Sunday, April 19, 2015

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Downtown (South Loop), IL

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Downtown (South Loop), IL

Chicago’s city center revival should be the envy of urban planners.  It is not that too long ago that people predicted the demise of the Loop.  Instead, Downtown Chicago has not just thrived, but expanded.  Now reaching from North Avenue to I-55, and from Lake Michigan to the Chicago River, and in some parts Ashland Avenue, the greater downtown area has shown what government and private investment can do when coordinated and concentrated.

No part of downtown has benefited more than the South Loop area.  Once just a collection of empty storefronts and warehouses, South Loop has exploded with condo and apartment towers.  Anchored by Museum Campus, McCormick Place, and Chinatown, South Loop could easily take a week or more to thoroughly explore, and more is on its way.  Northerly Island is currently being transformed into a natural paradise and will even offer tent camping spaces.  In 2014, George Lucas selected a site between the convention center and Soldier Field to host a one-of-a-kind museum.  Even McCormick Place is expanding, adding more hotel rooms, a new arena, and entertainment district.

While some traditional downtown amenities such as shopping have been slower to appear, they are only a quick El trip north.

Go if you like:
-Lake Michigan

Distance (Driving):
-Detroit: 282 miles/4h 11m
-Milwaukee: 92.1 miles/1h 36m
-Davenport: 175 miles/2h 45m
-St. Louis: 297 miles/4h 21m
-Indianapolis: 182 miles/2h 48m

Also serviced by:
-Air (Chicago Midway International Airport, O'Hare International Airport)
-Amtrak (Chicago-Union Station)



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