Loop Chicago

Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation


The Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation is a 501(c)(3) affiliate organization that pushes the limits of what a downtown can be for its residents, workers and visitors. The Foundation seeks to enrich the Loop’s public spaces through artistic expression and free cultural programing. By building a connection between people and the places they share, the Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation hopes to create an inclusive downtown environment that fosters creativity and enhances the Loop’s appeal to the people and businesses that are a part of it.

Through support from the Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation’s Annual Meeting, Illumination Gala and corporate sponsorship, the Foundation is able to provide and support strategic initiatives that improve the vibrancy of the Loop’s public spaces. Recent Foundation initiatives include:

ACTIVATE

  • ACTIVATE transforms alleys and other urban locations into creative exhibition spaces that bring local artists and the public together for an evening of exploration, interaction and celebration of the arts. More than 61,000 people from nearly every Chicago neighborhood have attended ACTIVATE since the program launched in 2014.

The Shape of Chicago: John Massey’s 1968 Banners Revisited

  • In 2018, Chicago Loop Alliance partnered with the Terra Foundation and the Chicago Design Museum to inspire Chicago Public School students to think about art, design and public space through the lens of famous Chicago artist John Massey. Using the design language of Massey’s historic 1968 State Street banners, students created art that represented what they love about Chicago, to be showcased on State Street in planter boxes under replications of Massey’s original work. Students also created audio tracks discussing the inspiration for their designs, which were played over Chicago Loop Alliance’s Lightscape, a multisensory light and sound installation located in planter boxes along State Street.

Public Art Initiatives

  • Chicago Loop Alliance’s public art installations attract visitors to overlooked or otherwise under-appreciated corners of the Loop. Some of Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation’s most recent public art initiatives include “Races,” an abstract steel sculpture created by Bobby Scribner installed on The Gateway in 2016, and “Bringing the Power to the People,” a mural off of State Street by artist Sam Kirk, whose work celebrates people and inspires pride and recognition for underrepresented communities.

The Gateway

  • The Gateway, a designated “people plaza” by the City of Chicago, transforms what was once a drab median at State and Lake streets into a popular gathering space with public art and seating for visitors, workers, residents and students to share.

SUPPORT Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation

In Chicago, the Loop is everyone’s neighborhood. It is the place where workers, residents and visitors share space and experiences. Supporting Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation’s efforts to advance the Loop as a high-performing urban environment is possible through a variety of giving and sponsorship opportunities, including Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation’s Annual Meeting, Illumination Gala and project sponsorship.