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Loop (Chicago, Illinois)
Community Area 32 - Loop
Chicago Community Area 32 - Loop
Location within the city of Chicago
Latitude
Longitude
41°52.8′N 87°38.8′W
Neighborhoods
ZIP Codes 60601, 60602, 60603, 60604, and parts of 60605, 60606, 60607, and 60661
Area 4.09 km² (1.58 mi²)
Population (2000)
Density
16,388 (up 37.09% from 1990)
4,004.7 /km²
Demographics White
Black
Hispanic
Asian
Other
62.1%
19.7%
5.95%
9.92%
2.43%
Median income $65,128
Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services

The Loop is what locals call the historical center of downtown Chicago. It is the second largest downtown business district in the United States, after Midtown Manhattan. Bounded on the west and north by the Chicago River, on the east by Lake Michigan, and on the south by Roosevelt Road, the lack of space shaped an architectural style dominated by high-rises. Notable buildings include the Home Insurance Building, considered the first skyscraper, to the Sears Tower, the tallest in the United States. Some of the historic buildings in this district were instrumental in the development of high-rises. Chicago's rational street numbering system originates in the Loop at the intersection of State Street and Madison Street, reflecting the central role the district has played in the entire Chicagoland region. The city Chicago, Illinois, is divided into seventy-seven community areas. ... Chicago Community Area 32 - Loop This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Official website: http://egov. ... Latitude, usually denoted symbolically by the Greek letter φ, gives the location of a place on Earth north or south of the Equator. ... Longitude, sometimes denoted by the Greek letter λ, describes the location of a place on Earth east or west of a north-south line called the Prime Meridian. ... Neighbourhood is also a term in topology. ... Mr. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an Imperial unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (5,280 feet, 1,760 yards, 1,609. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Density (symbol: ρ - Greek: rho) is a measure of mass per unit of volume. ... This article is about the year. ... Demographics is a shorthand term for population characteristics. Demographics include race, age, income, mobility (in terms of travel time to work or number of vehicles available), educational attainment, home ownership, employment status, and even location. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Black is a color with several subtle differences in meaning. ... The Hispanic world Hispanic (Spanish: Hispano) is a term denoting a derivation from Spain, her people and culture. ... Geographically and technically, both Asian and Asiatic indicates a person, place, thing, or idea original to Asia. ... In probability theory and statistics, a median is a number dividing the higher half of a sample, a population, or a probability distribution from the lower half. ... Income, generally defined, is the money that is received as a result of the normal business activities of an individual or a business. ... The central business district of Melbourne, Australia. ... Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Official website: http://egov. ... View of Midtown from Empire State Building. ... Downtown buildings line the Chicago River The Chicago River is 156 miles (251 km) long, and flows through downtown Chicago, Illinois. ... Sunset on Lake Michigan Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. ... High-rise is a 1975 novel by J. G. Ballard. ... The Home Insurance Building was built in 1885 in Chicago, Illinois and demolished in 1931 to make way for the Field Building (now the LaSalle National Bank). ... Taipei 101, the worlds tallest building since its completion in 2004, is located in Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan). ... The Sears Tower is a skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. ... Chicagoland. ...

A section of the Loop
A section of the Loop

The term "The Loop" has different meanings to different persons. The Loop is an official community area of Chicago. As the downtown area and its many high-rises expanded out past the official community area over the years, "The Loop" has been used more generally to denote the entire downtown as opposed to just the officially designated community area. The term even more specifically applies to the section of the community area surrounded by the circuit formed by Chicago's elevated "L" trains. The circuit runs along Lake Street on the north, Wabash Avenue on the east, Van Buren Street on the south, and Wells Street on the west. The name, however, predates the elevated loop, coming from a streetcar loop in 1882. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (950x1140, 142 KB)Portion of Chicagos Loop. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (950x1140, 142 KB)Portion of Chicagos Loop. ... The city Chicago, Illinois, is divided into seventy-seven community areas. ... The L is the principal urban heavy rail and metro serving Chicago, Illinois in the United States. ... a historic postcard showing electric trolley-powered streetcars in Richmond, Virginia, where Frank J. Sprague successfully demonstrated his new system on the hills in 1888 A streetcar is a railway vehicle designed to carry passengers on tracks, usually laid in city streets. ... 1882 (MDCCCLXXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...


This area has a wealth of shopping opportunities, although it competes with the more upscale Magnificent Mile area to the north, and with suburban shopping malls. It includes Chicago's famous Marshall Field's department store, a traditional favorite for viewing Christmas window displays, and the original Carson Pirie Scott store. Michigan Avenue is a north-south road in Chicago, Illinois. ... Housing subdivision near Union, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. ... The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota — the third-largest in the world. ... Marshall Fields was a department store chain headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota with its flagship store on State Street in Chicago. ... Interior of a typical Macys department store. ... Christmas (literally, the Mass of Christ) is a traditional Christian holiday meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus with both religious and secular aspects, commonly observed on 25 December. ... Carson Pirie Scott & Co. ...


It is the location of a number of government buildings, including City Hall/County Building, the James R. Thompson Center, the Richard J. Daley Center, and multiple federal buildings. Chicago's Downtown Theatre District is also found within this area, along with numerous restaurants and hotels. Chicago City Hall, shortly before construction was completed in 1911. ... The James R. Thompson Center (JRTC) is located at 100 W. Randolph in the Loop, Chicago, Illinois and houses many Illinois State Departmental office. ... Richard J. Daley Center is Chicagos premier civic center and features a massive sculpture by Pablo Picasso. ... Toms Restaurant, a restaurant in New York made familiar by Suzanne Vega and the television sitcom Seinfeld For other uses, see Restaurant (disambiguation). ... A hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging, usually on a short-term basis and especially for tourists. ...


Chicago has a famous skyline which is home to many of the tallest buildings in the world. Unlike densely packed Midtown Manhattan, Chicago's skyline is spaced out throughout the downtown area, giving it a graceful bridgelike appearance. The Sears Tower, the city's tallest building, lies at the west end of the Loop in the heart of the city's financial district, along with other buildings, such as 311 South Wacker Drive and the AT&T Corporate Center. Chicago's number two building, the Aon Center, is located around the Illinois Center, a complex that stands at the east end of Loop, east of Michigan Avenue. Two Prudential Plaza also is located at the east end of the city. The third tallest building, the John Hancock Center, is located in the Magnificent Mile, north of the Loop in a major shopping area. Water Tower Place, 900 North Michigan, and Park Tower are all located in the area. Skyline of Hong Kong at night Skyline of New York City Skyline of Tokyo Skyline of Shanghai The Chicago skyline as seen from the north The Skyline of Dubai Seoul Skyline Singapore Skyline For other uses, see Skyline (disambiguation). ... View of Midtown from Empire State Building. ... The Sears Tower is a skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Sears Tower (right) and 311 South Wacker Drive (left) in Chicago 311 South Wacker Drive in Chicago is a 65-story skyscraper completed in 1990. ... The AT&T Corporate Center is the 4th tallest skyscraper in Chicago and 8th tallest in the United States at 1,007ft (307 m) with 60 floors. ... The Aon Center in downtown Chicago, Illinois Aon Center The Aon Center (200 East Randolph Street) in Chicago, Illinois was designed by architect Edward Durell Stone and completed in 1972. ... Illinois Center is a mixed-use urban development in downtown Chicago, Illinois, lying east of Michigan Avenue. ... Michigan Avenue refers to remnants of Old U.S. Highway 12 that ran from downtown Detroit to Chicago. ... Two Prudential Plaza is a skyscraper built in Chicago in 1990. ... Several buildings bear this name. ... Michigan Avenue is a north-south road in Chicago, Illinois. ... 900 North Michigan, Park Tower, the John Hancock Center, and Water Tower Place (L-R) as seen from the Sears Tower in Chicago Water Tower Place is the name given to an adjoining shopping mall and skyscraper in Chicago. ... 900 North Michigan, Park Tower, the John Hancock Center, and Water Tower Place (L-R) as seen from the Sears Tower in Chicago 900 North Michigan in Chicago is a skyscraper completed in 1989. ... 900 North Michigan, Park Tower, the John Hancock Center, and Water Tower Place (L-R) as seen from the Sears Tower in Chicago Park Tower in Chicago is a skyscraper completed in 2000. ...


According to the 2000 census, 16,388 people live in the Loop. It contains a wealth of outdoor sculpture, including works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, and Jean Dubuffet. Chicago's cultural heavyweights, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Goodman Theatre, the Lyric Opera at the Civic Opera House building, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, are also in this area, as is the historic Palmer House Hilton hotel, found on East Monroe Street. This article is about the year 2000. ... 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... An Italian Futurist sculpture by Umberto Boccioni at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (MoMA). ... Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973) was a Spanish painter and sculptor. ... Joan Miró photo taken by Carl Van Vechten, June, 1935 Joan Miró i Ferrá (April 20, 1893 – December 25, 1983) was a Catalan painter, sculptor and ceramist born in Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain). ... Marc Chagall as photographed in 1941 by Carl Van Vechten. ... Alexander Calder Alexander Calder (July 22, 1898 – November 11, 1976), also known as Sandy Calder, was an American sculptor and artist most famous for inventing the mobile. ... Jean Philippe Arthur Dubuffet (July 31, 1901 - May 12, 1985) was a French artist. ... On the western edge of Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, is the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the premier art museums and schools in the United States, known especially for the extensive collection of impressionist and American art in its museum. ... The Goodman Theatre in Chicagos Loop held its first performance in 1925. ... The Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the leading opera companies in the United States. ... The Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the leading opera companies in the United States. ... The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, based in Chicago, Illinois, is one of the leading orchestras in the world. ... Hallway in the Palmer House Hilton The Palmer House Hilton is a famous and historic hotel in downtown Chicago. ...


Chicago's lakefront, which is almost exclusively recreational park area from north to south, features Grant Park in this downtown area. Grant Park is the home of Buckingham Fountain, the Petrillo Bandshell, the Grant Park Symphony (where free concerts can be enjoyed throughout the summer), and Chicago's annual two-week food orgy, the Taste of Chicago, where more than 3 million people "pig out". A recent addition to Grant Park is the architecturally forward Millennium Park, which opened in the summer of 2004, featuring a Frank Gehry bandshell along with the Anish Kapoor "Cloud Gate" sculpture and spanning what were formerly open railyards on the city's lakefront. The Taste of Chicago is held in Grant Park annually around Independence Day. ... Buckingham Fountain today Buckingham Fountain is one of the largest in the world. ... James C. Petrillo (March 16, 1892 - October 23, 1984) was the prominent leader of the United States of Americas labor union of professional musicians. ... A classical music concert in the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. ... Taste of Chicago 2004 Taste of Chicago is the worlds largest food festival held annually in Chicago. ... Millennium Park is a prominent new civic center of the City of Chicago in Illinois and an important landmark of the citys lakefront. ... Gehrys most famous work, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain Frank Owen Gehry, CC (born Ephraim Goldberg, February 28, 1929) is an architect known for his sculptural approach to building design. ... 1000 Names, 1985 Anish Kapoor (born 1954) is a sculptor. ...


The Chicago River, which delineates the area, also provides entertainment and recreational opportunities, including the annual dyeing of the river green in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Trips down the Chicago River, including architectural tours, by commercial boat are great favorites with both locals and tourists. St. ...


See also: Chicago Loop (a movie by James Benning) James Benning (born 1942) is a film director. ...

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Loop definitions

Chicago's skyline from the north
Chicago's skyline from the north

Although every Chicagoan knows where the Loop is, personal opinions of its boundaries are as diverse as the people who live there. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2400x750, 1577 KB)Chicagos Downtown skyline from Uptown (north side). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2400x750, 1577 KB)Chicagos Downtown skyline from Uptown (north side). ...


The community area boundaries are: the Chicago River on the north and west, Roosevelt Road on the south, and Lake Michigan on the east. Since the City of Chicago only recognizes community areas, these boundaries are considered official.


The general neighborhood boundaries are: again, the Chicago River on the north and west; Congress Parkway on the south, and Michigan Avenue on the east. South of Congress is generally called "South Loop" (not to be confused with the south part of the Loop).


Finally, the Loop proper is considered to be the five-by-seven-block area contained within the circuit formed by elevated Chicago Transit Authority train lines. These boundaries are: Lake Street on the north, Wells Street on the west, Van Buren Street on the south, and Wabash Avenue on the east. The L is the principal urban heavy rail and metro serving Chicago, Illinois in the United States. ...


Some people would consider North Michigan Avenue part of the Loop, although this is incorrect; it is officially part of the Near North Side community area. The Near North Side is the part of Chicago, Illinois just north of the downtown central business distict (the Loop). ...


Neighborhoods

New Eastside

The New Eastside is a mixed-use district east of Michigan Avenue between the Chicago River and Grant Park. It encompasses the entire Illinois Center and Lakeshore East developments, as well as separate developments like Aon Center, Prudential Plaza, and 333 North Michigan. The area has a triple-level street system and is bisected by Columbus Drive. Illinois Center is a mixed-use urban development in downtown Chicago, Illinois, lying east of Michigan Avenue. ... The Aon Center in downtown Chicago, Illinois Aon Center The Aon Center (200 East Randolph Street) in Chicago, Illinois was designed by architect Edward Durell Stone and completed in 1972. ... Service level South Water Street; there are three levels here Downtown Chicago, Illinois, both north and south of the Chicago River, has some double-decked and even a few triple-decked streets. ...


Printer's Row

Printer's Row, also known as Printing House Row, is a neighborhood located in the southern portion of the Loop community area of Chicago. It is bounded by Congress Parkway on the north, Polk Street on the south, Plymouth Court on the east, and the Chicago River on the west. The signature street is Dearborn Street where the annual Printer's Row Book Fair [1] is held. Originally, the buildings in this area were used by printing and publishing businesses. Today, the buildings have mainly been converted into residential lofts. Part of Printer's Row is an official landmark district [2]. Neighbourhood is also a term in topology. ... Compass rose with north highlighted and at top North is one of the four cardinal directions, specifically the direction that, in Western culture, is treated as the primary direction: north is used (explicitly or implicitly) to define all other directions; the (visual) top edges of maps usually correspond to the... A compass rose with South highlighted South is most commonly a noun, adjective, or adverb indicating direction or geography. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A compass rose with west highlighted This article refers to the cardinal direction; for other uses see West (disambiguation). ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ...


South Loop

Most of the area south of Congress Parkway and east of the Chicago River, possibly excepting Printer's Row, is referred to as the South Loop. The southern boundary of the neighborhood is under debate. While the southern boundary for the community area is Roosevelt Road, the term "South Loop" is often used to describe an area that extends as far south as 18th Street or Cermak Road. Numerous shops south of Roosevelt Road with "South Loop" in their name hint that this more generous definition may be gaining recognition.


The more restrictively-defined area includes River City, the northern half of Dearborn Park, and portions of State Street, Wabash Avenue, and Michigan Avenue. The more generous definitions would include the Central Station development, Dearborn Park II, the Prairie District, and even the northern growth of Chinatown.


Notable landmarks in the Chicago Loop

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