here include stunning city views from the rooftop open-air terrace at Cindy’s
bar and restaurant, farm-to-table fine dining and throwback cocktails in the Cherry Circle Room
, and classic drinks made with the rarest vintage spirits and elixirs at the former Prohibition-era speakeasy of the Milk Room.
Dining highlights within the Loop include Italian Village
, a romantic eatery that has delighted patrons with its elegant Tuscan cuisine and extensive wine list since 1927. The Berghoff
has been a must-visit staple of the Loop’s restaurant scene even longer. This authentic German eatery opened its doors in 1898 and became enormously popular during the prohibition era, when nickel sandwiches were served with a free beer. The Berghoff remains an inviting spot for German beer steins and hearty Bavarian dishes.
Things to Do
The Loop has a multitude of things to see and do at any time of year. The connected greenspaces of Grant Park
and Millennium Park
have an abundance of amenities and attractions on the Lake Michigan shoreline. Spanning close to 313 acres, Grant Park is home to many sports fields, scenic lawns, the picturesque 1927 Buckingham Memorial Fountain, and Chicago’s Museum Campus.
The Art Institute of Chicago
is a highlight of the Museum Campus, featuring a collection of almost 300,000 artworks across nearly one million square feet of exhibition space. Famous artworks here include Pablo Picasso’s “The Old Guitarist” and Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.”
For four days in August, Lollapalooza
takes over Grant Park with performances from some of the biggest names in rock, punk, metal, hip-hop, and electronic music. The five-day Taste of Chicago
festival in July is the largest food festival in the world. Along with delicious eats from over 70 vendors, Taste of Chicago features performances from many well-known bands and musicians.
Millennium Park in Grant Park’s northwest corner opened in 2004 and quickly became the Midwest’s most visited tourist attraction. Highlights of Millennium Park include Sir Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate
sculpture (sometimes affectionately referred to as “The Bean”), the unique video wall and reflecting pool water feature of Catalan artist Jaume Plensa’s Crown Fountain
, and the urban oasis of the 2.5-acre Lurie Garden.
The beautiful 1896 neoclassical Chicago Cultural Center
hosts many free events and exhibitions. Head to the Sky Deck
at Willis Tower, Chicago’s most famous skyscraper, for breathtaking views over the Windy City and Lake Michigan.
The Loop is zoned to the City of Chicago School District. There are also many excellent opportunities for higher education. Highlights include:
- DePaul University, Largest Private Roman Catholic University in the United States
- Columbia College, Private Liberal Arts College Established in 1890
- Roosevelt University, Private University with Fourth-Largest Academic Complex in the World
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Private Art College
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