The Loop

Pretty much the center of the universe, if you live in Chicago.
If you’re looking for the true spirit of Chicago, head straight for the Loop. The list of things to do here is extensive. Theaters, parks, museums, festivals and famous landmarks like “the bean” and the Willis Tower (or Sears Tower for the die-hard Chicago Natives) are all found right here. In terms of proximity, nothing is ever far away. Endless options exist for transportation, food, drink, work and play.

Let me show you The Loop

Where is The Loop?

How to Get Around

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WALK SCORE

The Loop is Chicago’s 7th most walkable neighborhood.

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TRANSIT SCORE

Catch any rail line your heart desires in the Loop, as well as buses, ride shares, and taxis.

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BIKE SCORE

Busy in terms of traffic, which can make biking a little difficult but doable.

Who lives in The Loop?

  • People who have lived there forever
  • DePaul students
  • Wealthy condo owners
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   What's cool in The Loop?   

Living in the Loop means you’re in the center of everything. The lake and river are always a short walk away and there’s really easy access to world-class museums, shops, and restaurants. It’s also the ideal spot to see the amazing skyline and all the architecture the city has to offer.

- The Loop Local

The Bean

The Bean

Officially dubbed Cloud Gate, this reflective bean-shaped sculpture is an unofficial symbol of Chicago itself. It’s also incredibly photogenic, so go ahead and take a selfie.

Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is the second largest art gallery in the United States. Located in a building constructed for the World’s Fair in 1893, the Art Institute contains up to 300,000 works of art at any given time.

The Willis Tower

The Willis Tower

Did you know the tallest building in the United States calls The Loop home? Whether you call it Willis or Sears, the observation deck of this incredible skyscraper is definitely worth the trip.

Higher Learning

The Loop

A multitude of museums are found in the Loop, thanks in part to the buildings left over by the 1893 World’s Fair. In addition to the Art Institute and the Museum of Science and Industry, the Loop offers several smaller museums that really make this neighborhood the epicenter for every type of geek out there.

  • Museum of Contemporary Photography
  • Chicago Architecture Center
  • American Writers Museum
  • Chicago Cultural Center
  • Museum of Science and Industry

Miles of green space surround the loop, mostly to the east. Grant Park and Millennium Park host everything from music festivals to afternoon yoga, so swing by whenever you get the chance and see what’s happening.

  • Grant Park
  • Millennium Park
  • Taste of Chicago
  • Lollapalooza
  • Blues Festival

Parks and Festivals

The Loop
The Show Must Go On

The Loop
It shouldn’t be any surprise that Chicago is home to a bustling theater scene. The city has its own musical, for goodness sake. Something new is always making its debut in Chicago, where you can catch a Broadway-caliber production for half the price.

  • Chicago Theater
  • DePaul students
  • Grant Park Music Festival
  • The Auditorium Theater