Tag Archives: The Loop

175 Days to Love Chicago: Bike to Work Week

Bike to Work Week is back, June 11-15! With a downtown bike commuter rally, free outdoor spin classes at Cloud Gate and free screenings of bike-themed films like Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, this FREE week-long celebration–and our 175 Days to Love Chicago pick for Monday, June 11–is sure to make Chicago a little greener and a [...]

175 Ways to Love Chicago: History is Hott Tour

The Palmer House Hilton Hotel is steeped in history: it first opened its doors in 1871 and has been in continuous operation ever since. The contributions that Bertha and Potter Palmer made in the hospitality business, to women’s rights, to music and so much more—issues that directly speak to the history of Chicago!—are explored in this [...]

175 Ways to Love Chicago: 5 Ways to See Chicago’s Influence on World Architecture

Listen in as Lynn Osmond, President and CEO of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, lays out a few of the many ways that Chicago’s manmade masterpieces and master plan for city development have inspired architects and cityscapes around the world.

5 Chicago Artists Month Events Happening in the Loop

It’s Chicago Artists Month in October! From sculptures to comics, from text to video, there are so many different art forms – and artists – to see this month!  Here’s a guide to weekend arts events happening in the Loop, September 30 – October 2: See Art in the Letters On Friday 9/30, come to the opening [...]

Explore Chicago on a FREE Instagreeter Tour!

Looking for a fun way to Explore Chicago this summer? Instagreeter offers FREE informal, on-the-spot guided walks of the Loop, Millennium Park, Hyde Park, Old Town, and our newest neighborhood outpost, Pilsen, this summer. Drop in any time within the hours that Instagreeter is offered – no registration required. Perfect as a last-minute alternative for guests looking to [...]

Memorial Day Recap

Good morning! In case you were out enjoying Chicago’s beautiful summer weather yesterday, here’s a recap of the suggested itineraries, free events, and trip planning tools that we highlighted: Welcome to the Urban Excursions Blog! Top 5 Free and Fun Events This Week, Monday, May 30 – Sunday, June 5 5 Things to Do…If You’re [...]

5 Things to Do if you’re headed to….Downtown Sound in Millennium Park

It’s no secret that Millennium Park is the place to be on Monday nights this summer: the highly anticipated FREE concert series, Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays, has returned to the park, featuring an eclectic mix of music discoveries. This week’s concert features Phosphorescent, fresh from Cochella, and The Campbell Brothers, masters of the steel guitar. [...]

Top 5 Hotels with History from Michelin Travel Editors

Enjoy a look at these historic Chicago hotels, brought to you by the editors of the Michelin Guides! Chicago has always been a magnet for visitors, from 1860, when Chicago became the center of the world’s largest railroad network, and the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition to today, when Chicago recently welcomed some 40-plus million domestic [...]

5 Famous Film Scenes Shot in the Loop

Did you know that over 800 feature films and television productions have been shot in Chicago since 1989, including Transformers: Dark of the Moon, coming out in theaters on June 29, 2011. Explore Chicago’s On Location badge for Foursquare, a FREE game for your mobile phone, takes you to many of the locations where these [...]

6 Ways to Travel Back in Time in The Loop

Arrive at the Quincy / Wells ‘L’ Stop, (220 S. Wells Street): Opened on October 3, 1897, the Quincy / Wells ‘L’ stop is one of the CTA’s oldest stations. Restored in 1988, it retains much of its original wood and stamped metal décor. Gaze at “The Picasso” (untitled sculpture) in Daley Plaza: (50 W. [...]