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Activating the Loop's Community

Chicago Loop Alliance presents at the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

To promote economic development and placemaking in the Loop, Chicago Loop Alliance launched a program called ACTIVATE in 2014. ACTIVATE transforms alleys from overlooked passageways into pop-up celebrations of art and public space. Six seasons later, ACTIVATE has grown into a beloved Loop staple attended by thousands with a loyal following of creative Chicagoans. 

ACTIVATE provides something the Loop previously lacked--a celebratory, artistic experience meant specifically for locals. By engaging with curators from around the city, ACTIVATE has also created a platform for diverse groups in the city’s downtown core. 

This talk will discuss lessons about placemaking learned from ACTIVATE and explore the role of civic organizations in designing for community development. Speakers include Chicago Loop Alliance’s Director of Planning, Kalindi Parikh, board member David Broz (Principal, Gensler), artists Sam Kirk and Barrett Keithley, and independent curator Missy Perkins.

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Event Date

  • November 19, 2019
  • 6:00PM - 7:30PM


Chicago Cultural Center - Claudia Cassidy Theater


78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602