Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation
The Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) corporation that develops, supports and promotes artistic, cultural and public events that benefit businesses, individuals and stakeholders within the service area of Chicago Loop Alliance.
The Foundation backs programs and initiatives in priority areas, such as increasing arts participation, strengthening cultural programming in the community, fostering cross-sector partnerships, supporting public arts education and more. By funding the efforts of Chicago Loop Alliance—specific to program areas related to art, design and technology—the Foundation widens the resources applied to issues that help build an infrastructure of support and awareness.
Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation 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. Examples of the Foundation's projects and programs include:
- ACTIVATE, which transforms iconic Loop alleys into pop-up urban experiences filled with art and music
- Pop-Up Art Loop, which transforms empty storefronts in the Loop into cultural activations open to the public
- The Gateway, an experiment in placemaking that transformed a formerly underutilized median on State Street into a popular gathering place
- Public art initiatives, including Float, a colorful mural at the intersection of State and Adams