When you picture Chicago, you're probably envisioning the Loop. Known for its historic architecture, the Loop boasts office buildings, residential towers, and hotels interspersed throughout the neighborhood. While the Loop is certainly Chicago's center for business, museums, and monuments, the multitude of parks and festivals prevent the area from taking itself too seriously.
Millennium Park is home to Cloud Gate, or "The Bean" as it's more popularly known, while Maggie Daley Park offers hours of entertainment for the young (or just young at heart). You can enjoy a free concert at The Jay Pritzker Pavilion or visit the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, or the Chicago Cultural Center for an educational afternoon. Chicago's theaters (and that famous "Chicago" marquee) are also at home in the Loop, as is the start of the Magnificent Mile. While you won't find many residential pockets or tree-lined streets in this bustling neighborhood, its residents enjoy total immersion in the energy and excitement of Downtown.