The Near South Side is a community area of Chicago, Illinois, United States, just south of the downtown central business district, the Loop with a population of 24,729. It is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. A downtown culture hub, the Near South Side is home to waterfront Museum Campus, with The Field Museum’s giant T. Rex “Sue,” indoor reefs at Shedd Aquarium, and space shows at Adler Planetarium. Big-name acts perform outdoors at Huntington Bank Pavilion, and the Chicago Bears play football at Soldier Field. In the Prairie Avenue Historic District, visitors tour Victorian homes, like the influential Glessner House. Near South Side is a prime place to experience urban living. Because of the historical Mercy Hospital, many medical professionals call this neighborhood home, as do artists taking advantage of the large, open layouts and studio space. In Near South Side there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks.