As you may have guessed, Chicago’s downtown neighborhoods make up the heart of the city. However, unlike in many other cities, downtown isn’t just where briefcase-toting suits go to pass the time between 9am and 5pm. Sure, a lot of work does go down here, but it’s also a place to study, play, shop, eat, drink, stroll, or even get some exercise. Below the skyscraping peaks of the Sears (now Willis) Tower and the John Hancock Building, you’ll find a group of neighborhoods that are home to the city’s thriving theatre district, world-class shopping, lovely public parks, several nationally-acclaimed colleges, tourist attractions, and innumerable bars and restaurants. Downtown Chicago really is urban life at its best.

Check out each of the Downtown neighborhoods. Under each guide you’ll find a neighborhood overview, maps, restaurants reviews, nightlife reviews, sights & attractions, and gyms & spas.

Magnificent Mile
The Loop
River North
River East
South Loop
West Loop

What’s Up in Downtown Chicago

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Check out all of UPchicago’s featured neighborhoods:

Downtown North Side Northwest Side South Side West Side
The Loop Andersonville Avondale Beverly Bucktown
Magnificent Mile Edgewater Ravenswood Hyde Park Humboldt Park
River East Gold Coast North Center Pilsen Logan Square
River North Lakeview Irving Park UIC/Tri-Taylor River West
South Loop Lincoln Park Roscoe Village Ukrainian Village
Streeterville Old Town/Near North Wicker Park
West Loop Uptown