The Loop

Neighborhood guide to the Loop in downtown Chicago.

Higher Learning: Bringing a Whole New Meaning to “Chicago School”

Chicago’s architecture has influenced American architecture more than any other. Many of our most notable buildings come from influences from the “Chicago School.”

The Chicago Pedway

The Chicago Pedway

Oh, the Chicago Pedway. What a perfectly unique quirk in this city full of surprises. This underground system of tunnels connects Chicago’s Loop, a fascinating and functional city below the city.

The Harris Theater at Millennium Park

The Harris Theater at Millennium Park

Situated directly behind the Pritzker Pavilion, the Harris theater is one of the gems in the Millennium Park crown and, as of 2003, one of the great venues in Chicago for viewing dance and music events.

The Purple Pig (Restaurant, River North)

The Purple Pig’s slogan sums up the experience perfectly: “Cheese, Swine & Wine.” This Magnificent Mile restaurant is for the adventurous meat lover who enjoys sharing a great meal with friends over many bottles of wine. Sound up your alley? Yeah, we thought so.

Encore Liquid Lounge (Bar, The Loop)

Located next to the Cadillac Palace Theatre, Encore Liquid Lounge is great place for theatergoers to grab some pre or post show cocktails.

Gene Siskel Film Center

Gene Siskel Film Center

Gene Siskel often ended his interviews by asking his subjects, “What do you know for sure?” What I know for sure is not only that Siskel had a lasting effect on Chicago and on film but also that the center is a fitting tribute to his legacy.

Marshall Fields – A History

Before boasting the big red Macy’s star, Marshall Field’s was a Chicago shopping staple. Check out the history of this famed department store.

They’re Hot and They’re Cold: The Soupbox

Since its opening in 1995, The Soupbox has offered a refreshingly simple experience — good soup and bread.

Cibo Matto (Restaurant, the Loop)

I went to Cibo Matto having heard very mixed reviews and my expectations were not high. That said, I was blown away by this restaurant.

Flat Top Grill (Restaurant, Multiple Locations)

At Flat Top Grill, you are the head chef.

Minute Massage Inc.

Is stress bunching your muscles up like the plot of Lost? Minute Massage Inc. is helping to relieve the stress of the city one knotted back at a time.

The Chicago Theatre

Since the 1920s the theater has hosted great musicians, comedians, and entertainers including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Robin Williams, Prince, and many more.

State and Lake Restaurant (Restaurant, River North)

The Wit’s most casual and affordable dinning option, State & Lake offers a delicious and comforting menu in a cozy atmosphere.

The Gage (Restaurant, the Loop)

Easy to access by Loop workers and park tourists alike, this place is always bustling. The Gage has a lively upscale pub atmosphere and really does English food right.