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About Chicago Loop Alliance

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


CLA's Values

Transparency
Partnerships
Constituent services
Innovation
Return on investment

CLA's Core Competencies

Connecting constituents
Implementing programs
Navigating governmental processes
Integrating multiple perspectives

History of Chicago Loop Alliance

Chicago Loop Alliance was founded in 2005 following a merger between the Central Michigan Avenue Association and the Greater State Street Council, which was formed in 1929 and consisted of local merchants eager to promote economic prosperity for their businesses during the Great Depression.

Among the organization's founders were David M. Yates, Frederick D. Corley and R. F. Starr representing Marshall Field & Company; Bruce MacLeish and Charles Miller representing Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company; Walter L. Gregory and Henry L. Hollis representing the Palmer House; and other prominent Chicago pioneers.

Noon on State Street

1912

State Street Info Booth

1950s

State Facing South

1964

Chicago Loop Alliance Today

Chicago Loop Alliance's services and projects are in place to serve the vision of keeping the Loop a vibrant global business district and recognized world-class destination.

Today, Chicago Loop Alliance's members consist of more than 300 businesses, organizations and individuals located within the Loop and throughout Chicago. Its project boundaries are the Chicago River to the north and west, Congress Parkway on the south and Michigan Avenue on the east, with a few blocks extending northeast to Columbus Drive in an area north of Millennium Park called Lakeshore East.

Learn more about Chicago Loop Alliance's projects and services.