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A Look Back at 2015 in the Loop

2015 was a monumental year for the Loop!

Outdoor Spaces

Photo Credit: Chicago Architecture Foundation

We strengthened our roots as the “city in a garden” with new outdoor spaces. The opening of Maggie Daley Park strengthened the Loop as a community, supplying a one-of-a-kind outdoor playground for Chicago’s children to explore; while the Chicago Riverwalk completion provided an urban oasis with the Chicago River as the focal point.

 

The Loop’s New Traditions

NFL Draft (Photo by Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images)

Photo Credit: CBS

Sports fans, foodies, and architecture lovers all had new reasons to visit the Loop in 2015. Events such as the NFL Draft, James Beard Awards and Chicago Architecture Biennial brought national attention to Chicago and highlighted the Loop as a center of new ideas.

 

Investments

Photo Credit: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel 

An astonishing number of destination brands and dynamic local businesses invested in the Loop. The Chicago Athletic Association, Virgin Hotel Chicago and Renaissance Chicago were just a few of the new openings and renovations.

 

CLA Continues Work on State Street

Photo Credit:©Adam Alexander Photography 

2015 was also a momentous year for Chicago Loop Alliance. In December, we secured the reconstitution of the State Street Special Service Area—the primary funding mechanism for Chicago Loop Alliance—guaranteeing our work will continue for another 15 years.

 

Chi-Town Rising

Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune

2016 looks even more promising for the Loop. Tonight’s Chi-Town Rising marks the city’s first official New Year’s Eve celebration, rivaling that of New York’s ball drop, with a 70-foot star that will rise 260 feet up the Hyatt Regency Chicago.   


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