We are the city that works. And the Loop is at the center of Chicago’s powerful workforce. Chicago Loop Alliance would like to recognize the over 300,000 Loop workers contributing their heart, talent and tenacity to their job each day with the Loop Employee of the Month Award!
What is it?
Each month from March 2019 to February 2020, a Loop Employee of the Month will be recognized for being great at what they do, contributing to their community, or inspiring those around them. Winners will receive an impressive prize package from our community partners , a professional photo shoot, an article on LoopChicago.com, and be featured in an artistic mural dedicated to the Loop worker in 2020.
Nominate yourself, a co-worker, or anyone who works in the Loop and is great at what they do, contributes to their community, or inspires those around them. We are not looking for any specific job, title, or company – our only specifications are you must be at least sixteen years of age and work in the Chicago Loop. The Loop 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.
What they Win
Winners will be featured in an artistic mural dedicated to the Loop worker, which will be completed in 2020. Winners will also receive a professional photo shoot, an article on loopchicago.com and a prize package from community partners valued at $500. Prizes Packages include three or more of the following:
- Two tickets to Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg–The Pygmalion Effect at the Auditorium Theatre
- Four $25 gift cards from The Berghoff Restaurant
- Two Big Bus Tours tickets for each winner
- Four $25 Visa gift cards courtesy of CannonDesign
- $100 gift card to Formento’s
- Two theater tickets from Goodman Theatre for each winner
- $100+ of snacks and beverages from Health Vend/Norman Distribution for each winner
- One-night stay at Hilton Chicago
- Family Membership to the International Museum of Surgical Science and “I Heart Guts” heart plush
- A week of free parking each month from Interpark
- $100 gift card to Land & Lake Kitchen
- One-night stay at the Palmer House Hilton
- Four tickets to either “Detour Guide” or “Twice, Thrice, Frice” at Silk Road Rising
- $100 gift card to Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique or Sugar Bliss Patisserie
- Catered lunch for 20 from Wow Bao
- $100 gift card to The Dearborn
Tips for Nominations
Help your nominee stand out by providing plenty of details as to why you think they should be recognized. The more stories, anecdotes, and examples, the better. Self-nominations are also highly encouraged.
Meet your Loop Co-Workers
Congratulations to our Loop Employee of the Month winners. Explore their stories:
March 20194 MIN READ - Our Loop Employee of the Month Award winner for March is Marion Batey, Business Relations Specialist for the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. Learn more about Marion and her work on the hiring event Hospitality Hires Chicago.
April 20194 MIN READ - Our April Loop Employee of the Month is Malik Gillani, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Silk Road Rising, America’s first theatre and media arts organization dedicated to telling stories of Asian and Middle Eastern communities.
June 20194 MIN READ - Our June Loop Employee of the Month is Beatriz Jara, Events Director for ROOF on theWit. Learn more about how Beatriz worked her way up from a 15-year-old server to a member of theWit's Executive Committee.
July 20194 MIN READ - Pradip Nayak, the July Loop Employee of the Month, came to America, opened a business, and brings joy to his customers every day.
September 20194 MIN READ - Beyond a passion for his job, Jerome Pickens, the September Loop Employee of the Month, is full of compassion for his community.
October 20194 MIN READ - Gwendolyn Matthews is the heart and soul of Carpe Librum, a beloved used book store in Block 37 run by the nonprofit organization Turning the Page.
December 20194 MIN READ - Dina Fenili Niekamp is Director of Sales and Marketing at the Kimpton Gray Hotel, but where she really shines is in philanthropy and mentorship.
January 20203 MIN READ - Kathy Bliss serves as the Auditorium Theatre’s Assistant to the CEO, but what sets her apart is all the work she does outside of her job description.
February 2020Nominations are now open for the February Employee of the Month! Nominate yourself, a co-worker, or anyone who works in the Loop and is great at what they do, contributes to their community, and inspires those around them.
Thank You to Our Community Partners
Thank you for supporting the Loop's dynamic work force year-round.