Try These Things to do in the Loop, Chicago

Looking for things to do in Chicago's Loop neighborhood? We've rounded up some of the best options.

You can find everything in the Loop, Chicago’s bustling business district, from history to new attractions. Whether you want to learn something new, see a show, grab a drink, have a meal, or go shopping, we’ve rounded up all the best spots that are sure to entice you.

Loop Attractions 

Art Institute: Protected by the iconic bronze lions, the Art Institute of Chicago displays more than 300,000 pieces. You can get lost for hours through the winding hallways filled with beauty. Look for the most famous works here like Vincent Van Gogh’s, The Bedroom, or Edward Cooper’s, Nighthawks.

Chicago Theatre: The theatre scene in Chicago has grown immensely. Famous shows like Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Book or Mormon, and so much more have graced these Chicago stages. The Chicago Theatre district gives you the opportunity to be a tourist in your own city for the night. Grab your tickets to latest show now!

Bars in the Loop

The Berghoff: Head over to this German-inspired establishment to see Chicago’s very first liquor license after the Prohibition era. Gather a group of friends and family together and experience true German culture at one of the long beer hall tables. While you indulge in specialty dishes and beer, take in the unique atmosphere of the historic establishment.

Vol. 39: This posh cocktail lounge at the Kimpton Gray Hotel puts you right in the middle of an intriguing atmosphere that sparks a sense of mystery. Test out their unparalleled cocktail program with a finely crafted old fashioned or martini. The shelves lined with vintage law books add to the elite ambiance as well as the plush leather sofas. Guests can sit back and lose track of time here.

Chicago Loop Restaurants

Revival Food Hall:  On the first floor of The National Building at Clark and Adams sits Revival Food Hall, a posh cafeteria that houses fourteen of Chicago’s best vendors. Famous restaurants from Chicago neighborhoods compiled their best dishes and are serving them up in the Loop now, making it convenient for tourists and commuters.

The Dearborn: Owners Amy and Clodagh Lawless combine their love for Chicago and their Irish heritage to create a welcoming culinary experience. Stop by after work for their famous Dearborn Burger and craft cocktail while relaxing in the open air restaurant. The vintage inspired lights, custom Chicago murals, and leather booths pay homage to traditional American Taverns.

Unique Shopping in the Loop

Optimo Hats: Aside from the abundance of retail chains in the Loop, you can find small boutique shops like Optimo Hats. This artisan specializes in custom hats that you won’t find anywhere else. Stop by now and check out the Frank Lloyd Wright collection; this is a limited-edition hat in collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Merz Apothecary: Established in 1875, this family owned pharmacy sells every health and beauty product you could imagine. You can find unique fragrances here as well as fine skin care lines. They are so famous now that they have begun to ship worldwide. Make sure to stop by in the morning to avoid large crowds!

The Loop has endless possibilities that will make any resident happy! Learn more about living in the Loop, then contact Luxury Living Chicago Realty to find your new apartment in the Chicago Loop.

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Erin is an Indiana native and a Syracuse University student who loves trying new foods and new experiences. Before starting at Luxury Living Chicago, she spent a semester in Florence, Italy studying art history and architecture.

Erin Gallagher Marketing & Sales Intern

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