Loop Chicago

Chicago Loop Alliance

Chicago Loop Alliance creates, manages and promotes high-performing urban experiences, attracting people and investment to the Loop.

The organization was founded in 2005 following a merger between the Central Michigan Avenue Association and the Greater State Street Council, which was created in 1929 and consisted of local merchants eager to promote economic prosperity for their businesses during the Great Depression. Its project boundaries are the Chicago River on the north and west, Congress Parkway on the south, and generally Michigan Avenue on the east, with a few blocks extending northeast to Columbus Drive in an area north of Millennium Park called Lakeshore East.

Chicago Loop Alliance's members consist of more than 250 businesses, organizations and individuals located within the Loop and Downtown Chicago.

Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation

The Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) affiliate organization whose mission is to develop, support and promote artistic, cultural and public events that benefit businesses, individuals and stakeholders within the service area of 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.

Special Service Area #1

Chicago Loop Alliance is contracted by the City of Chicago as the sole service provider for the State Street Special Service Area (SSA) #1. An SSA is commonly known in other cities as a Business Improvement District (BID) and is a local assessment district that funds enhanced city services and programs—from landscaping to destination marketing campaigns—within a targeted area.

SSA #1 includes all property on both sides of State Street between Wacker Drive to the north and Congress Parkway to the south. Each year, the State Street Commission—made up of mayoral appointments with aldermanic support—approves a budget for SSA #1 which is determined by the levy the city collects.