The Loop is the central business district of Chicago, one of city’s 77 designated community areas. The neighborhood is bordered on the west by the Chicago River, the east by Michigan Avenue, the north by Wacker Drive, and the south by Congress Parkway.The Loop earned its name in the late nineteenth century when cable car turnarounds and elevated railways encircled the area. Serving as Chicago’s official downtown area, the Loop area is dominated by skyscrapers and high-rises with a mixture of historic buildings throughout the neighborhood.
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The Loop is home to Chicago’s commercial center, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, City Hall, the seat of Cook County, and other major corporations. In addition to commercial businesses, the Loop is home to Grant Park, State Street, the Art Institute of Chicago, theaters and a number of subway and transit stations. The Loop also includes the dynamic mixture of the Willis Tower, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Goodman Theatre, the Joffrey Ballet, the central public Harold Washington Library, the Chicago Cultural Center and Fort Dearborn. In addition to its culture, the Loop is also full of shopping opportunities including the Loop Retail Historic District. The Loop also includes Grant Park where it hosts the Buckingham Fountain, the Petrillo Music Shell, Millennium Park, and various festivals.
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