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The Loop, IL

Chicago
The Loop - Downtown which includes a river or creek

Bordered roughly by the surrounding elevated train circuit, this Chicago neighborhood has restaurants, galleries, parks and a giant silver bean.

The Loop neighborhood is Chicago’s exciting downtown. Ride just under 2 miles (3 kilometers) on the elevated L trains that have followed a rectangular loop over the city streets since 1897. Step off the train to visit restaurants, cultural attractions, shops, clubs and beautiful parklands. Shop along historic State Street and stroll on the Riverwalk north of the Loop for dining and entertainment.

Enjoy Chicago’s cultural scene in the Loop. See exhibits and programs at the Chicago Cultural Center during the day and choose from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet or the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for evening performances. Attend a Broadway show at the Ford Oriental Theatre.

Venture out on the glass-bottomed ledge of the Skydeck on Willis Tower’s 103rd floor. At 1,450 feet (443 meters), this is one of the world’s tallest buildings. View up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) away across four states.

East of the Loop is Millennium Park, planned and opened around the year 2000. This vast space features the lovely Lurie Garden, which offers educational programs for children and adults. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the Great Lawn performance space seats more than 10,000 people. Many events held here are free.

The park’s art is large and unique. Gaze at Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, reflecting the city skyline and overhead skies on shiny steel plates. Because of its curved shape with concave underside, locals call this the Bean. The 50-foot (15-meter) towers of Jaume Plensa’s Crown Fountain project faces of Chicago citizens, with water appearing to spout from their mouths. Look for the current exhibits of modern and contemporary art in the outdoor Boeing Galleries.

Extending south along Lake Michigan is the rest of Grant Park. Stroll through this large park to enjoy its gardens, sculptures and the gorgeous Buckingham Fountain shaped like a rococo wedding cake. Enter the Art Institute of Chicago, filled with American and Impressionist art.

Between sightseeing outings, stop for authentic Chicago-style pizza across the Loop neighborhood.


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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chicago Downtown
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chicago Downtown
3 out of 5
1 S Franklin Street, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥12,692 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Located in The Loop, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Willis Tower and Skydeck Ledge. Chicago Riverwalk and Cadillac Palace Theatre are also within 10 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,305 reviews)
"Convenient location. good price for last minute. were able to upgrade me."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chicago Downtown
Congress Plaza Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥12,980 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
Located in The Loop, this hotel is steps from Columbia College Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography, and Auditorium Building and Theatre. Fine Arts Building ...
3.7/5Good! (4,345 reviews)
"Older structure but well maintained."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2021

Congress Plaza Hotel
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hyatt Regency Chicago
4 out of 5
151 East Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥21,282 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in The Loop, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue Bridge. Grant Park and Chicago Theatre are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3,214 reviews)
"Great service and staff. Check in was easy and friendly even with a busy weekend going on."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Hyatt Regency Chicago
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
4.5 out of 5
85 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥23,036 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in The Loop, this luxury hotel is steps from Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue. Grant Park and Chicago Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Clark-Lake ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (2,780 reviews)
"Great location convenient to many attractions. Room was faithfully cleaned daily, with staff returning even in the afternoons to take care of us. Comfortable, firm bed with high end linens. King suite had a pull out couch and plenty of room for us and our son."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2021

LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
Club Quarters Hotel, Central Loop
Club Quarters Hotel, Central Loop
4 out of 5
111 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥13,677 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
Located in The Loop, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chicago Board of Trade Building, Willis Tower, and State Street. Art Institute of Chicago and Skydeck ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,341 reviews)
"Esta demasiado lejos del hotel"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Club Quarters Hotel, Central Loop
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago
4.5 out of 5
221 N Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥21,779 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in The Loop, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chicago Riverwalk, Grant Park, and Aon Center. Chicago Theatre and Millennium Park are also ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,535 reviews)
"Excellent location right along the river, many attractions are very walkable. Building itself is interesting with some unique architectural features. Room itself felt a little dated but overall cleanliness was solid. Fitness center was very impressive for a hotel and the indoor/outdoor pool options ..."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago
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