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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

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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

Best restaurants in the Loop
Restaurants

Best restaurants in the Loop

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Best bars and nightlife in the Loop
Bars

Best bars and nightlife in the Loop

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Boutique shopping in the Loop
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Boutique shopping in the Loop

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Best hotels in the Loop
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Best hotels in the Loop

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Best things to do in the Loop
Things to do

Best things to do in the Loop

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Chicago theater in the Loop
Theater

Chicago theater in the Loop

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Cafeterias and buffets in Chicago's Loop
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Cafeterias and buffets in Chicago's Loop

Buffets in Chicago are hidden in skyscrapers and pack lunch value. Nostalgic for your school dining hall? Eat by the pound at these top Loop cafeterias.

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A complete guide to the Chicago French Market
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A complete guide to the Chicago French Market

With 28 different food vendors (not counting an olive oil purveyor and flower shop), the Chicago French Market is a beast. Overwhelmed by the options? We ate at every single food stall. Here's what you should get.

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Ultimate Loop lunch guide
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Ultimate Loop lunch guide

There are more options than you think.

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Best downtown Chicago tours
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Best downtown Chicago tours

Explore the Chicago Loop by boat, bike, Segway and more.

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Ride a Divvy bike
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Ride a Divvy bike

Get places on a cheap rental bike.

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Air and Water Show
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Air and Water Show

Get the lowdown on which beaches, rooftop bars and skyscrapers give you the best views.

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