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Downtown section of Chicago defined by the loop of elevated train that encircles it.
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701 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605-2108
Downtown / The Loop
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The Loop area of Chicago is vast and worth having a wander around, lots of different areas to explore, possibly get lost briefly, but worth exploring you will see lots of great Chicago highlights.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easy to get turned around and lose your bearings. Hustle of the people all busy. Great place to immerse yourself in the downtown.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank LLHH
Reviewed 1 week ago

Chicago is still a vibrant city. However, the homeless and beggars really do make one feel like they are running a gauntlet of the needy. The constant rotation of shops and empty shops ofent mar what is really a vibrant area. I love the side...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank sisterida
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It loops and then goes out in other routes. So a train from the airport might come into town and then loop and head back to the airport. We got on thinking it would be a nice sightseeing experience, but it was stop here and...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 836tomr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are visiting, this is a must do. The "heart of Chicago" is trite, but true. Just walk around & get a feel for the city. Lots of restaurants some with outdoor seating when the weather is nice.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank ccindyk48
Reviewed 10 September 2019 via mobile

The area in downtown Chicago defined by the elevated railways. Many restaurants, coffee shops and stores. Grant Park, Millennium Park, The Institute of Art and many more attractions are located within this area. Fun atmosphere and easy to walk everywhere.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Neta_Avivi
Reviewed 8 September 2019

Great tip. If your arriving at O'Hare airport buy a Ventura card from the machin, it is $2.50pp to the city center from the airport. from there just Uber or Lyft it the last leg, We got a cab and it was $45 not a...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Alan O
Reviewed 2 September 2019

The Loop is the heart of Chicago - the center of all that is wonderful about the amazing city. The Loop is the home to all the awesome theaters, fantastic Parks (Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park ...), the amazing Riverwalk, cool and trendy restaurants, tons...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Steven D
Reviewed 25 August 2019 via mobile

Michigan Avenue is the glamorous area, but the loop and surrounding streets are the central business district. Many of the government buildings are here as well as commercial and headquarters offices. There are still theatres and department stores. Certainly easy to get to and around...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank joe-chicago-23
Reviewed 24 August 2019

The Loop is the central business district in Chicago's downtown area, home to the city's commercial core, City Hall and the seat of Cook County. Bounded on the North and West by the Chicago River, on the East by Lake Michigan and on the South...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a
good starting point to sample the city's energy and
flavor. This central business district boasts
Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier
shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep
your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many
photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of
Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of
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15 July 2019|
Response from traveltheworld012 | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, many stations are not equipped with an elevator. The following CTA 'L' train stations are NOT wheelchair accessible. Users of wheelchairs and those who cannot ascend long flights of stairs should not attempt... More
Sandy T
24 February 2018|
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Response from BarbinDevon | Reviewed this property |
It is a metro train up high, so you can travel from station to station as usual.
21 October 2016|
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Response from Joe B | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The Chicago Transit Authority sells day passes for $10 and three day passes for $20. Google the CTA for more info. By the way, Chicago now uses a Ventra Card that costs an additional $5 but you can cash it in at one ad... More