If you’ve ever visited Chicago, then chances are you’ve been to the Loop. While there’s much to do in the city, nothing quite beats the art, culture, and excitement you can find in the downtown area. There are so many great things to do in Chicago’s Loop, from visiting beautiful architectural wonders to shopping on State Street. If you’re short on time or just don’t know where to start your Windy City adventure, we have you covered – just follow our lead!
Explore the Architecture
Spend time admiring some of the magnificent buildings that make Chicago’s skyline so iconic. Marshall Field’s houses Macy’s on State Street and is the largest store in the world, complete with a gigantic Great Hall and Tiffany mosaic vaulted ceiling. The Rookery Building is an icon in Chicago’s Financial District with its two-story, sky-lit lobby and mesmerizing spiral staircase. The St. Regis Chicago consists of three geometrical stacks wrapped in colored glass that give the structure an undulating appearance. A newer addition to the area, Nema Tower at the southern edge of Grant Park is the tallest rental apartment building in the city, standing at 896 feet tall. And we can’t forget the most iconic building of all, Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), which was constructed using staggered heights of steel tubes to resist Chicago’s unforgiving winds.
Check out the Theatre District
Chicago’s Loop is home to several great theatres worth checking out. The Chicago Theatre has 5,000 seats and hosts concerts and special events in its iconic venue. The Nederlander is lavishly outfitted in exotic mosaics and oriental decor and features Broadway touring shows. The Goodman Theatre is the oldest regional theatre and showcases Tony-winning director Robert Falls’s hallmark productions as well as a variety of ethnically diverse films.
Discover Public Art
Art is everywhere you look in Chicago’s Loop, from the must-see Cloud Gate sculpture to lesser-known masterpieces. Cool off in the shallow reflecting pool at Crown Fountain as you watch the water flow from the mouths of 1,000 Chicago residents projected on towering LED screens. Don’t miss the evening light show at Buckingham Fountain, when a light and music display accompanies the water show every hour on the hour. Standing in Daley Plaza is the 50-foot-tall Picasso Statue, one of the city’s most famous sculptures. Another sculpture to make sure you see is Calder’s Flamingo, the anchor of the plaza in the Loop and a prime selfie destination.
There’s no denying that Chicago’s Loop is a popular shopping destination, whether you’re looking for a deal or ready to splurge. State Street is lined with bargain stores like H&M, Old Navy, and Nordstrom Rack, as well as the massive Block 37 mall. Macy’s at State Street is one of the largest department stores in the world, spanning an entire city block. If you’re in town between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, be sure to make a stop at the mega-department store to see their lavishly decorated holiday windows.
When you’ve worked up an appetite or simply need a break from exploring Chicago’s Loop, there are plenty of great restaurants to check out. Revival Food Hall offers grab-and-go meals from the hottest players in Chicago’s culinary scene including Bianca’s Burgers and Minahasa, as well as craft coffee and cocktails from Revival Café-Bar. For a fancier meal, make reservations at Catch 35 for seafood and steaks, or Petterino’s for Italian eats. Of course, you can never go wrong with Giordano’s famous stuffed deep dish pizza or an Italian beef sandwich from Al’s Beef!
Whatever you do, we hope you have an amazing time in Chicago’s Loop! If we missed a place that you’d add to this list, we’d love to hear about it. If you’re looking for short-term corporate housing or a home-away-from-home in Chicago, we’d be happy to show you around our community. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at 312-787-8080.
Hope to see you soon!