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The Loop

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Downtown / The Loop
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Address: 701 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605-2108
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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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Lots of walking and how to use the trains, use of Ventra system.

I was glad I had a personal guide to help me navigate the public transportation system of Chicago. It is a very large city and aside from the area within the Loop ( which is quite... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Inger E
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was glad I had a personal guide to help me navigate the public transportation system of Chicago. It is a very large city and aside from the area within the Loop ( which is quite walk able), I learned to use the trains and buses. You need a Ventra card * $5 or ask if you can borrow one... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The loop.. the main drag! It's all here! The loop is pretty cool. I gave it 4 stars because of how impressively clean it is compared to say the equivalent area of NY.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

SO many stores...so little time. Great fun for any age or gender. You can't see it all in one day...maybe a week!

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Sussex, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed at a hotel in the Loop and found the overhead train service very useful. Our area of the Loop was more a business district and we were rather disappointed that many restaurants and cafes here were closed at the weekend.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went down and caught the El around the loop. Not much to see except the sides of the buildings. Was expecting something different but as a practical way to get around it's good.

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Inverness, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Dang it's noisy. I stayed in the City during my visit, and I couldn't have been happier to escape the cold, gray loop area. The homeless target this area for begging. Very sad area. What ever you do, avoid going to Lower Wacker because you lose your signal, and there's not much there. Supposedly safer than the rest of Chi-town.

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Joensuu, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A part of town, named for loop route which cablecars use, nowdays business center of town. Lot to see, lot of restaurants and hotels

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Grimsby, Ontario
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not spending time inside "the LOOP" would mean one would be missing too much of the City of Chicago's history. The architecture, and style found in "The Loop" area of the downtown. Much of buildings in this area of the City can be dated from the year after the Great Chicago Fire. They group from the 1884 time, through the... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The loop is the elevated metro rail in Downtown Chicago. It makes commuting far easier in this busy area of Chicago. You can get to the various tourist attractions fairly well using the LOOP.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You want to see something other than guides are telling you to see? You need to see The Loop - or even go further! You can see the archiecture of old Chicago prior to eracting the skyscrapers. Passing Metro is just adding to the feeling that you can have walking and enjoying the walk. You should try Burgers and BBQ... More 

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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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