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About Chicago Loop Alliance

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Chicago Loop Alliance creates, manages, and promotes positive and inclusive programs that attract people to the Loop and accelerate economic recovery.


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 advocates for the city's rapidly growing central business district. Representing over 300 of the Loop's business, civic, and cultural institutions, CLA is the only organization whose primary role is to promote businesses and lead revitalization efforts specific to the Loop.

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.

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CLA's Values

Transparency
Partnerships
Constituent services
Innovation
Diversity
Return on investment

CLA's Core Competencies

Connecting constituents
Implementing programs
Navigating governmental processes
Integrating multiple perspectives

Annual Report

Learn more about Chicago Loop Alliance by downloading our 2019 Annual Report.

Annual Report

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

About SSA#1-2015

The goal of State Street Special Service Area #1-2015 is to position State Street as a highly desirable world-class destination.

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