walking in chicago

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  1. If you just want to walk around the looped train tracks, that doesn't take any preparation. However, if there are particular sites that you would like to see, then plan ahead because there are several days worth of things to see. Either plan to visit the Loop neighborhood on more than one day or prioritize that attractions that interest you and save other ones for a return visit.

  2. Step 2

    Get to the Loop. Parking is expensive and hard to find in the area. You can take the orange, green, purple or brown lines to and around the Loop.

  3. Step 3

    Walk around the looped CTA tracks. They include, at various points, the orange, green, purple or brown lines. The tracks run along Lake Street, Wabash Avenue, Van Buren Street and Wells Street.

  4. Step 4

    Look at the diverse architecture of Chicago. The City Hall County Building dates back to 1911. The Chicago Board of Trade Building is a sample of Art Deco style. The Rookery is a national historic landmark featuring a lobby redesigned by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Sears Tower, since 1973 the tallest building in the U.S., is in the southwest part of the Loop neighborhood. The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers tours by foot, bus and boat.