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Chicago Loop

Many assume that the Loop’s name comes from the loop-like route formed by Chicago’s elevated trains. Not so. The designation actually stems from Chicago’s old public transit system, which was a simple streetcar that followed a circular track around the downtown business district. Just imagine what life was like for some of the first Loop residents – many of them got around by horse and buggy, bicycle or pushcart. You still see a few horse and buggy’s downtown (it’s kind of a novelty thing for tourists now), but the days of the push cart have given way to motor vehicles, and lots of them! The traffic in the Loop is heavy, but not impossible to navigate. Of course, present day bicyclists have the advantage when it comes to getting around these busy urban streets because they can bypass the lines of cars backed up at intersections.

With countless hotels, office buildings and retail shops, it seems like this Chicago neighborhood exists only for work and play. It does, after all, have one of the highest concentrations of commercial property, but there are plenty of people who live here, too. A fairly recent boom in residential condo building has made this central location a prime Chicago address. Of course, most of the housing here consists of high-rise condominiums and lofts. A simple studio with parking in the Loop prices in at around $200,000. But if you can get by without the garage space, the price falls drastically to around $120,000. One bedrooms range between $200,000 and $600,000, while two bedrooms sell anywhere from $400,000 to $1 million and above.

Chicago Skyline

Many Chicagoans decide to live in the Loop for the same reasons droves of tourists visit the neighborhood every year. Things like the Loop’s prominent theater district, which just happens to be the best in the city, are a big draw. And next to the Magnificent Mile, the Loop has the second best shopping scene in all of Chicago. Some Loop residents and downtown employees skip lunch just to power shop on their midday work break. But a true Chicago gourmand would never fathom the thought, especially with so many culinary gems on every block. Most of the restaurants here are upscale, but you’ll also find a slew delis and cafés, plus a grand selection of pizza joints like the famous Giordano’s. This local chain serves some of Chicago’s best deep-dish style pizza. It’s a must-try for anyone who has only known the likes of thin-crust and an obvious pleasure for those who are already privy to its mouthwatering tastes.

A good number of tourists travel to the Loop just to see the Sears Tower, Chicago’s tallest skyscraper. But Loop residents are more inclined to make repeat visits to other famous downtown attractions, like the Art Institute of Chicago, which houses a number of fine art pieces from all over the map. The Institute isn’t the only place where you can find spectacular visuals, though. Check out Daley Plaza where there’s an enormous steel sculpture crafted by Pablo Picasso himself. Across the street from that is another chunk of concrete culture by Spanish artist Joan Miro. Who wouldn’t love a neighborhood where priceless works of art are found roadside around every corner?

Also known for its innovative larger-than-life art pieces, the newly-established Millennium Park has proven itself a top Chicago destination for many reasons. This 25-acre outdoor hotspot is open year-round and is dotted with unique sculptures, interactive fountains and other eye-catching features that captivate adults and children alike. In addition to being an ideal picnic location, the grounds host several annual concerts and festivals that attract people from around the country. When the winter months approach, the plaza at Millennium Park is transformed into a free ice skating rink.

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Dining in Chicago Loop

53 W Jackson Blvd
Cuisine: American
Exchequer Restaurant & Pub
226 S. Wabash Ave.
Cuisine: American
Nick's Fishmarket Restaurant
51 S Clark St
Cuisine: Seafood
Miller's Pub
134 S Wabash Ave
Cuisine: American
West Egg Cafe
50 W Washington St
Cuisine: American
Jj Fish
26 E Adams St
Cuisine: Seafood
Charming Woks
601 S Wabash Ave
Cuisine: Asian
Bistro 110
110 E Pearson St
Cuisine: French
Catch Thirty Five
35 W Wacker Dr
Cuisine: Seafood
Cafe Des Architectes
20 East Chesnut
Cuisine: French
440 Lasalle Street
Cuisine: American
Oasis Cafe
21 N Wabash Ave
Cuisine: American
Barrel Cafe
820 W Jackson Blvd
Cuisine: American
1 W Wacker Dr
Cuisine: French
Venice Cafe
250 S Wacker Dr
Cuisine: Italian
Cafe Bacci
77 W Wacker Dr
Cuisine: Italian
Caffe Italo
555 W Madison St
Cuisine: Italian
Nick & Tony's
1 E Wacker Dr
Cuisine: Italian
101 N Wacker Dr
Cuisine: Italian
La Rosetta
70 W Madison St
Cuisine: Italian
19 E Jackson Blvd
Cuisine: American
La Strada Ristorante
155 North Michigan Ave
Cuisine: Italian
Mia Torre Restaurant
233 S Wacker Dr
Cuisine: Italian

Resources in Chicago Loop

National Jewish Center
Criminal Defense Attorney
Post Office
100 W. Randolph
150 S. Wacker
233 S. Wacker

Parking in Chicago Loop

319 W. Randolph 430 S. Wabash
133 S. Wacker 221 N. La Salle
181 W. Monroe 30 N. Wells
410 S. Wabash 20 N. Wacker
180 N. Franklin 318 S. Federal
401 S. Wabash 112 N. Clark
145 S. Wells 211 W. Adams
218 W. Randolph 29 N. Wacker
326 S. Wells 215 W. Washington
177 N. Wells 1 S. Wacker
111 W. Jackson 222 N. La Salle
55 E. Monroe 415 S. Financial
407 S. Dearborn 215 W. Lake
200 N. Wells 120 W. Madison
150 N. Wacker 172 W. Madison
181 N. Dearborn 201 W. Madison
30 S. Wacker 321 S. Wacker
412 S. Dearborn 120 N. La Salle

Entertainment in Chicago Loop

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington
Sears Tower
233 S. Wacker
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State
Daley Center Plaza
50 W. Washington
Federal Plaza
Adams & Dearborn
224 S. Michigan
Chicago Theatre
175 N. State
Tommy Gun's Garage
1239 S. State
Gallery 900
202 S. State
Art & Artisans
108 S. Michigan
Cassiopeia Fine Arts
330 S. Dearborn
Art & Artisans
132 N. La Salle
Chicago Architecture Foundation
224 S. Michigan
Civic Opera House
20 N. Wacker
Auditorium Theatre
50 E. Congress Pkwy.
Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph
Oriental Theatre, Ford Center for the Performing Arts
24 W. Randolph
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington
Storefront Theater, Gallery 37 Center for the Arts
66 E. Randolph
Shubert Theatre
22 W. Monroe
Chicago Cultural Center
77 E. Randolph
Art Institute of Chicago, Morton Auditorium
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington
Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences
60 E. Balbo
Goodman Theatre, in the Owen
170 N. Dearborn
Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn
31 E. Balbo
The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph
Patrick O'Malley Theatre, Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan
Merle Reskin Theatre
60 E. Balbo
The Noble Fool Theater
16 W. Randolph
The Dance Center, Columbia College
1306 S. Michigan

Shopping in Chicago Loop

American Music World
333 S. State
Carson Pirie Scott
1 S. State
Gallery 37 Store
66 E. Randolph
Jeweler's Mall
7 S. Wabash
Marshall Field's
111 N. State
2 N. State

Schools in Chicago Loop

DePaul University
1 E. Jackson
Harold Washington College
30 E. Lake
International Academy of Art & Design
1 N. State
Keller Graduate School of Management
225 W. Washington
Loop Laboratory School
11 E. Adams
School of the Art Institute
37 S. Wabash
American Academy of Art
332 S. Michigan Ave
Aurora University
300 N. Michigan Ave
Harrington Institute
410 S. Michigan
Roosevelt University
40 S. Michigan