2 MIN READ – You can enjoy some of the best tours and attractions downtown in the Loop. Whether by foot, boat, skate, or bike, get outside and learn something new about the city.
360 CHICAGO Observation Deck and TILT thrill ride re-open January 29. Mask up and enjoy the memorable panoramic views and the highest thrill ride in Chicago. Until additional indoor dining restrictions are eased, BAR 94 will maintain its temporary closure. All state health protocols are strictly observed to ensure the health and safety of all visitors and staff.
There's nothing like strolling through one of the myriad museums in the Loop. From major players like the Art Institute of Chicago to more low-key gems like the Museum of Contemporary Photography, downtown Chicago has a spot to meet any interest. Be sure to check visitor information for hours, COVID-19 protocols, reservation requirements, and more before your visit to a Loop museum.
Experience the beauty of Chicago and learn about Chicago’s deep architectural history. Part of CAC@Home, CAC Live online events bring the world of architecture and design to you—wherever you are. Additionally, select Chicago Architecture Center walking tours are available. Those who attend CAC walking tours departing through April may request vouchers for complimentary Center admission once exhibits reopen in May. Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady will resume on April 17. Tickets for the river cruise are on sale as of April 1. For the time being, all walking tours—including custom and private bookings—are limited to small groups only, with face coverings and advance reservations required. Learn more.
The Auditorium Theatre's Historic Theatre Tours are back. The Auditorium Theatre, designed by famed architects Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, opened on December 9, 1889, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1975. Historic Tours take patrons behind the scenes to view it as few do. The tour includes legendary accounts of how and why the theatre was built; stories of the many artists who graced the historic stage; and a closer look at the brilliant 24-karat gold-leafed ceiling arches, hundreds of Sullivan’s beautifully restored intricate stencil patterns, the stained glass muses at the entrance, and murals by Charles Holloway and Albert Fleury. Tours are approximately 60 minutes in length. Individual tickets cost $15 each, and private tours start at $250 for up to 6 people.
If you're staying at home, enjoy the Auditorium's 20-minute virtual tour, hosted by Auditorium Theatre CEO Rich Regan.
Architecture River Tours highlight over 40 iconic Chicago buildings lining the Chicago River. Tours meander through the Chicago River for 60 minutes. With the city’s largest fleet and dozens of architectural guides, Shoreline Sightseeing is one of Chicago’s most popular tours. Departures from Michigan Avenue are available on weekends in March beginning on March 6. Departures from Navy Pier are on sale now for dates beginning May 28, 2021.
So much to do outdoors! The Roller Blade and Scooter Ribbon will reopen April 30. From April 30-May 27 and September 7-26, the ribbon will be open Monday-Sunday from noon-6 p.m.; May 28-Labor Day, the ribbon will be open Sunday-Thursday from noon-6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from noon-8:00 p.m. The Climbing Wall and Play Garden will reopen Memorial Day Weekend. Stay up-to-date with precautions on their social media and website.
Tour the city’s most iconic attractions and glide along the Lakefront, eating through some of Chicago’s most renowned delicacies along the way. Now accepting reservations for the Bikes, Bites & Brews – Signature Dishes tour, Bobby’s Bike Hike offers the perfect socially distant activity.
You’re the captain now on this one-of-a-kind cruise along the Chicago River. Drive yourself down the historic waterway with your friends or request a licensed captain or tour guide for a curated experience.
As of March 12, Chicago’s original architecture tour is back on the water! Wendella Boat Tours provide visitors with unrivaled views of the city on the 45-minute or 90-minute cruises. Along with this traditional tour experience, take in the sights and sounds of the Loop with the sunset and fireworks cruises with stops on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.
You Might Be Interested In:
Best places to take a walk in the Loop3 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 fee
Where to eat in the Loop5 MIN READ - Loop restaurants offer diners new and improved patios and rooftops, all with strict safety measures in place. And for those who'd rather not venture out, you'll also find a list of restaurants with takeout and delivery options!