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Explore Chicago Loop | Guide to Chicago Downtown

By Keirsten Bartley, Posted on 29 Feb, 2024 at 03:42 pm

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Chicago Downtown

The Chicago Loop is packed with famous sights, such as River cruises, the Chicago River Walk where you can go kayaking and enjoy the lovely vibe, a serene Millennium Park, a lively theatre district, and their magnificent historic architecture and incredible restaurants and shopping experiences on State Street. It's like the heart of this windy city. There is so much do to, that you won’t even get a chance to think what to do in Downtown Chicago! Let’s explore:


Explore Chicago Loop Like a Local:

Begin your journey to Chicago Illinois Downtown from river cruising. It is a thrilling ride to show you around the vibrant city and its great architecture alongside the award-winning beautiful Chicago River Walk aisle, where numerous lakefront restaurants are lined up to pedestrian-only paths. You get a chance to witness various art displays and ancient artifacts at the Mc Cormick Bridge house and River Museum.


Downtown Chicago: Serenity, History, Groove!

Take a look at the iconic existence of the Cloud Gate which means "the bean" at the Millennium Park and stunning Lurie Garden. Get fascinated with Crown Fountain and attend a few live concerts and performances at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, which hosts events like Chicago's Jazz Film Festival, Chicago Blue Festival, a film series, and a summer music series for free. While looking for some adventurous stuff to do in Chicago Downtown you must try skating, and rock climbing at stunning Maggie Daley Park and get a chance to play and have lots of fun together with your family.

Furthermore, the Chicago Cultural Center is a unique and authentic representation of different cultures, being a great historic landmark, it features diversified cultures through stunning art pieces and beautiful displays. Take a look at the world's renowned Tiffany, the largest dome made of stained glass, and the Sky deck at the formerly known Sears Tower, which is now known as Willis Tower, which offers breathtakingly beautiful views of the city's skyline. It allows you to step down on the world (feels like) as you step onto this glass box 1353 feet above, extending outwards, and don’t forget to visit the Art Institute of Chicago!

Additionally, the Chicago downtown loop has this amazing group visual theatre which has become the center of attraction for showbiz lovers. Entertaining crowds with grand happenings of world premieres, Tony award shows being hosted in the Theater District of downtown Chicago, which is occupied by the Cadillac Palace Theatre, great glittery marquees at Auditorium Theater, and Nederlander Theatre.



Culinary Delights of Downtown Chicago:

There is a culinary playground in Chicago Loop, which is a must-try, offering a wide range of dining options to satisfy your taste buds. An array of local eateries and high-end dining spaces showcases the lively vibe of the city. The Chicago loop has particularly emerged as the best foodie finds and houses amazing award-winning restaurants like Alinea, Girl & the Goat, and Au Cheval.

Don't forget to dig into their famous deep dish pan pizzas by Giordano's and Lou Malnati's to seek a legendary taste that will blow your palates with its cheese outbursts.


Shopping Spree at the Chicago Loop:

One of the best things to do in Chicago downtown is to go shopping! State Street offers a variety of shopping options from high-end luxurious brands to local shops, you can find everything related to clothing, shoes, and access, from high-quality athletic wear to authentic makeup and skincare. This place has everything for everyone, whether you're looking for electronic items or home decor stuff, get your hands on them in one go.


Events to Explore:

Exciting happenings in Chicago Illinois Downtown, include a range of noteworthy events. Here are some suggestions:


  • The Matchbox Magic Flute:

It is a 2-hour-long show with an interval in between, that'll rock your ears with a whimsical orchestra. Mary Zimmerman is a great artist, who manages Mozart's opera with a theatrical adaptation to engage everyone in their incredible performance. It is conducted in February and sometimes extended to March.


  • Ice Skating at Ice Rink of Mc Cormick Tribune:

Put on your skating shoes and book a skating lesson for yourself this weekend. This event occurs from November till March and caters to everyone with its hands-on lessons for all skill levels, taking you from beginners to advanced, this is going to be the most fun way to enjoy your weekend while you get a chance to learn a new skill by excellent trainers, managed by Millennium Park Foundation.


  • Weekends At Kalapriya Yoga sessions:

To bring calmness to your life, you better join these dance and yoga sessions at Kalapriya. Taking you on a spiritual journey, it is an opportunity to learn classical Indian dance with expert instructors and turn on your grooves. Kalapriya is a platform that conducts community classes and celebrates occasional Indian festivities.


  • American Dancing Bodies Symposium:

Taking a way forward to seeing beyond measures, the American Dancing Bodies Symposium represents the intersectionality and performances at different drum beats and instruments, including performances of The Joffrey Ballet, Ayodele drum & dance, Mordine & Company Legacy projects, and Brave Soul moments.

About Author

Keirsten Bartley

Keirsten left her career in engineering to travel the world. She is a 28 years old girl with some tremendous girl power; she has been traveling for five years now and has been producing awesome content based on her experience. 

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