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South LoopChicago

South of downtown Chicago, this neighborhood features cultural activities, sports and convention centers and a great dining and nightlife scene.

The South Loop offers waterfront access and some of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Tour cultural sites, watch professional football or enjoy the breeze blowing in over Lake Michigan as it fills the sails of hundreds of boats.

Spend several days exploring the attractions of Museum Campus. Field Museum is named for Marshall Field. See the extraordinary science and natural history exhibits initiated by this major city benefactor more than 120 years ago. The collection now includes more than 30 million specimens.

Nearby in Shedd Aquarium are animals from 80 water habitats of the world, including the Amazon River, Great Lakes, Caribbean Sea and vast oceans. Enhance your kids’ experiences with a submarine ride, play time in a penguin suit or a gentle touch of a sturgeon and a stingray.

From the ocean depths, move to the reaches of outer space at Adler Planetarium. Numerous exhibits and shows provide insight to space exploration and space bodies. On select days the Doane Observatory offers viewing of the sun or night stars. In summer, bring swimsuits to the 12th Street Beach south of the planetarium.

Find a different culture at one more Museum Campus location, Soldier Field. Here the Chicago Bears play professional football from August through December.

If you’re in Chicago for a convention, you’ll likely visit McCormick Place, one of the nation’s largest convention centers. Stroll to this impressive set of buildings to enjoy lake views and shop or dine inside. Its southern grounds include McCormick Bird Sanctuary, where millions of birds stop during spring and fall migrations.

North of Museum Campus is the large Grant Park with beautiful gardens and the impressive centerpiece, Buckingham Fountain. Attend a summer concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, with free seating on the Great Lawn.

Find great restaurants and clubs across the South Loop area. Be sure to sample Chicago deep-dish pizza. Purchase a CityPASS for discounted access and VIP entry to multiple venues, giving you more time to enjoy popular South Loop attractions.


Popular places to visit in South Loop

McCormick Place
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McCormick Place

4.5/5(1,804 reviews)

Attend an event at the United States’ largest convention center, which features hyper-modern facilities and huge exhibition spaces connected by promenades and sky bridges.

Soldier Field
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Soldier Field

4.5/5(1,256 reviews)

Events center, NFL stadium and historic landmark all in one, this waterfront field is one of Chicago’s most popular destinations.

Grant Park
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Grant Park

4.5/5(3,318 reviews)

Chicago’s front yard is a pretty landscaped park, which is home to public art displays, museums, themed gardens and international music festivals.

John G. Shedd Aquarium
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John G. Shedd Aquarium

4.5/5(1,675 reviews)

Make time to visit the sea life at John G. Shedd Aquarium and learn why this is a favorite attraction in Chicago. Amble around this vibrant area's lakeside or experience its acclaimed theater scene.

Field Museum of Natural History
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Field Museum of Natural History

4.5/5(1,399 reviews)

Dinosaur bones, rare gems and real Egyptian mummies are among the displays at this family favorite.

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
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Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

4.5/5(186 reviews)

Opportunities for fun, learning and wonder abound at this historic and state-of-the-art museum on the pretty shore of Lake Michigan.

Top things to do in South Loop

Go Chicago Explorer Pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Top Attractions
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Go Chicago Explorer Pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Top Attractions

$83
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Chicago CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Chicago Attractions
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Chicago CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Chicago Attractions

$109
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

$49
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
The Field Museum
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The Field Museum

$40
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Museum Campus Photo Shoot and Walking Tour
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Museum Campus Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

$150
Per adult
Chicago's Prairie District: Street of the Elite Walking Tour
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Chicago's Prairie District: Street of the Elite Walking Tour

$60
Per adult

Top Hotels in South Loop

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Grant Park Hotel
Best Western Grant Park Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1100 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
The price is $65 per night

Located in The Loop, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grant Park and Columbia College Chicago. Field Museum of Natural History and John G. Shedd Aquarium ...

4.1/5Very Good! (3,097 reviews)

"The hotel is located in a nice area. The room was very clean and the price was excellent...Great deal!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Best Western Grant Park Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
The price is $99 per night

Located in The Loop, this hotel is steps from Columbia College Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography, and Auditorium Building and Theatre. Fine Arts Building ...

3.7/5Good! (5,837 reviews)

"Historic hotel, fantastic staff. In need of an update, but staff makes up for that."…"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Congress Plaza Hotel
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop
3 out of 5
59 E. 11th Street, Chicago, IL
The price is $101 per night

Located in The Loop, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of State Street and Grant Park. Field Museum of Natural History and John G. Shedd Aquarium are also ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (279 reviews)

"Loved it, amazing spot and really nice view definitely recommend and should book online a lot cheaper then going up to the front desk hahaha"…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop
Hotel Essex Chicago
Hotel Essex Chicago
4 out of 5
800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
The price is $109 per night

Located in The Loop, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grant Park, State Street, and Columbia College Chicago. Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium ...

4.3/5Excellent! (953 reviews)

"They were polite and housekeeping was very friendly"…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Hotel Essex Chicago
Travelodge by Wyndham Downtown Chicago
Travelodge by Wyndham Downtown Chicago
2 out of 5
65 E Harrison St, Chicago, IL
The price is $63 per night

Located in The Loop, this hotel is steps from Columbia College Chicago, Grant Park, and State Street. Art Institute of Chicago and Buckingham Fountain are also ...

3.5/5Good! (1,664 reviews)

"It was a good experience, other than the fact that our door gets stuck and didn't open easily."…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Travelodge by Wyndham Downtown Chicago
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown South Loop
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown South Loop
3 out of 5
55 E 11th Street, Chicago, IL
The price is $93 per night

Located in The Loop, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of State Street and Grant Park. Field Museum of Natural History and John G. Shedd Aquarium are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (256 reviews)

"Cllean hotel, friendly staff, easy checkin and check out, close to all. Enjoyed peace and quiet."…"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown South Loop

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