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The Chicago Loop

Updated on February 19, 2008

Downtown Chicago

Downtown Chicago, commonly referred to as "The Loop" is the historical heart and center of downtown, with a large business center.

Famous buildings in The Loop include:

  • Home Insurance Building
  • Chicago Board of Trade Building
  • Sears Tower

The Loop is considered the second largest business central in the United States, next to the top- Midtown Manhattan. It serves as the home for a ton of giant sky scrapers and businesses.

Chicago's downtown loop, grabbed its name from being surrounded in all corners. The Loop has the Michigan Lake to the east, Roosevelt Road to the south, and the Chicago River to the west and north sides of the area.

By far downtown Chicago is not a community- type area of the city. It has been focusing on the business aspect for years, slowly growing larger, taller, and wider, for a long time now.

If you want to visit The Loop, you'll find all these magnificent business- skyscrapers and government buildings, but you'll, also, find shopping... Tons of it... Chicago's downtown how is suburban shopping malls, that include stores such as Marshall Field's (no Macy's), Sears, and Carson Pine Scott. During Christmas, you'll find the most elaborate store window decorations that you won't see in many other cities, so despite the normal holiday shopping and bustle, you may consider dropping by and doing a little shopping in downtown Chicago.

The Loop is the most notarized and photographed area of Chicago. With its magnificent skyline, it serves as a picture perfect scene. In most pictures, you'll find the city at a lakefront view. You may see photos of Grant Park, which is, also, a part of downtown Chicago, which is the home of the Buckingham Fountain, Petrillo Bandshell, Gant Park Symphony, and the annual Taste of Chicago festival.

So, when visiting The Windy City, make sure to take a day to browse through Chicago's Loop. Go shopping. Relax at Grant Park. Just drive around admiring the city's downtown area.

Pictures of Downtown Chicago

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View of Downtown Chicago from the John Hancock Center


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    • thebenro profile image

      thebenro 9 years ago from Chicago

      Nice pics

    • Stacie Naczelnik profile image

      Stacie Naczelnik 10 years ago from Seattle

      I will totally check it out when I make my way out there again. The last time I was in Chicago, we were just driving through...and got stuck in the WORST traffic I've ever seen. And I've done a lot of driving in New York, so I've seen some bad traffic.

      Love the pictures.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Nice pictures of the loop.