The Loop Sightseeing Walking Tour (Self Guided), Chicago

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.
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The Loop Sightseeing Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: The Loop Sightseeing Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Chicago
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: Dee
Randolph Street, The Oriental Theatre

1) Randolph Street, The Oriental Theatre

Madison Street, St Peter's Church

3) Madison Street, St Peter's Church

LaSalle Street, Northern Trust Bank

4) LaSalle Street, Northern Trust Bank

LaSalle Street, New York Life Insurance Building

5) LaSalle Street, New York Life Insurance Building

LaSalle Street, Chicago Board of Trade Building

6) LaSalle Street, Chicago Board of Trade Building

LaSalle Street, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

7) LaSalle Street, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Dearborn Street, Fisher Building

8) Dearborn Street, Fisher Building

Congress Parkway corner with State Street, Harold Washington Library

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

Dearborn Street corner with Adams Street

11) Dearborn Street corner with Adams Street

Monroe Street, The Palmer House Hilton

12) Monroe Street, The Palmer House Hilton

Michigan Avenue, Art Institute of Chicago

13) Michigan Avenue, Art Institute of Chicago

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Loop District Architecture Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
University of Chicago Walking Tour

University of Chicago Walking Tour

Founded in 1890, the University of Chicago is among the world’s most prestigious educational institutions. As of 2020, the University’s students, faculty and staff have included 100 Nobel laureates, giving it the fourth-most affiliated Nobel laureates of any university.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Chicago Navy Pier Walking Tour

Chicago Navy Pier Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Millennium and Grant Parks Walking Tour

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The city of Chicago is renowned for its outdoor green spaces. One such “forever free and open” space, is called Grant Park and was established in 1844. In fact, upon foundation, it was called Lake Park, but was renamed in 1901 after the American Civil War General and United States President, Ulysses S. Grant.

Popularly referred to as “Chicago's front lawn,” this lakefront park is...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles

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