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The Loop is a neighborhood of Chicago.
Business hub framed by the El; bounded by Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.
Fort Dearborn was established, in 1804, on the south bank of the Chicago River.

In 1812, Indians destroyed the fort and killed many soldiers and settlers.

Street cars came to State Street in 1859, helping to spur large-scale growth during the Civil War.

The Fire of 1871 destroyed almost all of the buildings in the center of the city.

By widening State Street and constructing the Palmer House Hotel, in the 1860s and 1870s, Potter Palmer almost single-handedly made State Street the center of downtown Chicago commerce.

From the 1950s onwards, with the increased use of automobiles and the rise of the suburbs, the Loop's influence over the city began to lessen.

The term "Loop" actually predates the creation of elevated trains that enclose the area. Nearly ten years before the completion of the elevated trains, in the 1880s, when cable cars were still the primary means of downtown transportation, Chicagoans referred to the area as the loop.
Local festivals include:
  • Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival - Aug. 25-26, 2007
Dates often change. Check The Loop web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Grant Park
Historic sites and museums: Art Institute of Chicago

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