Vibrant and Bustling Center of Commerce, Culture and Entertainment
In the early 1800s, the area was settled by fur traders, farmers, and merchants. After the devastating Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the Loop was rebuilt with more durable materials, such as steel and stone. Throughout the 20th century, the Loop became the economic heart of Chicago, with the headquarters of many major corporations and financial institutions located within its borders. The Loop’s official boundaries are the Chicago River to the north and west, Lake Michigan to the east, and Roosevelt Road to the south.
The loop is the 2nd largest commercial business district in the United States, after Midtown Manhattan in New York City. Many of the city’s iconic buildings can be found here, including the Willis Tower, the John Hancock Center, the Chicago Board of Trade Building and the Wrigley Building. The Chicago Theatre known for its marquee sign and extravagant interior design opened in 1921. The loop is also home to the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Cultural Center.
Living in the loop means you’ll be close to everything, the top restaurants (fine dining to casual cafes), the vibrant nightlife, the high-end boutiques and department stores. Also, transportation is a breeze, with several train and bus lines running through the loop, making it easy to get around without a car.