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Things to Do Before a Show in the Chicago Loop

Posted  4 years ago  in  Loop List, Loop Locals

2 MIN READ – From large Tony award-winning theatres to intimate local storefronts to free plays in the parks, Chicago is celebrating the Year of Chicago Theatre. The next time you plan to see theatre in the Chicago Loop, where you find the city’s most vibrant theater scene, don’t just come for the show. Consider arriving a little early for a slew of pre-theatre fun and adventure.

Eat and Drink

You don’t want to watch a show with the sound effect of your rumbling tummy. From fine dining restaurants to casual grab-and-go spots, the Loop has crowd-pleasing food and drink destinations. Learn More

Go to a Happy Hour

Pregame for a show like it’s 2015—the year Chicago’s happy hour ban was repealed. Whether you’re looking for a convenient spot in the Theatre District or a quick bite before the play, these happy hours in the Loop go beyond boring beer specials and offer inventive foods and drinks. Learn More

Visit a Museum

Find a wide array of world-class museums, featuring everything from art and science to medicine and history. There’s always a fresh crop of thought-provoking exhibitions at the Loop's museums and galleries. On free admission days, you can immerse yourself at these culturally-rich institutions for free. Learn More

Ascend to a Rooftop Bar

The Loop’s skyscraping patios boast perfectly crafted cocktails, award-winning dining, and some of the best views of the city. Steps away from the Theatre District, most of these glamorous escapes are year-round, allowing you to take your pre-theatre plans to a whole new level—literally. Learn More


Shop on State Street — "that great street" — and beyond with the myriad retail options in the Loop. From designer brands to specialty shops you won't find anywhere else, the Loop has what you're looking for. Learn More

Take a Tour

Chicago is rife with astonishing architecture, theatresfoodmuseumsarts, and parks. Plan on arriving a little early (before the show) and explore the history and hidden gems of the city you love through the eyes of the people who know it best. Learn More

Shoreline Sightseeing