As Chicago's hub for finance, transportation, government, retail, tourism and culture, the Loop is the city center and the point from which all other destinations in Chicago are measured. The city's most recognizable landmark (the Sears Tower) is located in this section of town, as is the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Board of Trade. Despite its density and towering skyscrapers, Loop residents have plenty of open air and outdoor space at Millennium Park. Occupying a nearly 25-acre plot of land, the park is a great spot to stroll through gardens, have a picnic on the grass, see live concerts and enjoy a breathtaking view of the city skyline. Heading back into the midst of high-rises and busy avenues, the Loop boasts the best theater district and the second best shopping scene (it's hard to beat the Magnificent Mile) in Chicago. The dining options are nothing to scoff at either with coffee shops and delis on almost every corner and an impressive roster of acclaimed restaurants to its name. The Loop is where the energy of downtown excitement merges with the spirit of urban living. Not just a commuter spot for Chicago workers anymore, the Loop is a bona fide residential neighborhood with thousands of condos and lofts mixed in among the office buildings and hotels.
Then and Now
While the Loop's name would appear to originate from the circular circuit of the elevated train (what we refer to as simply the 'El') through downtown, the title actually stems from a previous public transportation system that no longer exists. Several years before the 'El' made its debut, a streetcar network serviced Chicago. The streetcar followed a track that looped around the busy business district, leading to the subsequent nickname of the area as 'The Loop.'
Life in the Loop in the late 18th and early 19th centuries emphasized the importance of transportation. As a key railway hub for the nation, Chicago was connected to the outside world via a winding mess of tracks. The railroads ran straight to downtown. However, travel about the city was mainly by streetcar, horse and buggy, bicycle, pushcart and a lot of shoe leather. In 1892, the elevated 'El' rail opened to the public and cost just a nickel for a ride. Today, a ride is $2.25, and the 'El' trains combine with the subway system to take riders around the Loop and out to areas as far north as the suburb of Evanston, as far south as 95th Street and to both Midway and O'Hare international airports.
After the Great Fire of 1871, the citizens of Chicago wasted no time rebuilding their city. By the mid 1870s, evidence of the tragedy was a mere memory and the Loop was a thriving metropolitan mainstay again. In 1885, the city's first skyscraper was constructed on the northeast corner of Adams and LaSalle streets by architect William Le Baron Jenney. By today's standards the nine-story building would be considered a dwarf, but at the time, its load-bearing structure was a revolutionary accomplishment that would forever change the Chicago skyline.
At the turn of the 19th century, the Loop was a growing architectural center with the largest concentration of skyscrapers in the world. Jenney's design led to additional advancements in the structural security of high-rises allowing architects to build up-way up. In 1900, the Masonic Temple (razed in 1932) became the world's tallest building towering 302 feet with over 20 stories. It was designed by the famed duo of John W. Root and Daniel H. Burham, part of a generation of forward thinking architects responsible for putting Chicago on the world's architectural map. While many of the skyscrapers built in this era were eventually demolished, the work of Martin Roche, Earnest Graham, William Holabird, Dwight Perkins and Louis H. Sullivan are still prevalent in much of the architecture found in the Loop and throughout Chicago to this day.
Located on the eastside of the Loop, between Michigan Avenue, Columbus Drive, and Randolph and Monroe streets is the city's newest must-see attraction-the fast-famous Millennium Park. The first thing to catch your eye at Millennium Park (201 E Randolph St, 312-742-1168) will probably be the enormous oval-shaped structure (titled 'Cloud Gate' but affectionately called 'the Bean'), surrounded by thoroughly amused spectators examining the distorted reflections of themselves and the city skyline in its shiny, stainless steel surface; or it could be the towering, rectangular-shape interactive twin waterfalls that display video images of Chicago residents' faces that unsuspectingly spray water out of their mouths over anyone who comes near; or maybe it'll be the futuristic state-of-the-art outdoor amphitheater designed by Frank Gehry that offers free public concerts and indoor-quality acoustics. No matter what draws you in, you're going to enjoy having Millennium Park as your playground.
This 24.5-acre downtown Chicago park is open all year providing an intriguing, one-of-a-kind experience for kids and adults alike that combines ultramodern innovations with age-old fun. During the summer, it buzzes with open-air art exhibits, free music concerts, elaborate gardens and patio dining; during winter an ice rink is set up in the plaza, and the Bean and other art and architecture here are still a reason to visit this great Loop park even in the cold.
Art and Architecture
While many of the Loop's precedent-setting structures have been replaced, the neighborhood is still home to some of Chicago's most renowned skyscrapers-one in particular: The Willis Tower, but commonly referred to as the Sears Tower, (233 S Wacker Dr). As the city's tallest structure, the 1,450-foot building is an iconic symbol of Chicago. Designed by Bruce Graham for Sears Roebuck and Company, the Tower was completed in 1973 and held the title as world's tallest building for 25 years until the Petronas Towers went up in Kuala Lampur in the late 1990s. If you add the height of the antennas, which are equipped with different colored lights to coincide with holiday themes, the Sears Tower reaches 1,725 feet in the air. The base alone takes up two entire city blocks between Franklin and Adams streets, Wacker Drive and Jackson Boulevard. We've strained our necks plenty of times trying to see the top of the 110-story office building from street level. But the real view is from the top looking down. From the Sears' Skydeck you can see all the way across the lake to Michigan and up to Wisconsin on a clear day-so you can imagine the stunning view of the city itself from up there.
Another standout in the Loop is the Chicago Board of Trade (141 W Jackson Blvd, 312-435-3590). The North Building was constructed in 1930 by famous Chicago architects Holabird and Root. The twosome went with a distinctly Art-Deco style that incorporates sheer geometric design, cubic forms and strong vertical emphasis. A large statue of Ceres (the Roman goddess of agriculture) rests atop the main section of the building symbolizing one of the major trading categories. A second, 22-story South Building was added in the early 1980s, and a final addition was constructed in 1997 to serve solely as a trading facility. A free viewing gallery invites you to sit and watch the hectic chaos of hand signals and ticket-waving on the crowded trading floors below.
Now used by Roosevelt University, the Auditorium Building (50 E Congress Pkwy) has served many different purposes since its completion in 1890. With 17 floors, the Auditorium is considered the city's oldest high-rise. Designed by prominent Chicago architects Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, the Auditorium was initially built as the city's opera house (it has some of the best acoustics of any theater around) with an adjoining hotel and office space. In fact, Sullivan moved his own office into the building. As part of Sullivan's staff at the time, Frank Lloyd Wright helped with the interior decoration of the Auditorium. After the opera moved to a new location in the 1920s, the Auditorium's theater was closed for many years until it was restored and reopened under the university's ownership. Now the theater bills Broadway hits like Les Miserables and the Phantom of the Opera.
One of Chicago's most visited sites, the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S Michigan Ave, 312-443-3600) is a sprawling complex filled with some of the world's finest artwork. There's more here than you can possibly see in one day: American, European, African, ancient and modern exhibits-to name a few. When we're short on time, we make a beeline for favorites like A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, the wall-sized pixilated painting by Georges Seurat. From a distance, the park scene of a lovely afternoon in Victorian times is clear, but take a step closer and you'll see the image dissipate into thousands of tiny colored dots. Besides being an amazing work of art, it was immortalized in the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off when three teenagers skip school to spend a day in downtown Chicago. Other revered works include Pablo Picasso's The Old Guitarist from his blue series and Edward Hopper's iconic late-night portrayal of a 1940s New York City diner in Nighthawks.
Not just an enormous gallery, the Art Institute wants you to learn a little, too. Audio and self-guided tours are available, as well as free educational programs for art students of all ages. With over 4,500 pieces on display, the only way to experience all the Art Institute has to offer is to visit-and often. We stop by on Thursday evenings when admission is free from 5 pm to 8 pm.
But we don't even have to go to a museum to see artistic masterpieces -a walk through the Loop nieghborhood will lead you past several outdoor sculptures and statues created by some of the world's greatest artists. Unveiled at the Richard J. Daley Center (55 W Randolph St, 312-603-3054) in 1967, Pablo Picasso's 162-ton gift to the city is a gigantic steel sculpture whose likeness is still debated. Art scholars believe it may be a representation of Picasso's wife-or his pet Afghan. Further south, another larger-than-life form occupies the grounds of the Federal Center Plaza (219 S Dearborn St). Designed by Alexander Calder and erected in 1974, the Flamingo is a loose interpretation of the long-legged tropical bird. Standing 53 feet tall, the sweeping red arches are hard to miss.
Loop Real Estate
Historically, the Loop real estate has been a commercial and cultural center bringing people into the area for work and recreation. But a recent shift has incorporated the residential side-bringing many folks to this Chicago neighborhood to stay. And there's good reason for it.
Being in the thick of downtown Chicago, condominiums (many brand new), studio apartments and lofts make up the majority of the Loop real estate choices here. These residential skyscrapers commonly provide amenities such as exercise facilities, storage and convenience services like laundry. Because you'll share the neighborhood with a legion of workers who commute in everyday, having your own parking space is a hot commodity that will up the living expenses a pretty penny. Check out our Loop home sales statistics to get an idea of the real estate market trends in this neighborhood.
What's on the Menu?
The Loop has a good variety of first-rate restaurants, carryout delis and ethnic eateries catering to the lunchtime and after work clientele who spend their days in the Loop.
What would the iconic downtown be without the iconic Chicago hot dog? Head to U.B. Dogs (185 N Franklin St, 312-251-7009) for the favorite Loop hot dog spot of residents and tourists alike. If you're feeling adventurous, try the saucy chili dog. And don't forget a side order of fresh cut fries.
For those who don't eat meat, Chicago Raw (131 N Clinton Ave, 312-831-2729) offers plenty of Vegan, Vegetarian, and raw food options. Customer favorites include the collard burrito and the sweet potato chips. Don't worry if you don't know what to get, this Loop restaurant offers samples for you to try before committing.
As expected, numerous fancy places are scattered around the neighborhood. For a romantic night, head to Henri (18 S Michigan Ave, 312-578-0763). You can choose from delicious dishes like parpadelle with lobster and steak tartare with quail egg. Save room for amazing deserts like peach trifle.
If you don't want to settle for one restaurant, opt out for the Chicago Pizza Tour (888-210-3237) where you can bring your friends and family and explore a plethora of local Loop pizzerias. Hop on a bus and travel to different neighborhoods to see what they have to offer. Purchase your ticket in advance because tours sell out often!
Best Shopping Stops
When you've done the Magnificent Mile-or are just tired out from dodging people and shopping bags-State Street is a great alternative. Still one of the city's busy retail districts, the shops along State Street are less congested than their branches on Michigan Avenue.
Stopping by the Loop's H&M (22 N State St, 312-263-3614) and Forever 21 (34 S State St, 312-977-2121), we can avoid the long lines (for the fitting room and checkout) found at their Gold Coast locations. Once you've experienced the laid-back scene where the sizes haven't been picked over and the clerks actually have time to help you, you'll wonder how you ever tolerated the madness of the hectic Michigan Avenue stores.
Consider yourself a bargain shopper? Then you're going to love the options here: Nordstrom Rack (101 E Chicago Ave, 312-254-3660), TJ Maxx (11 N State St, 312-553-0515) and Old Navy (150 N State St, 312-578-8077) are all in close proximity.
Marshall Field's & Co. was the pride of Chicago department stores for years until its recent takeover by Macy's (111 N State St, 312-781-1000). Field's established its lavish multi-level flagship store on State Street in the early 1900s. At the time of its opening, it was considered the largest department store in the world. While the name may be different, the building is still here and the dazzling Tiffany glass ceiling is still viewed by millions of Loop shoppers every year. During the holiday shopping season, the store has a huge Christmas tree inside-eating around it in the Walnut Room is a longtime tradition. Another holiday tradition is the themed first floor window displays. Incorporating animated figures and action scenes, the windows draw crowds several people deep on the weekends. They're worth a look, but once you have, you might want to walk on the other side of street.
Night on the Town
Once the evening rolls 'round, the Loop transforms into a hot spot for bar-hopping and nightclubbing. Many restaurants turn into lounges and dance clubs are always packed on Saturday nights.
For some contemporary jazz and blues, head to Close Up 2 (416 S Clark St, 312-385-1111). Visitors rave about the music, which is a lot to say since Chicago is the capital of blues music. This Loop club is small, so it's perfect for those intimate nights out.
If you prefer things a bit more casual, check out Miller's Pub (134 S Wabash Ave, 312-263-4988) where you can get some delicious bar food and beer from a large selection. But beware - this Loop bar is so popular that it's usually packed.
To dance the night away, visit Brandos (343 S Dearborn St, 773-216-3213). With amazing drink specials throughout the week, you'll have no problem loosening up. If you get real daring, try a round of karaoke.
On a warm summer night, don't miss the posh and beautiful Roof (201 N State St, 312-239-9501) atop the Wit hotel. Yes, you'll probably run into tourists but who can beat the city skyline view from the 27th floor of this Loop hotspot?
The Loop has an impressive theater district boasting six major playhouses, a couple of movie theaters and various music venues.
The Ford Center for Performing Arts (24 W Randolph St, 312-977-1700) originally opened in 1926 as the Oriental Theater. Decorated in an ornate Far East motif throughout, the auditorium holds 2,200 guests per show. After years of deterioration, the theater got a new life and a new name in the late 1990s when it underwent major renovations.
The Civic Opera House (20 N Upper Wacker Dr, 312-419-0033) was also built in the 1920s and has since been updated to a state-of-the-art setting for world-famous Broadway shows, musical groups and artists. Designed in a combination of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, the Opera House is considered one the most beautiful in the world. The 3,563-seat auditorium and backstage occupy roughly a third of the 45-story limestone Civic Opera Building that has two additional 22-story wings on either side. The Civic Opera House was built to replace Chicago's original theater meant for opera, the Auditorium Theatre (50 E Congress Pkwy, 312-341-2310), which was designed by Louis Sullivan in 1889. After the opera left its stage, the Auditorium fell into disrepair until its restoration in the 1960s. Now owned by Roosevelt University, visitors can see a variety of concerts, dance, plays and musicals at this legendary Chicago treasure.
Brilliant lights and a vertical marquee with the letters 'C-H-I-C-A-G-O' welcome guests to the grand 3,600-seat Chicago Theatre (175 N State St, 312-462-6300). The auditorium is seven stories tall with three levels of seating. The lofty archways and pillars of the interior lobby were inspired by the Royal Chapel at Versailles, and the lavishness is enhanced by exterior French Baroque influences and a miniature Arc de Triomphe above the front entranceway. Once a movie palace, the Chicago Theatre is now a venue mostly for great Loop live music.
The Goodman Theatre (170 N Dearborn St, 312-443-3800) also has a location here in the Loop, and we've also seen exquisite productions at the equally stunningly restored Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W Randolph St, 312-384-1502) and Bank of America Theater (18 W Monroe St, 312-977-1710).
While we're all for taking advantage of the Loop's remarkable live performance options, there are nights when a movie and popcorn sound just as good. The Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N State St, 312-846-2600) is our pick for its local connection to the late great 'Sneak Previews' film critic. It might not run your traditional Hollywood blockbusters, but the selection of international, independent and classic films sets this Loop cinema apart from the rest.
Mark Your Calendar
When you see a major street closed off in this Chicago neighborhood, chances are it's not for repairs-just listen for the sounds of a marching band and cheering spectators to know you're about to witness a full-blown Chicago parade.
As part of the city's main parade route, Columbus Drive (between Balboa and Monroe) is famous for its long-standing parades celebrating the rich heritage and diversity of Chicago citizens. The Polish Constitution Day Parade comes through on the first Saturday in May, observing Poland's May 3rd constitution of 1791. Mexican Independence Day is celebrated in early September with three separate parades, one of which is along Columbus Drive; there's also a Puerto Rican Parade in mid-June and the Columbus Day Parade in mid-October.
But the biggest cultural parade around is our St. Patrick's Day Parade. While Chicago is a city of many ethnic backgrounds, its Irish ancestry is a force to be reckoned with and the parade along Columbus Drive does it proud. It always follows the annual dyeing of the Chicago River.
While some locals would argue that the Chicago River is always kind of green (in a murky sort of way), it's not until St. Patty's Day that the river becomes a bright 'emerald' hue-Kelly green to be exact. You have to watch it happen, too, because the stuff that's tossed into the water is actually orange. We try to get a spot on the Michigan Avenue or Columbus Drive bridges for the best view. Of course, not only the river goes green this time of year-it's a holiday that stirs up a festive spirit in everyone, Irish blood or not. Just dig through your closet for anything green, draw a shamrock on your cheek and head down to the parade.
Another big Loop festivity in May is the Memorial Day Parade held on the Saturday before the holiday on State Street between Randolph and Van Buren streets. It claims to be the largest in the country and follows a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza.
Area high schools and veteran's groups come out in droves to be a part of this monumental event commemorating our country's soldiers. The annual Thanksgiving Day Parade also runs through the Loop along the State Street route. November in Chicago can be on the chilly side, but that doesn't seem to stop anyone from venturing out to see this granddaddy of parades.
Held on the morning of Thanksgiving Thursday, the parade brings out more than 400,000 street-side viewers and thousands more peering out windows and balconies of the nearby buildings. A proud procession of marching bands, equestrian units, magnificent floats and, our favorite, the giant helium balloon characters make their way down State Street.
The day after Thanksgiving, the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place in Daley Plaza (55 W Randolph St) where an enormous tree (made up smaller fir trees) is illuminated with thousands of lights-like the 'go' signal to kick off the holiday shopping season.
For seven weeks out of the sultry days of summer (mid-July through the end of August), we gladly march out into the heat, unfold a couple lawn chairs-carefully checking for doggie landmines first-and settle in for the after-dark showing of a classic film. No matter what they're showing, Movies in the Park (Grant Park at 337 E Randolph St, 312-742-3918) has an amazing turnout, so make sure to get to Butler Field (east of the Art Institute) early to score a prime spot in front of the 50-foot by 30-foot screen.
The Chicago Loop neighborhood has many more parades, celebrations and events year round, so make sure to check out the extended list below.
As the nucleus of the city's public transit network, the Loop is what Chicago transportation is all about. All seven of the CTA color-coded elevated trains and subway lines converge here-looping around the downtown vicinity and branching out across the city and into the suburbs. Of course, that means the morning and evening rush hours can lead to serious congestion where lines three or four rows thick of waiting travelers crowd the platforms. It's those times we wish patience was one of our virtues (we're learning, though).
A number of bus routes also pass through the Loop, stopping in front of common tourist destinations and heavily traveled sites, as well as major business hubs. On the odd days that we remember to wear comfortable shoes, we hit the sidewalks with the multitude of pedestrians who choose walking as their preferred form of transit-it's a fun way to enjoy the Loop sights and to get where you're going.
Although the Loop offers the city's most convenient public transportation options, sometimes life calls for a cab-and around here, they're everywhere. Just raise your arm and one will stop. If you are driving, the I-90/94 and I-290 interchange is at the southwest corner of the Loop. Once again, commuter traffic can jam up these highways, so remember: patience. As you might imagine, most of the parking in this Chicago neighborhood is at lots and structures that charge hefty hourly or daily fees. Car owners here find it beneficial to also own a garage space, generally available in their residential building.
The city's rail systems operate out of Union Station (444 W Jackson Blvd, 312- 627-0444) and the Ogilvie Transportation Center (500 W Madison St), located in the Loop just west of the Chicago River. The stations are busy with both passenger and commuter trains, servicing cross-country Amtrak railways and intercity Metra lines.
School's in Session
Given its central location, the Loop houses many major universities.
Roosevelt University (430 S Michigan Ave, 312-341-2004) is right on Michigan Avenue, occupying the entire block between Van Buren Street and Congress Parkway. Founded in 1945 as Thomas Jefferson College, the school was renamed in honor of the democratic principles and values put forth by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Using voting power and representative positions on the school's Board of Trustees, students, faculty and alumni act as one, earning Roosevelt's status as a prominent, non-traditional educational institution. The university offers flexible schedules and weekend classes to accommodate the high percentage of students who work full- or part-time while completing their degrees.
Right next door, the south campus of DePaul University (1 E Jackson Blvd, 312-362-8000) is situated between Michigan Avenue and State Street, housing the School for New Learning, the School for Computing and Digital Media, the Law school, and DePaul's English Language Academy for international students. Offering a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses, this section of DePaul has seven buildings in the Loop. Students from both universities and Columbia College (600 S Michigan Ave, 312-663-1600) reside in the University Center of Chicago (525 S State St, 312-924-8000). Equipped with central air, high-speed internet, satellite TV, and laundry, this 18-floor residence hall has all the amenities of dorm life with the added bonus of being right in the middle of downtown Chicago.
In addition to the following list of Loop schools , you can find more information on Chicago area schools at our Chicago Guide Schools page.
- Argosy University, 225 N Michigan Ave - (888) 607-2392
- City Colleges of Chicago, 226 W Jackson Blvd - (312) 553-2500
- Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 325 N Wells St - (312) 329-6600
- Columbia College, 600 S Michigan Ave - (312) 663-1600
- DePaul University, 1 E Jackson Blvd - (312) 362-8000
- DeVry University, 225 W Washington St - (866) 217-2250
- Goethe-Institute Chicago, 150 N Michigan Ave - (312) 263-0472
- Harold Washington College, 30 E Lake St - (312) 553-5600
- Harrington College of Design, 200 W Madison St - (866) 590-4423
- John Marshall Law, 315 S Plymouth Ct
- Keller Graduate School of Management, 225 W Washington St - (866) 218-8410
- MacCormac College, 29 E Madison St - (312) 922-1884
- Northwestern University, 105 W Adams St - (312) 503-4100
- Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl - (773) 477-1900
- Robert Morris College, 401 S State St - (312) 935-6800
- Roosevelt University, 430 S Michigan Ave - (312) 341-2004
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 37 S Wabash Ave - (312) 899-5100
- Westwood College of Technology, 1 N State St - (312) 739-0890
We've compiled a list of where to find the bare necessities and handy resources in the Loop neighborhood, from bread and butter to Band-Aids and books.
- Pritzker Military Library, 104 S Michigan Ave - (312) 374-9333
- Harold Washington Library, 400 S State St - (312) 747-4300
- Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, 111 S Michigan Ave - (312) 443-3671
- Cook County Law Library, 50 W Washington St - (312) 603-5423
- Chicago Transit Authority - (888) 968-7282
- Ogilvie Transportation Center, 500 W Madison St - (312) 322-6777
- Union Station, 500 W Jackson Blvd - (800) 872-7245
- 200 E Randolph St #109 - (312) 263-2686
- 211 S Clark St - (312) 427-0016
- Sears Tower, 233 S Wacker Dr - (312) 876-1024
- CVS Pharmacy, 120 S LaSalle St - (312) 750-0884
- CVS Pharmacy, 520 S State St - (312) 697-0021
- CVS Pharmacy, 208 W Washington St - (312) 201-5920
- CVS Pharmacy, 105 S Wabash Ave - (312) 244-1520
- Walgreens, 191 N Clark St - (312) 634-0152
- Walgreens, 201 W Madison St - (312) 214-4385
- Walgreens, 16 W Adams St - (312) 233-0197
- Walgreens, 250 S Wacker Dr - (312) 876-1363
- Walgreens, 79 W Monroe St - (312) 346-5727
- Walgreens, 200 W Adams St - (312) 372-0311
- Mariano's Fresh Market, 333 E Benton Pl - (312) 228-1349
- Bockwinkel's, 222 N Columbus Dr - (312) 228-9920
- South Loop Market, 235 W Van Buren St - (312) 583-1890
- Kramer's Health Foods, 230 S Wabash Ave - (312) 922-0077
- Trader Joe's, 1147 S Wabash Ave - (312) 588-0489
- Dominick's, 255 E Grand Ave - (312) 279-1305
- Chicago's Women's Fitness, 30 E Adams St - (312) 371-0776
- Equinox, 200 W Monroe St - (312) 252-3100
- Women's Workout and Wellness, 230 W Monroe St - (312) 357-0001
- Franklin Street Boxing Club, 162 N Franklin St - (312) 422-0755
- Fitness Formula Clubs, 111 S Wacker Dr - (312) 444-6060
- Lifestart Werllness Network, 1 N Franklin St - (312) 251-4200
- LA Fitness, 55 E Randolph St - (312) 281-0113
- XSport Fitness, 819 S St - (312) 294-0500
- The Buckingham Athletic Club, 440 S LaSalle St - (312) 663-8910
- Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 220 S Michigan Ave - (312) 294-3000
- Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St - (312) 744-6630
- Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N Wacker Dr - (312) 332-2244
- Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E Randolph Dr - (312) 334-7777
- The Joffrey Ballet, 10 E Randolph St - (312) 739-0120
- Chicago Theatre, 175 N State St - (312) 462-6300
- Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn St - (312) 443-3800
- Oriental Theatre, 24 W Randolph St - (312) 977-1700
- Cadillac Palace, 151 W Randolph St - (312) 977-1700
- Bank of America Theatre, 18 W Monroe - (312) 977-1700
- Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave - (312) 443-3600
- Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave - (312) 397-4000
- Field House Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr - (312) 922-9410
- Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr - (312) 922-7827
- Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S Lake Shore Dr - (312) 939-2438
- CA Jewlers, 9 S Wabash Ave - (312) 419-8829
- Tristinstyling, 150 N Michigan Ave - (312) 545-5529
- Balani Custom Clothiers, 10 S LaSalle St - (312) 263-9003
- Merz, 17 E Monroe St - (312) 781-6900
- A New Leaf, 312 S Dearborn St - (312) 427-9097
- Jugrnaut, 427 S Dearborn St - (312) 435-4635
- The Body Shop, 3 N State St - (312) 553-4503
- Block 37, 108 N State St - (312) 261-4738
- Florodora, 330 S Dearborn St - (312) 212-8860
- Ann Taylor Loft, 51 E Randolph St - (312) 269-0301
- Nordstrom Rack, 24 N State St - (312) 377-5500
- Forever 21, 34 S State St - (312) 977-2121
- Macy's, 111 N State St - (312) 781-1000
- Blackhawks Store, 333 N Michigan Ave - (312) 464-2957
- Dress Barn, 100 W Randolph St - (312) 541-9017
- Old Navy, 150 N State St - (312) 578-8077
- Ulta Cosmetics, 114 S State St - (312) 279-5081
- Burlington Coat Factory, 1 N State St - (312) 629-1815
- Central Camera Co, 230 S Wabash Ave - (312) 427-5580
- Target, 1 S State St - (312) 279-2133
- Lush Cosmetics, 111 N State St - (312) 795-0863
- Nine West, 35 W Washington St - (312) 984-0151
- DSW Shoe Warehouse, 35 S State St - (312) 629-5386
- Florodora Shoes, 348 S Dearborn St - (312) 212-8860
- Nordstrom, 55 E Grand Ave - (312) 464-1515
- Teranz Boutique, 17 N Wabash St - (312) 345-0881
- Atrium Mall, 100 W Randolph St - (312) 346-0777
- Anthropologie, 108 N State St - (312) 899-0969
- Sears, 2 N State St - (312) 373-6000
- Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N Michigan Ave - (312) 799-5211
- 900 North Michigan Shops, 900 N Michigan Ave - (312) 915-3916
- The Shops at North Bridge, 520 N Michigan Ave - (312) 327-2300
- Bloomingdale's, 600 N Wabash Ave - (312) 324-7500
- Pier 1 Imports, 1350 W Wells St - (312) 787-4320
- Crate and Barrel, 646 N Michigan Ave - (312) 787-5900
- Neiman Marcus, 737 N Michigan Ave - (312) 642-5900
- Barney's New York, 15 E Oak St - (312) 587-1700
- Ghirardelli Chocolate Co, 830 N Michigan Ave - (312) 337-9330
- Marshalls, 600 N Michigan Ave - (312) 2880-7506
- U.B. Dogs, 185 N Franklin St - (312) 251-7009
- Henri, 18 S Michigan Ave - (312) 578-0763
- Chicken Planet, 190 W Van Buren St - (312) 360-1409
- Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe, 130 E Randolph St - (312) 938-9777
- Freshii, 17 E Monroe St - (312) 419-1777
- The Gage, 24 S Michigan Ave - (312) 372-4243
- Protein Bar, 235 S Franklin St - (312) 346-7300
- Ceres Cafe, 141 W Jackson Blvd - (312) 427-3443
- Morton's The Steakhouse, 65 E Wacker Pl - (312) 201-0410
- Pittsfield Cafe, 55 E Washington St - (312) 641-1806
- Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi, 151 E Wacker Dr - (312) 239-4491
- Tavern at the Park, 130 E Randolph St - (312) 552-0070
- Seven Bar & Restaurant, 400 E Randolph St - (312) 856-9526
- Backstage Bistro, 180 N Wabash Ave - (312) 475-6920
- Saucy Porka, 400 S financial Pl - (312) 662-1351
- Green Apple, 201 N Clark St - (312) 456-9995
- Ara On, 160 W Adams St - (312) 781-7300
- Flat Top Grill, 30 S Wabash Ave - (312) 726-8400
- Wow Bao, 175 W Jackson Blvd - (312) 334-6395
- Hot Woks Cool Sushi, 312 W Adams St - (312) 220-0011
- Market Creations, 130 E Randolph St - (312) 540-0085
- Siam Rice, 117 W Wells St - (312) 606-9999
- Caffe Rom, 400 E South Water - (312) 379-0291
- Cafecito, 26 E Congress Pkwy - (312) 922-2233
- Intelligentsia Coffee, 53 E Randolph St - (312) 920-9332
- Intelligentsia Coffee, 53 W Jackson Blvd - (312) 253-0594
- Caribou Coffee, 200 N LaSalle St - (312) 223-1606
- Caribou Coffee, 20 N Michigan Ave - (312) 456-0751
- Argo Tea, 1 N Dearborn St - (312) 212-8032
- Argo Tea, 16 W Randolph St - (312) 324-3899
- Starbucks, 200 W Madison St - (312) 726-6620
- Starbucks, 17 E Monroe St - (312) 332-0248
- Starbucks, 111 W Washington St - (312) 372-1331
- Cafe Descartes, 111 E Wacker Dr - (312) 565-2557
- Ge Pa De Caffe, 60 E Adams St
- Lavazza Cafe, 111 W Jackson Blvd - (312) 447-0000
- Dunkin' Donuts, 229 W Jackson Blvd - (312) 987-1953
- Black Coffee Gallery, 333 E Benton Pl - (312) 240-5000
- Pastoral, 53 E Lake St - (312) 658-1250
- Jason's Deli, 195 N Dearborn St - (312) 750-1318
- NYC Bagel Deli, 300 S Wacker Dr - (312) 922-7500
- Jimmy John's 6 E Madison St - (312) 368-4444
- Specialty's Cafe & Bakery, 191 N Wacker Dr - (877) 502-2837
- Halsted Street Deli, 400 S LaSalle St - (312) 447-0412
- Brian's Juice Bar & Deli, 80 E Lake St - (312) 332-3435
- Perry's, 180 N Franklin St - (312) 372-7557
- Sertano's Deli, 200 N La Salle St - (312) 726-3511
- Ebby's Deli, 162 N Franklin St - (312) 345-7771
- Hannah's Bretzel, 180 W Washington St - (312) 621-1111
- Panera Bread, 501 S State St - (312) 922-1566
- Cosi, 230 W Washington St - (312) 422-1002
- Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 190 N State St - (312) 683-1234
- La Cocina, 178 N Franklin St - (312) 781-1982
- Max's Take Out, 20 E Adams St - (312) 553-0170
- Frontera Fresco, 111 N State St - (312) 781-4483
- Popeyes Chicken, 17 S Wabash Ave - (312) 372-8855
- Dairy Queen, 436 S Wabash Ave - (312) 753-5456
- The L Cafe, 424 SWabash Ave - (312) 880-0818
- Altoni Cafe, 401 S LaSalle St - (312) 786-4668
- Chick-Fil-A, 177 N State St - (312) 419-1522
- Everest, 440 S LaSalle St - (312) 663-8920
- Trattoria, 10 N Dearborn - (312) 984-1718
- La Rosetta, 70 W Madison - (312) 332-9500
- Boni Vino Restaurant, 111 W Van Buren St - (312) 427-0231
- The Italian Village, 71 W Monroe St - (312) 332-7005
- Venice Cafe, 233 S Wacker Dr - (312) 382-0300
- Pazzo's Cucina Italiana, 101 N Wacker Dr - (312) 201-1100
- Luke's Italian Beef, 215 W Jackson Blvd - (312) 939-4204
- Pazzo's, 23 E Jackson Blvd - (312) 386-9400
- La Cocina, 178 N Franklin St - (312) 781-1982
- Frontera Fresco, 111 N State St - (312) 781-4483
- Chipotle Mexican Grill, 233 W Lake St - (312) 263-6230
- Burrito Beach, 19 S LaSale St - (312) 578-9340
- La Bamba, 122 W Madison St - (312) 338-0080
- Mallers Restaurant, 5 S Wabash Ave - (312) 251-6000
- Mezcalina, 333 E Benton Pl - (312) 240-5000
- Taco Fresco, 29 N Wacker Dr - (312) 920-0077
- Roti Mediterranean Grill, 33 N Dearborn St - (312) 263-9000
- Roti Mediterranean Grill, 310 W Adams St - (312) 236-3500
- Olive Mediterranean Grill, 201 N Clark St - (312) 726-1234
- Taza Cafe, 176 N Franklin St - (312) 201-9885
- Oasis Cafe, 21 N Wabash Ave - (312) 443-9534
- Avanti Caffe, 200 W Jackson Blvd - (312) 957-1301
- Reggie's Pizza Express, 411 S Wells St - (312) 939-4423
- Tesori, 65 E Adams St - (312) 786-9911
- Bacino's Stuffed Pizza, 75 E Wacker Dr - (312) 263-0070
- Exchequer, 226 S Wabash Ave - (312) 939-5633
- Pizano's Pizza, 61 E Madison St - (312) 236-1777
- Giordano's Pizzeria, 130 E Randolph St - (312) 616-1200
- Coco's Famous Deep Fried Lobster, 426 S Clark St - (312) 786-2070
- Micky's Chicken & Fish, 408 S Clark St - (312) 566-0406
- III Forks Prime Steakhouse, 180 N Field Blvd - (312) 938-4303
- Catch 35, 35 w Wacker Dr - (312) 346-3500
- Palm Restaurant, 323 E Wacker Dr - (312) 616-1000
- McCormick & Schmick's, 1 E Wacker Dr - (312) 923-7226
- Lloyd's, 1 S Wacker Dr - (312) 407-6900
- Morton's The Steakhouse, 65 E Wacker Pl - (312) 201-0410
- Rosebud Prime, 1 S Dearborn St - (312) 384-1900
- III Forks Prime Steakhouse, 180 N Field Blvd - (312) 938-4303
- Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi, 151 E Wacker Dr - (312) 239-4491
- Palm Restaurant, 323 E Wacker Dr - (312) 616-1000
- ROOF on the Wit, 201 N state St - (312) 239-9502
- Billy Goat Tavern, 330 S Weels St #1 - (312) 554-0297
- Hard Rock Hotel, 230 N Michigan Ave - (312) 345-1000
- Miller's Pub, 134 S Wabash Ave - (312) 263-4988
- Tilted Kilt, 17 N Wabash Ave - (312) 269-5580
- Monk's Pub, 205 W Lake St - (312) 6665
- 312 Chicago, 136 N LaSalle St - (312) 696-2420
- Buddy Guy's Legends, 700 S Wabash Ave - (312) 427-1190
- Sky-Ride Tap, 105 W Van Buren St - (312) 939-3340
- Bar Novo, 1 W Wacker Dr - (312) 372-7200
- Brandos, 343 S Dearborn St - (773) 216-3213
- Sidebar Grille, 221 N LaSalle St - (312) 739-3900
- The Bar Below, 127 S State St - (312) 372-2987
- BIG Bar, 151 W Wacker Dr - (312) 565-1234
- Rittergut Wine Bar, 10 S Wacker Dr - (312) 559-1832
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