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10 Worthwhile South Loop Attractions

Posted by Susan Dickman on Sunday, October 29th, 2017 at 5:16pm.

South Loop is one of Chicago's first residential districts. Its recent development transformed the South Loop back into a residential neighborhood. On top of its recent developments, South Loop has many attractions that makes it worthwhile to visit or live there. Some of the most popular attractions are listed below.

Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium is the first planetarium in the western hemisphere that’s open to the public. Founded by Max Adler, more than 1.2 million people were in attendance during the first two years Adler was open. Visitors can expect to learn more about space science and space exploration. This is a perfect spot for a family outing!

Chicago Women's Park and Gardens

Women have made many contributions to the city of Chicago throughout history. One of the reason we really enjoy this park is that it honors those women. This area is also home to The Clarke House museum (which you will learn more about below).

Clarke House Museum

An 1836 Greek Revival–style home that also happens to be the city’s oldest house! It has a four-column portico, which symbolized the first national architectural style. Anyone interested can visit this amazing home that’s located on1827 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, Illinois.

Glessner House Museum

The John J. Glessner House is located on 1800 S. Prairie Ave, Chicago, Illinois. It’s an internationally known architectural treasure in Chicago that was named one of the top museums in the U.S by curbed in 2017. This piece of art inspired many star architects such as Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and the young Frank Lloyd Wright. Cool, right? It’s worth the visit!

Grant Park Skate Plaza

3 Acre skate park that’s perfect for families with teenagers. The park welcomes skateboarders, bikers, and inline skaters which features rails, ramps, and benches in case you want to observe the action.

McCormick Place

One of the most popular and well-known spots in Chicago, the McCormick place hosts many fun events that consist of; The Chicago Auto Show, and Chicago Marathon Health and Fitness Expo. This place is home to a hotel, The Arie Crown Theater, and multiple ballrooms for events. Visitors and residents in the area can always expect to have fun events to attend here throughout the year.    

The Field Museum

Opened in 1921 and also a tourist favorite, the field museum offers more than 30 exhibitions, which covers a little more than 30,000 square feet. This makes it one of the largest museums in the world as well. Frowning dinosaurs and ancient artifacts from a royal Egyptian tomb are just a couple things you can expect to see. You can visit this museum located on 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, Illinois.

Shedd Aquarium

Families are bound to enjoy one of the world’s largest indoor aquariums! Founded by John G. Shedd, the Shedd was the first inland aquarium with permanent saltwater exhibits as well as freshwater habitats. Want to know what’s even better? There are 52 days throughout the year that Illinois residents can enter the aquarium free of charge!

Soldier Field

How can we forget the Football and sports fans? Soldier Field is home to The Chicago Bears and where most sports fan spend their time during the season. During their off-season however, you can anticipate events such as music festivals to be held in the historic field. Either way, you will always have a reason to visit.

Ping Tom Memorial Park

Ping Tom Memorial Park is named after the individual who happened to be a resident in the area, who was the brains behind the development of this 17.2-acre park. Visitors love kayaking in the area when the weather permits and may even take the time to enjoy its indoor swimming pool, fitness area, and gymnasium on-site. This park is located on 1700 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, Illinois.


South Loop has a lot to offer. With new development currently happening, it is arguably one of the most exciting areas in downtown Chicago to reside. Imagine being close to these beautiful and interesting attractions? If you’re thinking about making a move to the South Loop area, feel free to give us a call at 773-627-8176 and take a look at some our South Loop properties for sale.

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