The Loop Sightseeing Walk, Chicago

The Loop Sightseeing Walk, Chicago
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In the heart of downtown Chicago is the central business district, known as the Loop. Historic buildings and tall, gleaming skyscrapers dominate the streets and the skyline, and the best way to see it all is on foot. In addition to being the powerbase of Chicago's government, the Loop is also known as an area of architectural brilliance and creativity. Walk down LaSalle Street, the city's financial district, which has been nicknamed "The Canyon" because of the tall, steep buildings at both ends of the narrow street. When you get to Daley Plaza, go over and inspect the beautiful but untitled Pablo Picasso sculpture. It was a gift to the city from the artist, who waived his fee. The square is named after controversial former mayor Richard Joseph Daley. At the Federal Plaza, look up at another prominent sculpture, Calder's Flamingo. This is a 53-foot (16-meter) free-standing abstract sculpture by American artist Alexander Calder. The Loop also hosts a prominent cultural body, the Art Institute of Chicago. Examine the vast collection, which features the work of hundreds of artists in different mediums, such as photographs, sculptures, videos and textiles. There is American art, Asian art, Old Masters, European and American decorative arts and more.

The Loop Sightseeing Walk - Route Map

Guide Name: The Loop Sightseeing Walk
Guide Location: USA » Chicago
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Author: Dee
Randolph Street, The Oriental Theatre

1) Randolph Street, The Oriental Theatre

Image Courtesy of mliu92
Daley Plaza, The Picasso

2) Daley Plaza, The Picasso

Image Courtesy of © Jeremy Atherton, 2006.
Madison Street, St Peter's Church

3) Madison Street, St Peter's Church

Image Courtesy of Beyond My Ken
LaSalle Street, Northern Trust Bank

4) LaSalle Street, Northern Trust Bank

Image Courtesy of Beyond My Ken
LaSalle Street, New York Life Insurance Building

5) LaSalle Street, New York Life Insurance Building

Image Courtesy of Beyond My Ken
LaSalle Street, Chicago Board of Trade Building

6) LaSalle Street, Chicago Board of Trade Building

Image Courtesy of Jamie McCaffrey
LaSalle Street, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

7) LaSalle Street, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Image Courtesy of Ken Lund
Dearborn Street, Fisher Building

8) Dearborn Street, Fisher Building

Image Courtesy of JohnPickenPhoto
Congress Parkway corner with State Street, Harold Washington Library

9) Congress Parkway corner with State Street, Harold Washington Library

Image Courtesy of Ken Lund
Federal Plaza, Calder's Flamingo

10) Federal Plaza, Calder's Flamingo

Image Courtesy of (vincent desjardins)
Dearborn Street corner with Adams Street

11) Dearborn Street corner with Adams Street

Image Courtesy of Ken Lund
Monroe Street, The Palmer House Hilton

12) Monroe Street, The Palmer House Hilton

Image Courtesy of Counselman Collection
Michigan Avenue, Art Institute of Chicago

13) Michigan Avenue, Art Institute of Chicago

Image Courtesy of Brett VA
Michigan Avenue, South Garden

14) Michigan Avenue, South Garden

Image Courtesy of Luke Streetwalker
Michigan Avenue

15) Michigan Avenue

Image Courtesy of kevinmcgill

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