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Sharpen Your Cooking Skills at Macy's Culinary Studio

Location: Macy's

Located on the seventh floor of Macy’s State Street is a beautiful 4,200 square-foot, state-of-the-art culinary studio. Until recently, the space was reserved for private events, but cooking classes are now open to the public. Learn how to create everything from decadent salads to salsa while sharpening your cooking skills in the process. 


Celebrate National Wedding Month in the Loop!

February is national wedding month! Whether you are looking for the perfect wedding dress or venue the Loop is a great place to plan and celebrate your big day.


Propose with a Ring from Jeweler's Row this Valentine's Day

An estimated 14 million proposals will happen on Valentine’s Day – making it one of the most popular days to propose in 2016. While that is a lot of love, it is also a lot of engagement rings. Jeweler’s Row, located on Wabash Ave. between Washington and Monroe, is where a majority of Chicago couples will find the perfect engagement ring this weekend.  


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Historic Jewelers Row

Located on Wabash Avenue between Washington and Monroe St., Jewelers Row has been a Chicago Loop gem since 1872. This historic district is home to hundreds of jewelers from around the world. Whether you are looking to buy an engagement ring or just “wow” your loved ones this holiday season, Jewelers Row is a Chicago must-do.


Then and Now: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

In our latest Then & Now post we take a look at the history of the Chicago Athletic Association and its journey to becoming a hotel.


Chicago Riverwalk extension opening this weekend

The western extension of the Chicago Riverwalk will open this weekend, bringing a range of new outdoor attractions to the Loop just in time for summer.


Then and Now: A Look Back at Easter Fashion in the Loop

Spring is here! Take a look back at these Easter advertisements from the Chicago Tribune Archives, and see how fashion and the Loop‘s retailers have changed over the past 100 years.


Chicago Loop Alliance celebrates ten years with announcements about 2015

Chicago Loop Alliance rang in the first day of spring with an Annual Meeting celebrating the tenth anniversary of the organization. The meeting summarized last year’s accomplishments, but also presented a preview of what's to come in 2015.


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.


The Loop in 2014

In 2014, the Loop flourished on every front. As one construction project wrapped up, it seemed like half a dozen more were announced. Vacancies fell and employment rose. We saw millions of people turn out to cheer on their favorite bands, inspiring young athletes, and limit-pushing daredevils. And around every corner, we celebrated some impressive milestones and anniversaries.


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.


Stats: Why we ACTIVATE

Earlier today, we announced some impressive statistics about our ACTIVATE event series; namely, that the program generated an estimated $393,120 in economic impact to Loop businesses to date. More than 14,000 people attended seven ACTIVATE events from September 2013 to October 2014, each of which transformed an iconic downtown alley into a pop-up urban celebration with art, music and interactive experiences.


Then and Now: Macy’s Holiday Traditions

The holidays are rapidly approaching, and Macy’s is preparing for its 107th annual Great Tree lighting at its flagship location on State Street this Saturday, November 8th. In this “Then and Now” entry, we look back at the rich history of Macy’s holiday traditions on State Street.


New Food In The Loop

In a city like Chicago, where new neighborhoods burst with restaurant and bar openings, the Loop’s ever-growing food scene continues to stand out for people who work, live or spend time in the area. I've identified 5 recently opened or forthcoming food joints that make my mouth water and are sure to feed the appetite of any windy-city citizen.


Loop's first commercial movie theater since 1989 coming to Block Thirty Seven

AMC Theaters will open the Loop's first commercial movie theater since 1989 in the upper floors of Block Thirty Seven by early 2016, the mall's owners announced today.


Loop List: 5 Easy Ways to Dress Up for ACTIVATE

August’s fashion inspired ACTIVATE is the perfect opportunity to dress your best and strut your stuff on the runway. Confused about just how to approach your big debut? We’ve compiled this list of suggestions on how to approach your outfit that is sure to make for a very stylish evening, and give you a shot at our fashion-inspired prize package by Macy’s and Balance Spa & Fitness.


Rejoice! The Nosh returns to Block Thirty Seven

Location: Block Thirty Seven

It takes more than a polar vortex to keep one of Chicago's favorite food festivals from serving up a unique experience.

Once confined to the warmer months, The Nosh returns to Block Thirty Seven this February and March, with food served every Thursday and Friday from 11 am - 2 pm. The event, which gathers "food lovers" of all types, features manageable portions from an eclectic mix of local restaurants, encouraging attendees to try something new.


October 2013 Loop List: Illuminating the Gala

With everything from all-natural beauty stores, to time-tested tailors, Chicago's Loop has the ammenities to ensure your big night goes perfectly. Women will find the best dress, shoes and makeup at any one of the Loop's many fashion retailers while men can achieve a classic style with one of the neighborhood's renowned clothiers, cobblers or barbers. As Chicago Loop Alliance approaches it's 9th Annual Gala, we've decided to turn the spotlight on some services to help you create a luminous look and brighten your evening!

1. The Perfect Fit

Get your perfectly-tailored suit from Balani Custom Clothiers, Chicago’s premier sartorial outfitter. Whether you want to update your tux with a fresh twist, or shake things up with a new shirt, Balani’s years of experience guarantee you’ll look sharp!

2. Feel the Burn

Want to tone your Tux-clad bod? The recently opened Anytime Fitness has the trainers, equipment and programs to help you achieve your Gala goal. Women can also check out Chicago Women’s Fitness for an exercise experience that is challenging without being intimidating.

3. A New ‘Do

With products from Aveda, this awesome spot  is perfect for creating that perfect Gala look. Located in Block Thirty Seven, Ladies and Gentlemen Salon is THE place to update your bob, trim your bangs or fluff your bouffant before your big night.

4. The Charmed Life

To spruce up your Gala attire, check out this adorable boutique for hand-crafted jewelry made by local designers. With a wide variety of styles, Local Charm (also in Block Thirty Seven), boasts everything from Bohemian baubles to classic-cut stones and accessories.

5. Scentsational!

Merz Apothecary has been providing all-natural health and beauty products since 1875! Ladies can find a wide assortment of natural floral perfumes ranging from Brown Sugar and Plum, to Wild Gardenia. And men can smell good too with colognes featuring scents of Aged Leather, Whiskey, and Spiced Tobacco.

6. Planes, Trains and….

Automobile Parking! The last thing you should worry about on Gala night is where you’ll park your ride. Use Spot Hero to find a nearby parking spot or, for a great pre/post-Gala party, consider rounding up some friends to go in on a Trolley from Chicago Trolley and Doubledecker Co

7. Frame of Mind

Swap out those uncomfortable contacts for some beautiful Gala glasses. With frames from designers like Chanel, Prada and Tom Ford, Spex has a wide variety of chic looks to complement your eveningwear.

8. Get Primed

Gala preparations can be a lot of work! Relax and grab a pre-event glass of wine from a Chicago institution. Rosebud Prime’s rich atmosphere and wide variety of vino will put you in a great mood and start the evening right!

9. Stay Overnight

Make a night of it by booking a room after the October 25th gala at The Palmer House. They have a variety of rooms to fit any mood you’re in, and special packages to make your stay even more memorable.

10. Recover

Let’s face it, CLA Galas are fun, but they can wear a person out! After a night of dancing, laughing and socializing you’ll need some help to restore your zen. After your stay upstairs, Balance Spa in the Palmer House will offer massages, facials and body wraps to help you recover. With services for couples, this is a great way to end your Gala date.

The CLA Gala will be held on October 25th at the Palmer House Hotel. Please, join us!


Freshii comes to the Palmer House

Known for their delicious and healthy meals on the go, Freshii has opened its newest location in the Palmer House at 17 E. Monroe.


The ever-evolving State Street

So far, 2012 has brought some remarkable changes to the Chicago Loop. From new retail stores to expanding schools, growth on State Street is evident. As the economy begins to improve, the spaces on State Street are filling up fast. Just ask our Pop-Up Art Loop program director, Tristan Hummel, who has noticed this changing landscape as he welcomes new tenants to once empty gallery spaces in the Loop. Though it's sad to see the temporary galleries go, he's “ecstatic that the Pop-Up program is fulfilling its mission to bring new people, in particular new investors, to the Loop.”