The Loop is the vibrant heartbeat of Chicago. Filled with high rises, theaters, art, shopping, and attractions, it’s more than just a tourist destination or the central business district. It’s also a place that thousands of people call home. Living in the Loop provides a first class urban lifestyle for the resident who wants to be in the center of it all.
One of the best things about Loop living is the sheer abundance of transportation options. While you could own a car, it’s unnecessary. The Loop is actually named for the train tracks that encircle downtown. You can access every Chicago Transit Authority train line as well as several bus lines. At Millennium Station you can take the Metra Electric as far south as Blue Island, and you’re also right next to the Union and Ogilvie Stations. Cabs and ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft are plentiful; in fact, you’ll see more cabs than any other type of car.
Food & Drink
When you want to go out for a bite or a drink, there are literally hundreds of restaurants and bars from which to choose. The types of cuisine span the globe, from Asian to Italian, from German to Latin, from American to Mediterranean. You can choose a quick, casual lunch or a luxurious fine dining experience. Whatever your tastes and your budget, you’ll find it in the Loop.
One of the most popular restaurants is also one of the most historic. Berghoff has been serving German cuisine for over a century, and with liquor license no. 1 has been serving alcohol almost as long. Another favorite is the Italian Village. This trio of restaurants opened in 1927. On the other end of the spectrum, Latinicity and Revival Food Hall opened in 2016 and both offer a variety of food vendors. Heaven on Seven serves up cajun heat in the jewelry district, and Everest provides fine dining on the 40th Floor in the financial district.
Night owls will want to head up to River North for a plethora of 4am bars, but for those looking for drinks with a view, the Loop’s rooftops offer some of the best in the city. There are several casual pubs, including Monk’s and their impressive beer list, Emerald Loop for a pour of Guinness, and Exchequer for some pizza with your pint.
Pet owners living in the Loop are in luck. You’re right next door to Grant Park, which is dog-friendly, and you can bring your pooch to Grant Bark Park on the south end of Columbus. This park offers nearly half an acre of enclosed space and includes fresh water and bag dispensers. However, dogs are not allowed in Millennium Park or Northerly Island.
Attractions / Entertainment / Events
There is never a shortage of things to do in the Loop. So many of the city’s bigger theaters are in this neighborhood that it’s known as the Theater District. The Chicago Cultural Center is a free center of art and entertainment. Both Lyric Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, world class organizations, perform in the Loop. More music can be heard on the Great Lawn of Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The Art Institute of Chicago is also here, and the streets are lined with public art, including the famous Picasso in Daley Plaza. This open-air plaza hosts multiple free events throughout the year, including a weekly summer farmers market, several concerts and performances, and the popular Christkindlmarket.
Fitness & Health
If you’re looking for an active lifestyle in Chicago, Loop living makes it easy for you. You can kayak on the Chicago River, run and bike along the lakefront path, and climb the walls in Maggie Daley Park. In the winter you can ice skate in both Maggie Daley Park and in Millennium Park. There are also several gyms and fitness centers, making it easy to pursue your fitness goals.
Whether it’s boutique shops or large department stores, you can find what you’re looking for in this neighborhood. State and Wabash Streets are lined with stores, including Macy’s and Old Navy as well as several smaller places. Block 37 is a multi-level shopping center with both local and national shops, If you’re in the market for something shiny the Jewelry District is located on Wabash Avenue.
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