Things to do in the Chicago Loop

Explore the heart of downtown Chicago with our guide to the best restaurants, attractions, hotels, things to do and theater in the Chicago Loop

Stand on The Ledge of the iconic skyscraper and peer down at streets and buildings in the Chicago Loop (while remaining calm).

The Loop is not just for business people and tourists. Everyone knows about the Chicago River, Lollapalooza, the Art Institute and Willis Tower (we're still prone to calling it Sears Tower; sorry, Willis!). But downtown Chicago offers many more things to do—museums, tours and attractions on the lesser beaten path. With DePaul University, Columbia College and SAIC, there are plenty of events catering to students. Sing along to a musical in the Chicago theater district. Step into a classic jazz club and see some of the top concerts in Chicago. Heck, there are even farmers' markets in the shadows of skycrapers. Here are the best things to do in the Chicago Loop.

Top attractions in the Chicago Loop

Restaurants

Best restaurants in the Loop

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Bars

Best bars and nightlife in the Loop

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Shopping and style

Boutique shopping in the loop

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Hotels

Best hotels in the Loop

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Things to Do

Best things to do in the Loop

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Theater

Chicago theater in the Loop

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Restaurants

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Restaurants

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