The Loop, in Chicago’s central business district in the downtown area, is one of the 77 designated community areas, and South Loop is part of The Loop. The northern outline of the South Loop is at Ida B. Wells Drive and the perceived boundaries have crept as far south as 26th Street, though traditionally it ends at W Roosevelt Rd. The Loop’s boundaries include Lake Michigan to the east, the Chicago River to the north and to the west, and West Roosevelt Road to the south.
South Loop real estate is home to a vibrant blend of local attractions and historical events perceived in many different ways among locals and visitors alike. For instance, historically, the South Loop was the location of vice districts, including burlesque theaters, bars, arcades, and brothels.
Within South Loop is Northerly Island, a large peninsula jutting into Lake Michigan. Most of the green space is reserved for nature. The island features play areas, scenic strolling paths, some of Chicago’s best fishing, and spectacular city views. On Saturdays and Sundays in winter thru early spring, the Northerly Island fieldhouse is open and the staff can provide insights about the discovery tour as well as answer questions about the island. Northerly Island is also home to the Huntington Bank Pavilion, which has had recent state-of-the-art upgrades in sound, lights, and seating. The flexible capacity is for as many as 30,000 patrons without disturbing Chicago’s lakefront views.
On the east side of South Loop is the Museum Campus, situated on beautiful lakefront parklands, which are part of 319-acre Grant Park. Locals refer to Grand Park as the city’s front yard. It’s the location of Lollapalooza, the Chicago Blues Festival, Taste of Chicago, and other major events the city hosts.
Another interesting facet of the South Loop is the “Millionaire’s Row” along S Michigan Ave. Mansions were the houses for sale in South Loop when it was built. The manors lined Millionaire’s Row with the city’s wealthiest elite as the 19th century was drawing to a close.
Also within the region of South Loop is the South Loop Printing House District or Printers Row, a historic downtown area. Dearborn Station, a gorgeous Romanesque Revival structure, is also in the region. The oldest train station still in existence in Chicago, Dearborn Station is now used as office and retail space.
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