The South Loop has so much to offer all year long however, in my opinion, it is at its best during the Summer. There is so much to do and see and with the warm days and gentle lake breezes it just seems so inviting to get out, walk around and soak in all that the area offers.
Whether you want to take a stroll along the lake shore, watch the boats come and go from Monroe Harbor, relax in Grant Park, enjoy nature on Northerly Island or marvel at the impressive wall murals as you walk the Wabash Arts Corridor it’s all a short walk away. If you prefer to soak in some culture, you can visit Museum Campus where you will find the world class Shed Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History.
Want to take a trip back in time? The South Loop is steeped in history. A must on your list of places to see is the Clark House Museum, built in 1836, it’s the oldest house in Chicago and was home to Walter B. Clark. After visiting the museum take a short walk down “Millionaire’s Row” located behind the museum on South Prairie Avenue to see the grand homes that adorn it. From there head over to the “Motor Row” historic district to see where between 1905 and 1936 there were showrooms for over 100 makes and models of automobiles. Today, you can still see many of the buildings that once housed these long-gone showrooms. From there, head over to Printer’s Row, once the home of the printing and publishing businesses in Chicago. Many of the buildings have since been converted to residential lofts. While there, take a walk over to Dearborn Station which was opened in 1885 to serve the growing rail traffic into and out of downtown Chicago. Today the train shed and rail yards are gone and only the station which was converted to commercial and retail space remains.
Hungry after a long day of touring, the South Loop offers many wonderful restaurants or if you crave ethnic food you’re in luck, Chinatown, Little Italy, Pilsen and Greektown each host numerous restaurants and are all just a few minutes away.
As the warm day and gentle breeze turns into a balmy Chicago night, take a stroll over to Roosevelt Road between Michigan and Columbus to enjoy the beautiful Chicago nighttime skyline. From there head over to one of the many bars in the South Loop for your favorite drink then call it a day.