Chicago Moped Tours

6. Chicago Loop

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The sixth stop on The Original Chicago Moped Tours is Chicago's famous "Loop" District!

Chicago's "Loop" is the city's official downtown area. The second largest downtown business district in the United States, the Loop's boundaries are the Chicago River on the west, Michigan Avenue on the east, Wacker Drive on the north and Congress Parkway on the south. The Loop is known for its famous skyscrapers and historic buildings; it has been the site of architectural creativity and experimentation for years.

Although many believe the term "The Loop" comes from the elevated "L" trains that do indeed form a loop around the downtown area, the name actually comes from the route of a streetcar that served Chicago in 1882.

In the late 1800's and early 1900's, the Loop was a hotbed of architectural activity. In 1900, the Loop had the world's greatest concentration of skyscrapers. Architects such as William Le Baron Jenny, Louis H. Sullivan, Daniel H. Burham and many others were innovating modern high rises at this time.

Site visits will include:

  • The Chicago River – Beautiful views of one the country's most famous rivers
  • Historic Bridges - Michigan Avenue Bridge, LaSalle Street Bridge
  • Historic Buildings - The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), Daley Center, Illinois Center, Chicago Baord of Trade, Chicago Civic Opera House and more
  • State Street – Famous shopping street
  • LaSalle Street – Heart of the financial district
  • Historic Theatre District - The Theater District spans several blocks in the Loop and includes six major theaters. These include the Ford Center for the Performing Arts (was Oriental Theater), The Chicago Theatre, the Auditorium Theatre, the Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Goodman Theatre and the LaSalle Bank Theatre (was Shubert Theatre).