The Loop is considered Chicago’s official Downtown area. Famous for its large concentration of some of America’s greatest skyscrapers, this area is also home to some of Chicago’s best (and oldest) restaurants, shopping spots, recreational areas as well as luxury hi-rise downtown apartments for rent. Named for the shape of a street car’s route in the early 1900’s, the Loop offers the perfect blend of high-energy hustle and bustle, entertainment, lively night life and refined culture. The Loop is home to some of Chicago’s most famous attractions. From Michigan Avenue’s shopping hub (known as the “Magnificent Mile”) to Chicago’s Theater District (home to six theaters including The Chicago Theater and Goodman Theater), this area has something for everyone! Fitness enthusiasts will appreciate the close proximity to the lakefront and the countless number of recreational activities offered. Patrons of the Loop enjoy easy access to the Willis Tower, the tallest building in the United States (Many Chicagoans still call this building by its former name, Sears Tower). Grant Park which runs along Lake Michigan is another hot spot for both locals in need of a downtown apartment for rent as well as tourists. Many of the city’s biggest annual events take place here, including Taste of Chicago (the world’s largest and most delicious food festival), Lollapalooza, Chicago Jazz Festival and Chicago Blues Festival, to name a few. Grant Park also houses Millennium Park (home of the Cloud Gate sculpture, also known as “The Bean”), Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago, several gardens and public art pieces. Because the Loop is located in the heart of the city, public transportation is abundant from any Chicago downtown apartment for rent you might choose. All seven lines of the L train line can be directly accessed. In addition, there are countless CTA bus routes available. You can ride the Metra commuter train to one of Chicago’s suburbs or hop on interstate 90 or 290 expressways which are located nearby. If you are considering moving into a Chicago Downtown apartment for purchase/rent you might also like other nearby neighborhoods such as the Gold Coast, Streeterville, River North, South Loop and West Loop.