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Source: Chicago Loop Alliance

Boasting some of the nation’s favorite attractions, the Loop has become the most vibrant neighborhood in the Windy City. Sightseers, foodies and night owls are taking advantage of the Loop as Chicago’s newest place-to-be.

But such a large, dynamic neighborhood can be difficult to keep track of. Where can I find a great slice of Chicago-style pizza? What Broadway show should I see? What’s the name of that bar on State Street? From restaurants to art galleries, hotels to nightlife, shopping centers to giant reflective “beans”—we have a list of essential Chicago Loop experiences just for you!


Want to make the most of your time in the Loop? No problem. We’ve boiled down the Loop into this small list to make sure you get the essential Chicago Loop experiences, photos, and memories.

Art Institute of Chicago

111 S Michigan Ave.
Visit the Art Institute of Chicago for dazzling galleries of acclaimed international art in the world’s second largest art gallery. The museum may be the second largest, but it was recently ranked number one by Trip Advisor.

Buckingham Fountain

301 S Columbus Dr.
The picturesque Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain is a classic Chicago landmark and one of the largest fountains in the world.

Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Must-See Chicago Tour

224 S Michigan Ave.
Must-See Chicago is a fast-paced, 90-minute tour introducing Chicago and many of its most famous buildings by the acclaimed Chicago Architecture Foundation.


Macy’s on State Street is the second largest department store in the world and is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Millennium Park

201 E. Randolph St.
Millennium Park provides a beautiful backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities.

The Picasso

50 W Washington St.
The 50-ft high untitled Chicago Picasso in Daley Plaza has become one of Chicago’s most famous sculptures and beloved icons.

Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower

233 S Wacher Dr.
Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower offers an eye-popping view of Chicago and, for some brave souls, a chance to feel like you’re floating in thin air!

Famous Foods

Deep dish pizza, Chicago dogs, Chicago popcorn mix. You don’t have to be a foodie to know that downtown Chicago has some really famous foods.

The Berghoff Restaurant

Serving German cuisine with an American twist, Berghoff is known for family tradition, annual Oktoberfest celebrations, and being a part of the fabric of Chicago.

Exchequer Restaurant & Pub

The family owned-and-operated Exchequer Restaurant and Pub has been serving classic Chicago eats, including deep dish pizza, in the Loop since 1969.


Giordano’s Famous Pizza offers the finest in Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Bring an appetite and a doggie bag!

Garrett Popcorn Shop

Garrett Popcorn is a tempting tradition for Chicagoans and visitors alike, featuring sweet and salty popcorns that will have you coming back for more.

Italian Village Restaurant

In the mood for a world-class Italian dining experience? With three restaurants in one historic building, the Italian Village is Chicago’s Oldest Italian Restaurant.


Broadway Who? Chicago’s theatre scene is in the heart of the Loop, and it’s absolutely booming, drawing aficionados and newbies alike.

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

Home to the Joffrey Ballet, Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University is committed to presenting the finest theatre programming to Chicago.

Broadway In Chicago

Featuring world-class, internationally acclaimed productions such as Book of Mormon and Wicked, there’s something for everyone at Broadway in Chicago’s five unique venues.

The Chicago Theatre

A world-famous auditorium hosting concerts, comedy acts, dance and special events, The Chicago Theatre is a landmark Baroque-style edifice in the heart of the Loop.

The Goodman Theatre

Goodman Theatre is Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit theater and enjoys international renown for the quality of its productions.