Chicago Loop, Illinois
Chicago’s downtown Loop is community area 32, one of 77 designated neighborhoods in Chicago, Illinois. It is the central business district of Chicago and includes the city’s commercial core, City Hall, state and federal courts and the seat of Cook County. It is bounded by the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and Roosevelt Road. The Loop is home to Grant Park, Millennium Park, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera, the Chicago Cultural Center and the public Harold Washington Library. It also includes Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), America’s tallest building.
The Loop contains many well-known outdoor sculptures, including works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Henry Moore, Marc Chagall, Magdaena Abakanowicz, Alexander Calder and Jean Dubuffet.
The Loop, along with the rest of downtown Chicago, is the second largest commercial business district in the United States, after New York City's Midtown Manhattan. Its financial district near LaSalle Street is home to the Chicago Board of Trade, the Chicago Board of Options Exchange and Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
The Richard J. Daley Center houses the Cook county law courts, which is the largest court system is the United States. The James R. Thompson Center is the city office for Illinois state government.
The Loop also includes a host of colleges: Columbia College Chicago, Robert Morris University, Roosevelt University, Illinois Institute of Technology’s law school, Kent School of Law, the John Marshall Law School, and large portions of DePaul University’s campus, including many of its graduate schools, including its law school. A lot of the Loop is considered downtown Chicago and is an area where many tourists visit not only because there is a big shopping district, but also because of its proximity to the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. It is considered a wealthy area and one of the safer neighborhoods in the city.
In what is now the Loop Community Area, on the south bank of the Chicago River, near today's Michigan Avenue Bridge, the U.S. Army erected Fort Dearborn in 1803. It was the first settlement in the area sponsored by the United States.
According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago, the Loop got its name from the shape the cable cars made as they turned around on a pulley in the center of the city. The Loop system was completed in 1897 and created a systematic transportation system that helped ensure the significance of Chicago’s historic influence in the development of the metropolis. All of Chicago’s 19th-century railroads were located at the edges of the central business district, which created a circle of stations around the center of the city.
The Loop has always been home to a diverse group of people. Even in the 1850s a host of different races and cultures inhabited this area in the city. After the expansion of the business district north along Michigan Avenue, more residential buildings were constructed in the Loop, which expanded facilities for educational and cultural programs.
The Loop is 1.58 square miles in area. According to the 2010 United States Census, 62.7% of the area’s population is white, 11.48% are black, 6.86% are Hispanic, 15.9% are Asian and 3.06% are other. The population is 29,283 and growing dramatically. The median age is 37.2. The median income is $78,124 and the median family income is $90,883. The average household size is 1.57 people. There are 10,430 housing units in the Loop. The median home value is $710,000. Median rent is $1,765.
In the Loop, 96% of the residents are high school graduates or higher. A total of 80.1% of residents in the Loop hold a bachelor’s degree.
Kreisman Law Offices is located in the heart of Chicago’s Loop. We handle Illinois lawsuits for the entire Chicago metropolitan area, including the Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Chicago's Robert D. Kreisman of Kreisman Law Offices has over 40 years of trial experience and specializes in a wide range of legal services, including Illinois personal injury law, mediations and arbitrations, Illinois product defect/product liability law, Illinois medical malpractice claims and lawsuits, probate, real estate law, commercial litigation and Illinois nursing home abuse cases. Please call us 24 hours a day at 312.346.0045 or toll free 800.583.8002 for a free and immediate consultation, or complete a contact form online. Our office handles Spanish speakers with our bilingual staff.
Our Chicago Loop office is in a convenient location for Chicago area residents. Kreisman Law Offices is located at the corner of Dearborn and Monroe Streets. There are many convenient modes of public transportation to Kreisman Law Offices Loop location, including the Metra and CTA and there is ample parking available, both on the street and in the many public garages.