Chicago Downtown Loop Attractions Map:
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The loop is the downtown business area of Chicago named for the elevated trains that surround the downtown area. Michigan Avenue to the east, Chicago River to the West, Congress Parkway on the South, and Wacker Drive on the West.
Many Historic landmark buildings are in the loop neighborhood and include, Carson Pirie Scott, Marshall Fields State Street, Chicago Board of Trade, the Rookery Building, The Reliance Building, Chicago Theater, Civic Opera House Chicago, Buckingham Fountain, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Modern Wing of the Art Institute is the new home for the museum’s collection of 20th, and 21st-century art. The new addition makes the Art Institute the second largest art museum in the United States.
In 2009 the Sears tower, now the Willis tower opened a new attraction, the Ledge. At 1450 feet and 110 stories high, it is the tallest building in the western hemisphere. The Ledge brings an exhilarating new experience to the Skydeck. At 1,353 feet up, a glass boxes extend out four feet from the Skydeck providing never-before-seen views of the city. Over 1 million tourists visit the skydeck each year.
Along the banks of the Chicago River is the Riverwalk, which features walkways and seating areas along the water's edge. The Riverwalk also features attractions such as cafes, boat cruises, water taxis, bike rentals and tours, and crafts made by local artisans. Wabash Plaza is a great venue to enjoy the river. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial that is the centerpiece of the plaza. There a lot of wonderful cafes to eat at along the Riverwalk, as well as many Boat Sightseeing tours that depart from the Riverwalk. Of course like so many attractions in Chicago, it's Free!
Located in the Southwest bridge tower of the Michigan Avenue Bridge is The McCormick Tribune Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, where visitors to the Bridgehouse Museum are treated to a rare look at the interworkings of the bridge that is lifted by two 100 horse powered engines.
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