Whether you’re visiting from out of town or just another neighborhood, there is always plenty to do and see in the South Loop. Between the lakefront, Grant Park, Soldier Field, Northerly Island, Printer’s Row, jazz clubs, Museum Campus, and an abundance of dining and nightlife, it can be hard to decide where to begin! Here’s one way to get the most out of your day in the South Loop.
Start your day in the South Loop off with a stroll through Printer’s Row and a cup of coffee. Although Printer’s Row got its name because it used to be the heart of Chicago’s printing and publishing industry, the sub-neighborhood is now known among locals for its loft style residences and high density of fantastic coffee shops. Printer’s Row still pays homage to its literary origins during its annual Printer’s Row Lit Fest.
The South Loop is also known for being the most dog friendly downtown neighborhood. If you brought your furry friend along for your morning coffee stroll, head over to Daniel Webster, Coliseum, Roosevelt, Anderson, or Grant Bark dog parks!
After you’ve finished your coffee (and gone back for a refill or two) head over to Museum Campus. Whether you’re interested in history, outer space, marine life, or science and technology, you’re in luck! The Field Museum of Natural History (known for the world famous t-rex, Sue), Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and the Museum of Science and Industry all sit on this 57 acre park. (Pro tip: There’s even a water taxi that will let you off right at the Shedd Aquarium!)
Be sure to check hours and availability as they tend to be irregular during COVID-19.
Next stop is Burnham Harbor, where you and your loved ones can charter a boat for the afternoon. There’s no better way to enjoy Chicago’s skyline than from the water!
If you’re going to BYOB (bring your own boat, of course), here is more information about Burnham Harbor.
If you’re visiting the South Loop in the winter and a boat charter isn’t in the cards, head to Soldier Field for a Chicago Bears game!
A day in the South Loop would never be complete without a night of live music! Whether you’re catching a concert at Northerly Island, listening to some blues by both famous and up and coming artists at Buddy Guy’s Legends, checking out new local acts at Reggie’s, or listening to some jazz by candlelight at M Lounge or Jazz Showcase, there’s something for every music lover.
With so many things to do, as well as its proximity to major points of interest like McCormick Place and Cinespace, it’s easy to see why the South Loop’s popularity is continuing to grow.
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