Downtown / The Loop Attractions

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  • Carl S
    Garland, TX2,093 contributions
    An amazing museum with a world class collection with many easy recognizable pieces including American Gothic and Nighthawks.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • Kelly D
    Tampa, FL110 contributions
    This is a really neat piece of art. I enjoy people watching here. It’s fun. The park is lovely as well. Bring a snack or lunch and watch people take pictures.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • NewJerseyDaniel
    NYC Metro Area, NJ16 contributions
    Definitely worth the Cloud Gate alone. The amphitheater is cool but quick visit, it's great for a nice stroll around
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • jlormeau
    Westfield Center, OH176 contributions
    What a fun way to spend a lovely summer evening. Put aside a couple hours take a stroll along the river. This walk provided an opportunity to people watch, have a bite, sip on a beer, or just watch the world go by. My teen daughter really enjoyed it.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • eve99999
    Washington DC, DC5 contributions
    We joined a free tour leaving from the cultural center and had a blast! Alan, our guide, was exceptional. Super knowledgeable and kind, he showed us around the center and the Loop. We also went inside a few buildings and he spoke about the history, art, and architecture of the city. Would highly recommend. It’s great that it’s free and accessible to all!
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia13,456 contributions
    The Loop refers to two things:
    1. it is the most central part of downtown Chicago encircled by the Chicago river on north and west and Lake Michigan to the east, down to the Field museum on the south.
    2. It is the iconic elevated train system on massive metal structures above the streets circling that area. Consider it ugly or not, it is worldwide unique and seen in so many movies. The only downside is it is not free like in Miami.
    The Loop area boosts with prime city attractions such as the Willis tower, Millennium park with Cloud gate, Art Institute, Buckingham fountain....to name just a few.
    Plan at least a whole day to visit it properly.
    Written 22 May 2022
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  • Me_n_my_rucksack
    Yorkshire, UK6,008 contributions
    We made the effort to walk out here and it was worth the effort. Gorgeous fountain with the cityscape behind it makes a glorious photo opportunity and its nice to get out into the fresh air after the "closeness" of the City. Even on a sunny day in late June hardly anyone about either.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • Addee Murray
    10 contributions
    The line wasn't too long, there was lots of cool things to look at while walking to the elevator. The staff was friendly and this was a very cool experience!
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • Marcia W
    10 contributions
    Chicago is a beautiful city and the skyline is something to see!
    I'm proud of it and hope soon that safety will return so many can feel safe to come visit and vacation here.
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • Lori
    Rosemont, IL5 contributions
    We were at the Chicago Theatre for a comedy show. The Theatre is gorgeous and worth the time to view the ornate decor. Our seats were on the main floor, and due to the acoustics, the sound was perfectly clear.
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • Lynn M
    Houston, TX2,505 contributions
    My husband and I spent two hours here and loved it. If you love to read, you should enjoy this. The museum is on the second floor (take note of the gorgeous elevator doors). It is all on one floor with different theme rooms. I took lots of photos of books, titles and author names I want to read. I focused on those I have not read or heard of versus those that I have read (Bradbury, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, etc.). I focused a lot on women authors and African American authors. I loved the interactive displays. I really loved that they had a lot of real books that you can pick up, open and get a flavor for the book. I wish we had this museum in our hometown as it could fit right in in any city in the U.S.
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • Mark C
    Westfield, IN27 contributions
    We used the climbing wall and it was a great experience. The guides are competent and very helpful. Wonderful experience.
    Written 20 June 2022
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  • apdemas
    Sterling, VA694 contributions
    Really enjoyed the tour of the building, all the little details and stories were fantastic. The tour guide was knowledgeable and did a great job of providing just enough information to be interesting and engaging, but not so much that it was overwhelming. The gift shop was decent too.

    We did a walk-up tour and there was plenty of space.
    Written 5 December 2021
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  • Lynn N
    Concord, MA11 contributions
    I would recommend this museum to all ages. The federal staff of all jobs and responsibilities volunteer for an informational talk in a meeting room. We had a gentleman who was up the corporate ladder who loved to talk. He was delightful and funny.

    The museum is small and the space is used wisely. Go see a million dollars. Or pick up free money (shredded) Get educated.
    Written 10 July 2020
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  • Marilyn M
    Lincoln City, OR174 contributions
    We were there when it was not working but we got the idea from the digitals. Our tour guide was disappointed that we didn't get to see it too.
    Written 17 June 2022
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