Chicago's central business district is nicknamed the ‘Loop' because of the elevated ‘El' train tracks looping around the city center. It's one of the best public transit systems in the country, and Silversmith Hotel is literally in the middle of it all. The Red, Blue, Orange, Pink, Green, Brown, and Purple trains are all steps away from our boutique accommodations, along with a myriad of buses and taxis to whisk you anywhere in the Chicago Loop, and beyond.
Chicago Loop Fares
$2.25 - Single Ride
$5.75 - 1-day Unlimited
$14.00 - 3-day Unlimited
$23.00 - 7-day Unlimited
Chicago Loop Stations Near Silversmith Hotel
Washington El Train Station (Washington & S. Wabash)
Brown, Pink, Purple, Orange, and Green Lines
Monroe Subway Stations
Red (State Street Subway), and Blue (Dearborn Street Subway) Lines
Buses run every 10-20 minutes, while trains run every 7-10 minutes during the day and early evening, and every 10-15 minutes later in the night. With skyscrapers, historic landmarks, endless shopping, and office buildings all across the city, everything Chicago has to offer is just a transit pass away. Just ask our Concierge where to buy one, get yours, and get riding! Some popular stops along the way include:
Chicago Loop Attractions
Art Institute Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is home to over 300,000 works of art from around the world, some as old as 3,000 BC. Considered one of the greatest museums in the world, The Art Institute has an impressive collection of world-famous French Impressionist paintings and drawings, including 30 by Claude Monet. The diverse museum also boasts a famous collection of 20th century art along with galleries featuring decorative and fine arts from America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.
Visitors may also enjoy old drawings by the masters, photography, textiles, Chinese jades, architectural drawings, and medieval armor. The Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, and Purple lines of the El all stop above ground at Adams/Wabash, one block west of the museum. The Red and Blue lines stop underground at Monroe, just a few blocks away.
This must-see attraction is not only one of Chicago's most popular attractions but it is also one of the largest fountains in the world. Located in Grant Park, this beautiful fountain has sea horses on all four sides to symbolize each of the four states around Lake Michigan: Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. Every hour on the hour for 20 minutes, the fountain produces a dazzling water display and the center jet shoots 150 feet into the air. Take the El Blue Line to Jackson stop or Lasalle stop.
Macy's on State Street
Macy's impressive Midwest flagship store is located in the historic Marshall Field's building on State Street. This store is the first and largest Tiffany glass-tiled ceiling in the world, accompanied by a fountain, which adds architectural details like no other Macy's. This 12-floored department store brings history and appeal to Chicago. Take the El Train, as they stop here. Red Line: Lake Street, Blue Line: Washington, Brown and Orange Lines: Randolph/Wabash, Green Line: Randolph/Washington.
The Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower, is the tallest building in the United States and the seventh-tallest freestanding structure in the world. The skyscraper is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chicago. From Skydeck on the 103rd floor, you can take in the view of Chicago's awe-inspiring skyline and up to 50 miles of the surrounding landscape on a clear day. And for those who dare, enjoy the most thrilling vertical view from The Ledge, the Willis Tower's glass floor balconies hanging 1,353 feet over Wacker Drive. Take the El train's Brown, Orange, Purple, or Pink lines to Quincy Street Station.
Millennium Park is 24.5 acres in downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue. It is an outstanding place for art, music, architecture and landscape design. The park is another example of the cultural diversity of the great city of Chicago. Inspiring works of art such as the Cloud Gate, the Crown Fountain, a mammoth stainless steel sculpture and the beautiful Lurie Garden surround the sophisticated outdoor concert venue called the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Enjoy free classical music presentations by the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, view breathtaking works of public art and architecture, ice skating and alfresco dining. From the Green, Orange, Brown, Pink and Purple Line Express El lines, exit at Madison/Wabash or Randolph/Wabash and walk two blocks east.
The Chicago Theatre
The Chicago Theatre showcases blockbuster concerts and performances and was hailed as the "Wonder Theater of the World" when it opened in 1921. This historic theater was once a lavish movie palace, and featured an amazing line-up of concerts and comedy shows with the world's brightest stars including Frank Sinatra to Prince. Built in French Baroque style, the Chicago Theatre features an ornate exterior with a replica of Paris' Arc de Triomphe sculpted above its iconic State Street "C-H-I-C-A-G-O" marquee. A symbol of State Street and Chicago, the sign and marquee are landmarks to the Windy City. From the Brown, Green, Pink, Orange and Purple Line Express El lines, exit at State/Lake.
Three of the world's finest museums are located on the lakefront just south of the Loop in an area known as Museum Campus. On this stretch of land, The Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium offer visitors of all ages the opportunity to explore the natural world up close. Visit the world's largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton named ‘Sue' at the Field Museum. Encounter sharks and other magnificent creatures of the deep sea face to face at the Shedd Aquarium. At the Adler Planetarium, enjoy the Sky Show and other interactive exhibits that bring the outer space to you. From the Red Line subway, or the Green and Orange EL, exit at Roosevelt.
Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile is a prestigious mecca of shopping, dining, and entertainment in downtown Chicago. 460 world-class stores, four shopping centers, amazing restaurants, unique boutique shops, theaters, museums, and art galleries can all be found along the eight blocks that constitute the "Mile." Check out Chicago Place and Water Tower Place along with American Girl, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Crate & Barrel, FAO Schwartz, Saks 5th Avenue and Niketown all in one place. From the Red Line subway, exit at the Chicago station and walk three blocks east.