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Best places to take a walk in the Loop

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Posted  18 days ago  in  Trending, Things to Do, Loop List

3 MIN READ - Whether you're a worker back in the Loop in some capacity, or you simply miss spending time downtown, getting outside and taking in the sights of your beautiful city is downright necessary (just be sure you wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of space between yourself and others). We’ve compiled a list of the best places to go for a walk downtown in the Loop.


The Chicago Riverwalk

The Chicago Riverwalk remains active! The 1.25 mile long path is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Please wear your face covering and practice social distancing during your visit.

Chicago s Riverwalk. Photo by Angie McMonigal.

Maggie Daley Park 

So much to do outdoors! Schedule a socially distant hangout with friends at the Skating Ribbon, which requires reservations. Stay up-to-date with precautions on their social media and website.

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Millennium Park

Millennium Park is open daily, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., for groups of 10 persons or fewer who practice social distancing and wear face coverings. The park offers limited in-person programming and operates in accordance with public health safeguards and best practices. Millennium Park areas open to guests include the Chase Promenades, the Boeing Galleries, and Lurie Garden. Crown Fountain and Wrigley Square are also open, but without active water features. Cloud Gate (also known as "The Bean") may be viewed from a distance from Chase Promenade Central.  At this time, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, BP Bridge, and the Welcome Center remain closed. Learn more here.

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The Lakefront Trail

The Lakefront Trail is open 24 hours a day, while the parks and beaches along the trail close at 11 p.m. To encourage proper use, the Chicago Park District will install visible signage along the trail to educate and remind trail users of rules. Lakefront land east of running and biking trails is now open. Social distancing and masks are still required. Learn more here.

Lakefront Trail

Anywhere there’s public art

Like an outdoor museum, the Chicago Loop is host to a stellar public art collection. It’s no surprise the arts in the Loop is a major economic driver, bringing $2.25 billion in revenue each year to the area and the city. Use this guide to take a tour of the Loop’s eye candy.

10 Worker mural credit Torque

State Street

State Street has always been one of the biggest retail corridors in the city of Chicago, bustling with nearly 85 million pedestrian impressions per year. How often do you get a chance to take a deep breath and take in the sights in a quieter environment? Stare in awe at the Sullivan Center. Consider the history of the buildings that now house Macy’s or The Palmer House. Take a selfie with just you and the Chicago Theatre marquee. We recommend doing all of the above.

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