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A complete guide to the South Loop

Just west of the museums and McCormick, and below the busy Loop is hub of nightclubs, restaurants and hotels. Here's what to do in the South Loop.

Photograph: Martha Williams
Cermak-McCormick Place Green line station

The South Loop lies, well, just south of the Chicago Loop. That makes it one of the most accessible and easy-to-find neighborhoods in the city. Bordered by the lake and gorgeous Chicago parks, the Chicago River, Chinatown, some of the top Chicago museums and McCormick Place, the South Loop should feel more bustling than it is. In reality, the 'hood is a quieter residential area ripe for exploration just a walk from downtown. There's fantastic food to be had, from white-tablecloth artistry to snappy hot dogs. Shop for books in historic Printers Row. When the sun sets, slip into one of the many hopping music hotspots, as this has long been a hub for jazz, blues and soul. Here's what to do in the South Loop.

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Things to do in the South Loop

The best South Loop restaurants
Restaurants

The best South Loop restaurants

From fine dining to hot dogs, with Spanish and Thai in between, the South Loop offers great eats

The best South Loop bars and nightlife
Bars

The best South Loop bars and nightlife

Hop from dive bars and cocktail lounges to blues joints and jazz gigs

Top attractions in the South Loop
Things to do

Top attractions in the South Loop

Explore the museum campus, parks and convention centers in one of the busiest Chicago 'hoods

The best South Loop hotels
Travel

The best South Loop hotels

Many of these South Loop hotels are just a short walk to Soldier Field

The best shops in the South Loop
Shopping

The best shops in the South Loop

The neighborhood is starting to blossom with high-end liquor stores, bike shops and one of the city's best art-supply stores

South Loop residents tell us their favorite neighborhood spots
Things to do

South Loop residents tell us their favorite neighborhood spots

We talked to a group of South Loop residents who introduced us to some of their favorite spots in the neighborhood.

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