Chicago Neighborhood Guide: South Loop
The South Loop doesn’t boast as many restaurants or retail stores as its neighbors, but the attractions makes it a top contender for spots in the Windy City worth your vacation time. Head there the next time you’re in town. Stay right in the area with us for 15% off plus 50% off valet parking. Click here to book.
Chicago South Loop Attractions
Field Museum – Bring the kids and let their imaginations run wild as they gaze up at a huge skeleton of Sue or get lost in the huge museum teaching them more history than they could learn anywhere else. Be sure to check out the current exhibits Genghis Khan (through September 3, 2012) and Extreme Mammals (through January 6, 2013).
Adler Planetarium – The planetarium is full of wonder and science about the skies above us. Kids love the hands on experiences and adults can enjoy Adler After Dark every third Thursday from 6:30-10:30 p.m. for a themed planetary education plus cocktails.
Shedd Aquarium – You just can’t beat the Shedd! How often do you have a chance to get up close and personal with underwater animals? The Shedd offers a great opportunity to do so, not to mention the extraordinary Jellie’s Exhibit was recently extended through 2013!
South Loop Bars & Restaurants
Yolk – Brunch is definitely the most important meal of the day and Yolk is not a bad place to start! You can’t go wrong with big portions of tasty eggs or fluffy pancakes. Be sure to get the fresh-squeezed strawberry-orange juice too.
Mercat a la Planxa – There can never be enough tapas restaurants, and this one certainly doesn’t fall under par. Boldly decorated and situated street level on the corner of the Blackstone Hotel, Mercat is a gourmet Spanish spot that foodies would be sad to miss.
Eleven City Diner – Most diners have a stigma that the food will be flavorless and the decorations depressing, but Eleven City Diner has a flare that makes it unforgettable. Order breakfast favorites or veggie-packed salads and don’t forget to stop by the candy bar before departing.
South Loop Shopping
Loopy Yarns – Knitting isn’t just your grandma’s hobby anymore. This store is the mecca for all you young women and men knit one pearl two-ing your way through an entire winter wardrobe.
Jeweler’s Row – The area around Wabash & Madison has gained popularity for men looking to pop the question. Head to this spot if you’re ready to tie the knot- the selection of diamonds will not disappoint.
Saks Fifth Avenue – The Saks name is infamous for service and luxury. There’s no difference in this case. Make plans to visit the Michigan Avenue store for that fancy shopping trip you earn with a promotion at work.