The Chicago Loop is the heart of downtown Chicago. It is home to not only world-class dining, historic architecture, and vibrant culture, but it is the second largest central business district in North America. This trendy downtown area got the name Union Loop from the looping streetcars that were the transit hub of early downtown Chicago. Nowadays, the looping route has raised tracks that wind between the high-rise buildings to serve eight City Transit Authority (CTA) lines. All CTA lines funnel into this area, making getting to and from The Loop a cinch. This has morphed it into a natural center for education with more than ten prominent universities and colleges.
This lively Chicago area contains both the Museum District and Theatre District, so it is no surprise that it is overflowing with history and creativity. However, The Loop isn’t just for those who crave culture— there is truly something for everyone. From walking trails and bike paths lining Lake Michigan to spectacular shopping along State Street. Iconic places that you don’t want to miss include The Chicago Theatre on N State St., The Art Institute of Chicago on S Michigan Ave., and The Chicago Cultural Center on E Washington St. Craving a bit of nature? Escape the buzz of the city at Millennium Park. This 24.5-acre space located a few blocks from Wabash Station and the Lakeshore East development is internationally recognized for iconic sculptures like “Cloud Gate” (collectively referred to as “The Bean”). Beyond its unique art installments, it offers activities like free concerts and entertainment in the summer, as well as skating in the winter. Grant Park is also found on this stretch of expansive greenspace and is worth a visit for the Chicago landmark, Buckingham Fountain. Speaking of landmarks, be sure to travel a couple of blocks North of the parks to the border of River North to enjoy a Chicago favorite—the award-winning Riverwalk that runs alongside the Chicago River. The Chicago Architecture River Cruise also comes highly recommended in this area by locals and tourists alike.
Whether you are looking for a cozy studio apartment, a contemporary 1-bedroom apartment, or a luxury 2-bedroom apartment, some of the best Chicago apartments are located in The Loop. Chicago Loop apartments are commonly found in contemporary high-rises such as 73 East Lake (73 E Lake St, Chicago IL), One Eleven (111 W Wacker Dr, Chicago IL), and 330 South Wells (330 S Wells St, Chicago IL). But if you prefer a touch of old-world charisma, there are also restored historic buildings such as the Century Tower or the brick lofts at 180 W Adams St. Want a luxury condominium? The Heritage at Millennium Park on N Garland Court fits the bill. However, if you are craving an apartment that blends contemporary style, vintage allure, and the amenities of a luxury apartment, The Alfred is a go-to. This former office building’s captivating mix of old meets new along with its modern amenities—a roof deck and lounge, lobby cafe, fitness center—make it a highly desired residence in The Loop. It is overflowing with an authentic charm that helps this building instantly feel like home.
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With unparalleled access to public transportation, The Alfred is the perfect place to call home for any city dweller. This vintage office building has been converted into sleek modern studios, 1 bedroom apartments, and 2 bedroom apartments with restored historical features such as lofted ceilings and original oversized windows. Amenities available to residents of these pet-friendly apartments include a gym, a coffee shop in the lobby, and a rooftop deck with everything from BBQs to oversized seating. Located at 30 E Adams St. The Alfred is only blocks away from Van Buren Street Station, Millennium Park, and The Art Institute of Chicago.
Want to know more? Check out our Guide to Chicago’s Loop.