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The Loop

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Address: 701 South State State, Chicago, IL 60605
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Downtown section of Chicago defined by the loop of elevated train that...

Downtown section of Chicago defined by the loop of elevated train that encircles it.

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We both loved this part of Chicago in spite of the homeless and beggars who did not cause any problems. The old rail tracks and the sound of the trains made you feel you were in a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We both loved this part of Chicago in spite of the homeless and beggars who did not cause any problems. The old rail tracks and the sound of the trains made you feel you were in a movie.. Fascinating.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The loop has a great deal to offer for tourists and locals and is never boring. See great architecture, great shopping in some areas, fantastic restaurants, and extremely easy to get around in. The loop is defined by the elevated train traveling around the outside of the downtown area making a loop, and offering access to the South Side (Comisky... More 

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Castel Bolognese, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unique and charming. So named because of the elevated trains system that runs above your head in the middle of bars, restaurants, stores, theathers and the modern cut of the buildings of the financial district. You can recognize pictures from tons of movies. Daytime seems a pretty safe neighborhood if you keep your eyes open.

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Loop is one of the best way to both see and get around Chicago. Get yourself a day or weekly pass, its alot cheaper and more flexible to travel about the city. Lots of steps to access but manageable.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Get on the L train, it's a great way to see some of the impressive buildings up close as its above ground.

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Springfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When I came to Chicago for the first time, everyone referred to "The Loop" as a point for orientation, but could not understand why. "The Loop" was named because of the elevated subway system that run South to the Chicago River. It runs in the middle of restaurants, stores, bars and the financial district of the City, particularly State Street,... More 

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Stavanger, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The loop is part of what makes Chicago special. Great to see the contrast between the old loop and the new high rise buildings. You have to walk there.

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Loop (so named because of the elevated trains which circumscribe the area) is Chicago's Heart, and in more ways than one. Here is where you find some of the city's oldest and finest restaurants and hotels, as well its financial and cultural centers. And at the heart of the heart you have "that great street" State Street, with its... More 

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is no other American city that has the great architecture of Chicago. Every time I come I take a million pictures just walking the Loop.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its the loop covering Chicago's downtown. You will see beautiful high rise buildings and pass through Chicago river. Interesting to walk through the town.

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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 the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
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