Chicago Loop Alliance leads the community by creating and supporting inclusive programs that attract people and investment to the Loop.
Chicago Loop Alliance's services and projects are in place to realize the vision of keeping the Loop a vibrant global business district and recognized world-class destination. As a member-based business organization, Chicago Loop Alliance:
- Represents the Chicago Loop, the largest central business district in the U.S. outside of Midtown Manhattan
- Services the oldest and largest Special Service Area in Chicago (SSA#1-2015, State Street between Ida B. Wells and Wacker Drive)
- Works with affiliate organization, Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation, to create free arts and culture programs, such as Sundays on State
- Promotes the Loop as a premier destination for workers, residents, visitors, and tourists
The Loop's boundaries are the Chicago River to the north and west, Ida B. Wells Drive on the south and Lake Michigan on the east.
I.D.E.A. Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Access
Return on investment
CLA's Core Competencies
Advocating for government policies
Navigating government processes
Promoting the Loop
Delivering proactive results
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 Street1912
State Street Info Booth1950s
State Facing South1964