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Support the Loop at the 8th annual Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation gala

Next Friday, October 12, the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel will serve as the ultimate gathering place for the Loop community at the eighth annual Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation gala.

The gala benefits the Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation, whose mission is to develop and promote artistic, cultural, and public events within the service area of the Chicago Loop Alliance. These initiatives enhance the character of the Loop, contribute to its competitive position as a mixed-use destination, and promote economic development and tourism in the area. Using a strategy known as “creative placemaking,” the Foundation produces exciting programs like Pop-Up Art Loop and Art Loop, which benefit businesses, individuals, and stakeholders in Chicago’s central business district.

By bringing together elements of culture and commerce, the Foundation ensures that the Loop continues to thrive as a vibrant and flourishing neighborhood where people live, work, and play.

Special thanks to Pressure Washing Systems for again supporting the gala as its presenting sponsor. The Board of Directors of Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation invite you to join the host of businesses and organizations who have already purchased tickets for a night of dinner and dancing to support this important cause.

Please note that black tie attire is requested.


Farm -- to city -- to table

There are many perks to working in the Loop, but one has to be the variety of things to do during your lunch break. From shopping on State Street to picnicking in Millennium Park, the Loop offers a ton of ways to escape from the office. One of our favorites is hitting up the farmers market. There are two markets a week offered in the Loop: Tuesdays at Federal Plaza and Thursdays at Daley Plaza. If you have never been one of the farmers markets in the Loop, you absolutely must check out this chance to see rural meet urban. Where else can you see heirloom tomatoes reflected in a modernist glass and steel skyscraper? And, how often do you see a man in a suit and tie selecting ears of corn? The variety of produce is really amazing. Peaches, peppers, blueberries, green beans, watermelons, potatoes, herbs, cucumbers, squash, onions -- you name it, they’re growing, and selling, it.