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5 Things You Need To Know for Tomorrow’s Chicago Cubs World Series Parade

It’s time to celebrate our 2016 World Series Champion, the Chicago Cubs!

Although details are still being finalized, those traveling to the Loop Friday should expect to encounter additional traffic and street closures as a result of the parade and rally.


Quincy & Wells CTA Station Gets Renovation

The Quincy “L” station opened in 1897, making it almost 120 years old. It is one of the busiest stations on the CTA system, providing more than 2.2 million rides annually on the Brown, Orange, Pink and Purple lines. The station also serves as a major-modal transfer point for 10 bus routes, and it is a connection for both Union Station and the LaSalle Street Metra Station.


Gabe Klein: Don’t Be Afraid to Screw Up and Learn

Join me at Chicago Loop Alliance’s Annual Meeting this Thursday where I’ll talk about the power of public-private partnerships as well as urban policy and transportation innovation.  Until then, enjoy this excerpt from my new book.


A Look Back at 2015 in the Loop

2015 was a monumental year for the Loop!


5 Things You Need to Know about the City's First Bus Rapid Transit

The city’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) is set to begin service this Sunday, December 20. Called Loop Link, the project aims to make it easier, safer and more reliable for Loop commuters by providing a balanced separation of CTA bus, bike and regular traffic. 


State Street Retail Growth One of the Highest in the Country

The Loop’s iconic State Street has landed on National Real Estate Investor’s list of “Top 5 U.S. Streets Where Retail Rents Have Shown the Greatest Growth,” with a 16.7 percent annual growth in rents as of June 2015.


Helping Chicago's Veterans

Over the past year, Chicago Loop Alliance’s Street Team Ambassadors have been working with the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) to support the Ending Veteran’s Homelessness Initiative. Set by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in September 2014, the initiative aims to end veteran homelessness by December 31, 2015.


Chicago Comes Alive with Conversations Rooted in the Humanities

The Chicago Humanities Festival will present over 130 programs focusing on this year’s theme, Citizens from October 24 to November 8, 2015.


The Loop's Newest Nap Space

Channel your inner preschooler, because the Loop is about to get its nap on.  Bottom Line Yoga transforms into a nap space from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Yes, you read that right. A nap space. 


Leadership Forum: The Park Effect

Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) will host a public Leadership Forum on Wednesday, May 6 from 8 - 9:15 a.m. focusing on the economic impact of public space.


Celebrate Chicago Dance Month – Free Performances at Pritzker Park this April

Location: Pritzker Park

Chicago Dance Month is giving you one more reason to love Fridays! “Thank Dance It’s Friday: TDIF!” is coming to Pritzker Park this April with free dance performances from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. 


Chicago Loop Alliance announces final Transforming Wabash Report

Chicago Loop Alliance just announced its final Transforming Wabash Report, a series of short- and long-term projects to promote and strengthen the historic Wabash Avenue district downtown. The Report is the result of a yearlong series of planning charrettes involving over 100 of Chicago’s business, civic and cultural leaders with a stake in revitalizing Wabash Avenue and making the district more economically competitive.


World of Beer Coming to Chicago – The Top 5 Reasons Why We Couldn’t Be More Excited

World of Beer is headed to the Loop! The craft beer restaurant, whose menu boasts more than 550 beers from around the world, will occupy the ground floor of 15-19 S. Wabash Ave.


Celebrating the Chinese New Year in Chicago

The Loop will come alive with the sights, sounds, and tastes of Chinese culture during the Chinese New Year. From awe-inspiring traditional Chinese music to rooftop celebrations, there are plenty of ways to ring in the Year of the Sheep!


Chicago Theatre Week Takes Center Stage: Five Facts about Theatre in Chicago

Chicago’s world-renowned theatre scene is taking center stage during the third annual Chicago Theatre Week. From February12-22, over 100 productions are being showcased throughout Chicago with a special ticket price of either $15 or $30 (or less). The Loop, which is home to Chicago’s Theatre District, has 10 participating productions. From Broadway debuts to magic shows, the depth of theatre presented demonstrates the large scope of exciting productions offered year-round.


Virgin Hotel opens its doors in the Loop

Location: Virgin Hotels Chicago

The world's first Virgin Hotel opened its doors on January 15 in the Old Dearborn Bank building at 203 N. Wabash Ave. The 26-story Art Deco building, a Chicago landmark, includes 250 guest rooms, 40 one-bedroom suites and two penthouse suites.


A Fond Farewell to Altman’s Shoes

Opened in 1967, Altman’s Shoes is an exemplary case of a family-run business with deep roots in our downtown Chicago community. Although they are closing their store in the Loop at the end of this year, Chicago Loop Alliance would like to take this moment to pay tribute to Altman’s and their legacy downtown.


88-story Wanda Vista hotel and residence planned for Lakeshore East

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today presided over the signing of an architect agreement between Beijing-based Wanda Group and Magellan Development Group to build an 88-story mixed-use hotel, condominium and retail building at the edge of the Loop in the Lakeshore East area. This marks one of the final steps to bringing the $900 million Wanda Vista project to Chicago, and adds another important milestone to the Loop's rapid growth as a residential neighborhood.


How theWit Hotel Transformed State Street Nightlife – ABC-7

Sporting a bold exterior and an even bolder ROOFtop party, theWit Hotel and has become the face of nightlife in the Loop since its opening in 2009.


Southern-style Cooking Coming to the Loop

“Yonder,” a spinoff from Wishbone's Guy Nickson, is Chicago’s newest Southern picnic cafeteria, and it’s opening October 7 for breakfast and lunch in the Loop.

The cafeteria-style restaurant, located on the third floor of 5 S Wabash Avenue, will seat 70, but that will be on only about a dozen communal tables. Patrons will choose their meals from digital “chalkboards” and then sit to enjoy a Southern, community-style meal.

“The idea is the bring community together and have the serendipity of dining together,” said Mr. Nickson to Crain’s Ari Bendersky.

Items on the menu will be familiar already to Wishbone patrons: pancakes, corn cakes, omelets, shrimp and grits, and biscuits and gravy for breakfast; collard greens, sweet potatoes, catfish, chicken, a carving station and barbecue brisket at lunch.

According to their website, the concept and naming “is a rendering of that break in the trees where the work stops and life turns festive over corn bread, BBQ, catfish and greens.”

Yum. Chicago Loop Alliance welcomes Mr. Nickson and Yonder to the Loop, and we wish him all the best!


World's Largest Camera in Chicago

“Butterflies & Buffalo: Tales of American Culture” and the world’s largest camera are in Chicago.

BBTAC is a photographic documentary project produced by renowned Chicago photographer, Dennis Manarchy. Embarking on a 20,000-mile nationwide documentary journey across the United States, the project seeks to capture the most ethnically diverse nation in the world with a massive, massive (did I say massive?) MASSIVE camera lens.

The camera itself spans a full 35 feet and churns out 6-foot negatives. Amazingly, a traditionally designed camera constructed on such a large scale can produce images “with over 1000x more detail than today’s most advanced digital cameras.”

The result? An exhibition of 24-foot portraits, the likes of which have never been seen in the 200-year-old world of cameras.

Sound like it’s worth a look? The good news is that the camera is free and open to the public at Two N. Riverside Plaza from 7am – 7pm daily.

Follow @BigChiCamera on Twitter for daily updates.


Chicago sees record number of overseas visitors in 2012

More good news for tourism to Chicago.

This morning, Mayor Emanuel made the unexpected announcement that Chicago saw a record 1.369 million overseas visitors in 2012. Based on the data, which is recorded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the increase of 14.2% in 2012 from 2011 moves the city's ranking nationwide to 9th place.

This is a welcome trend for Chicago and, in particular, the Loop, which is home to several of the city's main tourist attractions -- Millennium Park and Skydeck Chicago, most notably. It also moves the city one step closer to its goal of being the 5th most visited city in America, with an annual 50 million visitors. Earlier this summer, the Mayor announced that visitation to the city in 2012 had returned to pre-recession levels.

Read more on today's announcement from the Chicago Tribune.


Get social at Social Media Week Chicago

Here at Chicago Loop Alliance our staff is privy in the ways of social media. We share information between each other via social media, but most importantly we dispense and find content that will be of interest to our readers, followers, and fans. As a non-profit organization, social media is one of our best friends. It’s easy, free, and honest way to connect with the people that are part of our organization and the people our organization serves. We pride ourselves on being accessible to the public, whether they have questions that need answering or just want to share their thoughts on our latest initiative. 

Biking to (and through) the Loop is about to get easier

On August 5, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein announced plans to install the first protected bike lanes in the Loop later this year. The announcement is part of the ambitious Streets for Cycling Plan 2020, which aims to "identify a network of innovative bicycle facilities that will encourage all Chicagoans to use their bikes to get around their neighborhoods."


Open Streets is returning to the Loop

Saturday, September 8
10 am - 3 pm
State & Monroe Streets

Enjoy Chicago's historic Loop - with its breathtaking architecture, renowned museums, and world-class dining and entertainment - when it is transformed into the ultimate playground. Play among skyscrapers, take in a pop-up performance, or skate a half-pipe: an urban adventure starts on State Street. Activities include:


Ty Tabing resigns from CLA

Chicago Loop Alliance staff says goodbye to its Executive Director Ty Tabing, who announced his resignation. Ty has been a key figure in the renaissance of the Loop, pioneering Looptopia, Pop-Up Art Loop, Art Loop Open, Winter WonderLoop and Open Streets on State Street among others. Many of these creative endeavors will continue as his legacy.