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Chicago Loop Alliance Annual Report 2021

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

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Letter from the President and Chair

Letter from the President & Chair

2021 marked a year of gradual recovery for the Loop, with both forward leaps and setbacks... Read More.

Dear Loop Stakeholders
2021 marked a year of gradual recovery for the Loop, with both forward leaps and setbacks that required all of us to employ the flexibility we honed in 2020. Recovering from the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue into 2022, but we have a solid foundation in place; and 2021 brought a variety of big wins for the city and downtown. This year, Chicago was voted the Best Big U.S. City by Conde Nast Traveler for an unprecedented fifth year in a row. The 2020 U.S. Census found that the Loop is Chicago’s fastest-growing neighborhood, and Chicago’s downtown is the fastest-growing of any city’s in the country. Businesses are bringing their headquarters to our district; vacant retail spaces are being filled by stores, restaurants, and attractions; and vaccinations against the coronavirus continue throughout the city. We are not out of the woods, but we’re in this together.

Chicago Loop Alliance stepped up to the plate in 2021 to support the Loop’s reactivation and recovery. We hosted hybrid, virtual, and fully in-person member events, like our Annual Meeting in March and our holiday LoopedIn celebration in December. Through marketing and communications efforts, we provided resources and encouragement to get people back to work and back in the Loop supporting our member businesses. By the end of the year, we began working toward doubling the size of our Street Team and adding a dedicated homeless outreach professional to ramp up our services on State Street in 2022. With the launch of the Loop Mural Walk, we gave locals something new and exciting (and Instagrammable!) to do downtown. And, of course, we attracted over half a million attendees to Sundays on State, a free open streets event series that brought art, culture, active recreation, food and drink, shopping, and local attractions right onto State Street for eight Sundays over the summer in an effort to unite the community, create joy, and accelerate the Loop’s economic recovery.

We completed all this work and more in the spirit of our nickname for the Loop, “Everyone’s Neighborhood.” To ensure the Loop grows into a more equitable district, we launched various diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts in 2021. We worked with a consultant to provide unconscious bias training to our staff and board and leaned on our newly formed IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility) Committee to set goals and create a strategy to reach them. This work is only just beginning, but we’ve already taken strides to diversify our board so the people setting the direction of Chicago Loop Alliance more closely represent the population of the city of Chicago.

We also hosted Maskerade, a virtual fundraiser, raising $146,500 to support the Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation and the recovery of the Loop neighborhood. To top it off, Chicago Loop Alliance gained over 27 new members from a variety of industries and hired a Community Engagement Director to expand our reach and impact across the city.

All our work this year would not have been possible without our members and partners, both new and long-term. On behalf of our Board of Directors, thank you for the support you have shown CLA. We look forward to continuing to work toward economic recovery with you. We envision the Loop as an exceptional destination to live, work, and play for many years to come.

Michael Edwards

Michael Edwards

President and CEO
Chicago Loop Alliance

Jean de St. Aubin

Jean de St. Aubin

Board Chair
Chicago Loop Alliance

Clean Team

Enhanced Services

Enhanced Services

Chicago Loop Alliance provides cleanliness, beautification, safety, and maintenance services... Read More.

Chicago Loop Alliance provides cleanliness, beautification, safety, and maintenance services to Special Service Area #1-2015, covering State Street from Wacker to Ida B. Wells and parts of Wabash Avenue.

In 2021, Street Team Ambassadors:

  • Worked toward goal of doubling workforce and adding a dedicated homeless outreach professional with planned completion in early 2022
  • Increased their unconscious bias training
  • Grew the pop-up resource center in the Harold Washington Library by engaging more partners and serving more people
  • Continued to manage a portable toilet in the Loop, providing a clean place for people experiencing homelessness to use the restroom with dignity
social service referrals made
business check-ins made to State Street merchants
Street Team Homeless Outreach
Clean Team Ambassadors

Clean Team Ambassadors keep State Street welcoming and safe by clearing snow from sidewalks, removing graffiti, sanitizing touch points, and more. New equipment in 2021 made sidewalk sweeping more efficient.

surface sanitizations, including bus stop seats, trash cans, newspaper racks, door handles, and bike racks
graffiti tags and stickers removed
pounds of trash removed
inches of snow removed from the sidewalks on State Street

State Street’s unarmed Security Patrols played a vital role in keeping SSA#1-2015 safe in 2021, especially overnight, on weekends, and during holidays and special events.

incidents to which the Security Patrols responded
hours Security Patrols spent on State Street
Sidewlak resurfacing
Sidewalk resurfacing
Holiday Lights
Holiday Lights

Other enhanced services that created a sense of arrival on State Street include:

  • Power washing
  • Sidewalk repair and sealing
  • Maintenance of light poles, tree grates, and cast iron fencing
  • Landscaping in nearly 100 planters along State Street
  • Enhanced holiday lighting
State Street

Economic Development

Economic Development

The economic impacts of COVID-19 continued in 2021, and so did our recovery efforts... Read More.

The economic impacts of COVID-19 continued in 2021, and so, too, did Chicago Loop Alliance’s economic development and recovery efforts.

The greatest direct impact Chicago Loop Alliance had on the economic recovery of the Loop was Sundays on State. The free open streets event series boasted over $12 million in economic impact and boosted foot traffic and sales for major State Street retailers.

Other economic development work included:

Downtown Futures Series

Downtown Futures Series virtual events that educated hundreds of attendees on how to safely return to work and how urban design can impact mental health

Loop Operations - Monthly Reports

Monthly reports tracking the Loop recovery with metrics like pedestrian activity, hotel occupancy, parking volumes, CTA ridership, office human occupancy, and COVID-19 positivity rates

The Chicago Loop's New Demography

A new demography report showing the Loop is the fastest growing Chicago neighborhood, and Chicago has the fastest growing downtown of any U.S. city, based on 2020 U.S. Census data

Chicago Restaurant Week

Allocating more budget to promoting specific member industries, including marketing around Chicago Restaurant Week and Chicago Theatre Week

Sundays on State Vendor

Engaging Black and minority-owned businesses to become part of the Loop economy through targeted outreach for Sundays on State participants

$12 million
in economic impact from Sundays on State
people live in the Loop, the most ever recorded, according to the U.S. Census which places the southern border of the Loop at Roosevelt Road
increase in pedestrian activity compared to 2020
of 2019 pedestrian activity
increase in number of office workers in the Loop compared to 2020
highest reported level of Loop office workers compared to 2019 (late November/early December 2021)
of 2019 number of Loop office workers
Downtown Futures Series attendees
Worker Mural



Chicago Loop Alliance began 2021 knowing that placemaking would play a crucial role in the Loop’s recovery... Read More.

Chicago Loop Alliance began the year with an understanding that placemaking would play a crucial role in the Loop’s recovery.

For Loop businesses to prosper, people needed to be attracted back downtown. Various projects and programs achieved these goals, including one of our largest programs ever, Sundays on State.

Sundays on State

Sundays on State

Chicago’s most iconic street, State Street, closed to traffic from Lake to Madison for eight Sundays over the summer and transformed into an open street full of surprises. Neighbors from every Chicago community and beyond came together for this free, interactive block party, while safely enjoying art, culture, active recreation, food and drink, shopping, and local attractions in the heart of everyone’s neighborhood – the Loop. Sundays on State met and exceeded the event’s three primary goals of accelerating the economic recovery, uniting the community, and creating joy. The event series was so successful that Time Out Chicago named Sundays on State the Best New Event of the Year. Learn more about the full impact of Sundays on State here.

Children enjoying Sundays on State
Sundays on State Mural
Sundays on State Crowd
vendors, performers, artists, etc. participated in Sundays on State
of activations came from underrepresented business owners
of attendees would attend a future Sundays on State event
of attendees would refer a friend to Sundays on State
of attendees said Sundays on State positively impacted their feelings of the Loop
violent crimes or major thefts were reported to Chicago Loop Alliance during the events
people were vaccinated by Walgreens during Sundays on State
Everyone’s Neighborhood Pedway Mural
Everyone’s Neighborhood  by Barrett Keithley and Dana Todd Pope

Loop Mural Walk

In June, Chicago Loop Alliance launched a brand new, free program to give Chicagoans and visitors a safe, outdoor activity that led them off the beaten path downtown: a Loop Mural Walk. Featuring work by international household names as well as emerging artists, the self-guided walk includes 21 murals, many by artists of color whose perspectives and stories in these spaces are important to witness. While a few of the featured murals are prominent, well-known pieces, many others are more obscure, often left behind after Chicago Loop Alliance’s popular ACTIVATE alley events. A brand-new mural commissioned by Chicago Loop Alliance, Everyone’s Neighborhood in the Pedway between Macy’s and Block 37, was also featured on the walk.

Loop Worker by Dwight White
Loop Worker  by Dwight White
Chicago by Raul Ra
Chicago  by Raul Ra
Power to the People by Sam Kirk
Power to the People  by Sam Kirk
murals were included in the Loop Mural Walk
satisfaction rate among participants
of participants visited a Loop business before, during, or after taking the Loop Mural Walk
The Gateway

The Gateway

Chicago Loop Alliance continued to maintain The Gateway, a traffic median turned people spot that features tables, chairs, umbrellas, and landscaping—essentially a cool public space to hang out with iconic State Street as the backdrop. New umbrellas in 2021 brought fresh colors to the space.

Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade

Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade

For the third year, Chicago Loop Alliance was a Major Sponsor for LUMA8’s Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade down State Street. The parade celebrates Halloween as the “artist’s holiday” and once again dazzled spectators by showcasing Chicago’s dynamic cultural community.

Arts in the Dark Parade
Arts in the Dark Crowd
Arts in the Dark Crowd
groups participated in the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade
people attended the Arts in the Dark parade
in grants to artists and organizations provided by Luma8 and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
State Street Chicago

Planning and Advocacy

Planning and Advocacy

Chicago Loop Alliance reviews projects and advocates for Loop issues... Read More.

Chicago Loop Alliance reviews projects and advocates for Loop issues like transportation, public space, and opportunities for business and investment.

The Elevate State corridor plan remained on hold in 2021, but CLA participated in important conversations with City of Chicago agencies and departments, like the Mayor’s Office, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Department of Transportation, and Chicago Department of Planning and Development.

Projects and initiatives included:

  • Public safety in the Loop
  • Redevelopment of the State and Lake CTA station
  • Crafting legislation to allow for business improvement districts (BIDs) in Chicago
  • We Will Chicago, a three-year, citywide planning initiative under Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot
  • C-40 Reinventing Cities sustainable design competition to reimagine Pritzker Park with a carbon-neutral project
  • The location of a potential casino
  • Shared e-scooter program
  • Cannabis shops in the Loop
  • Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) for LaSalle Street
State and Lake CTA station designed by Transystems SOM rendering courtesy of CDOT
State and Lake CTA station designed by Transystems SOM rendering courtesy of CDOT
Assemble Chicago (C-40 project) rendering courtesy of Aesthetica Studio
Assemble Chicago (C-40 project) credit Aesthetica Studio
State Street Chicago

In addition to local advocacy work, Chicago Loop Alliance also took its expertise around the world in 2021 through virtual conferences and membership in downtown management associations. Chicago Loop Alliance staff spoke on panels regarding the best practices for downtowns to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, how to use storytelling to market a downtown, and more. Staff also participated in conversations on the state of downtowns with various cities and countries around the world, including Dublin, London, Paris, Morocco, Philadelphia, and others.

Big City in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler for an unprecedented fifth year in a row
active business licenses in SSA#1-2015
design and signage packages reviewed
governmental task forces in which Chicago Loop Alliance participated
panels or presentations by staff to local, national, and international audiences
Sundays on State Sign



Marketing played a major role in Chicago Loop Alliance’s downtown recovery efforts in 2021... Read More.

Marketing played a major role in Chicago Loop Alliance’s downtown recovery efforts in 2021. The overarching narrative in CLA’s marketing this year drove home that the Loop was open, safe, and ready for workers and visitors to return.

The marketing department’s heaviest lift in 2021 was Sundays on State, which earned the small team national recognition as nominees for PRWeek's "Best in a Crisis" award; final winner to be announced in March 2022. A purposely diverse, inclusive, and expansive marketing strategy reached communities throughout Chicago and beyond through locally authentic sources, resulting in over half a million attendees from every Chicago zip code and beyond. This strategy was informed by 2020’s “Everyone’s Neighborhood” campaign, which gave the Loop an authentic and true nickname but also set a standard for Chicago Loop Alliance to always aspire to. Priorities in marketing Sundays on State included supporting local, minority-owned, and minority-focused media outlets that serve as trusted pillars in their own communities. Promotion of Sundays on State utilized out-of-home, print, online, broadcast, and digital advertising, as well as key community partnerships to achieve these goals.

Sundays on State Signage Sundays on State Marquee

In addition to Sundays on State, new marketing efforts in 2021 included promotion of CLA’s Loop Mural Walk, increased support of Chicago Restaurant Week and Chicago Theatre Week, and a brand new Theatre in the Loop campaign in the fall to welcome back performing arts venues as they finally reopened after shutting down early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chicago Loop Alliance also continued established marketing campaigns and projects, including Holidays in the Loop, the In the Loop blog, and robust social media efforts.

Loop Mural Walk Holidays in the Loop Theatre in the Loop graphics
Chicago Loop Alliance social media account impressions
followers across social media platforms
#SundaysOnState impressions
increase in engagement across social media platforms
blogs published on In the Loop
In the Loop blog pageviews
Chicago Loop Alliance website pageviews
increase in pageviews from 2020
total marketing and media-related impressions for Sundays on State
marketing and media value earned for Sundays on State
Holidays in the Loop Kiosk

Public Relations

Public Relations

The challenges from the pandemic allowed CLA to strengthen its reputation as a major voice of the district... Read More.

The ongoing challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic allowed Chicago Loop Alliance to strengthen its reputation as a thought leader and major voice of the district through ramped-up public relations efforts.

These efforts included:

  • Sending timely emails to members and stakeholders with the latest information from City partners regarding pandemic guidelines as well as financial resources
  • Distributing more press releases, media advisories, and pitches to journalists
  • Continuing to distribute monthly Loop activity reports, which have positioned Chicago Loop Alliance as the experts on downtown’s recovery
  • Acting fast to respond to requests for comment on a variety of Loop issues

Sundays on State offered a major opportunity for earned media this year. Chicago Loop Alliance secured event coverage from every major local print, digital, and broadcast outlet, as well as national press like The New York Times, MSN News, and more.

Sundays on State TV Coverage
Samples of earned media coverage in broadcast and print
New York Times Coverage
press releases and media advisories sent
clips that mention Chicago Loop Alliance
clips that mention Sundays on State
earned media impressions for Chicago Loop Alliance
value of earned media coverage
emails sent
email subscribers
ABC 7 Associated Press Block Club Chicago Business Insider CBS 2 Chicago Defender Chicago Reader Chicago Sun-Times Chicago Tribune Connect Commercial Real Estate Crain's Chicago Business Eater Fox 32 Lawndale News MSN NBC News NBC 5 New York Times NPR Politico TimeOutChicago U.S. News and World Report WBEZ WGN AM Windy City Times WTTW WVON Yahoo News
Sundays on State Members Day



In 2021, Chicago Loop Alliance’s Membership program continued to emphasize community building... Read More.

In 2021, Chicago Loop Alliance’s Membership program continued to emphasize community building and support of Loop businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic. Through waived fees, payment extensions, and general flexibility, CLA built relationships with over 27 new members, while also retaining longtime members.

Membership in Chicago Loop Alliance means invaluable networking opportunities, marketing benefits, professional development, and connection to the community—both in the Loop and throughout the city of Chicago. While 2021 saw fewer in-person networking opportunities than pre-pandemic years, Chicago Loop Alliance hosted a hybrid Annual Meeting in March, a virtual marketing Lab in May, an in-person Marketing Lab in August, a Members Day at the final Sundays on State event, an in-person Maskerade Gala, and an in-person holiday LoopedIn celebration. All these opportunities for real-life connection were more valuable than ever as members eased into the post-vaccine world.

Hybrid Annual Meeting
From our hybrid Annual Meeting to the in-person Maskerade Gala and holiday LoopedIn celebration, CLA prioritized connection and community in the Loop in 2021.
Chicago Loop Alliance members attending a socially-distanced networking event CLA Holiday Event CLA Holiday Event
total Chicago Loop Alliance members in 2021
new members joined Chicago Loop Alliance in 2021
member/partner mentions in In the Loop blogs
in Membership revenue collected
Maskerade attendees

Member Demographics

  • Arts, Cultural Attractions & Entertainment: 56
  • Restaurants, Bars & Private Clubs: 41
  • Services: 26
  • Hotels: 24
  • Real Estate & Development: 23
  • Education: 21
  • Banks, Insurance & Legal: 13
  • Architecture, Engineering and Construction: 12
  • Buildings: Residential: 10
  • Retail: 9
  • Government: 9
  • Marketing, Advertising, Design & Communications: 8
  • Media: 8
  • Parking & Transportation: 7
  • Individual Members: 6
  • Landscaping & Maintenance: 4
  • Shipping, Printing & Distribution: 3
  • Buildings: Commercial: 2
  • Energy: 2

2021 Members and Partners

  • 131 South Dearborn, LLC
  • 212 W Washington
  • Condominium Association
  • 360 Chicago
  • A&A Ballet Center For Dance
  • ABC-7/WLS Television, Inc.
  • About Last Knife
  • Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours
  • Acadia Realty Trust
  • Adler University
  • Advanced E&S Group
  • Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago Loop, The
  • Allied Global Marketing
  • Aloha Print Group
  • American Writers Museum
  • Anvan Midwest Realty Management Co., Inc.
  • Aries Charter Transporation, Inc.
  • Art Institute of Chicago, The
  • Aspire Properties
  • AT&T Retail Store
  • Ateema Media & Marketing
  • Auditorium Theatre
  • Balanced Environments, Inc.
  • Bannerville USA
  • Baum Realty Group, LLC
  • Beacon Capital Partners
  • Berghoff Catering and Restaurant Group
  • Big Bus Tours - Chicago
  • Big City Optical
  • Blackstone Hotel, Autograph Collection, The
  • Blick Art Materials
  • Block Thirty Seven
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Bobby's Bike Hike - Chicago Tours
  • Bright Horizons at South Wabash
  • BrightView Landscape Services
  • British International School of Chicago South Loop
  • Broadway In Chicago
  • Buffet MP, LLC
  • Building Owners & Managers Association
  • BuildThis
  • Cambria Chicago Loop - Theatre District
  • CannonDesign
  • Catco Consulting
  • CBD Kratom
  • CBRE Investment Management
  • CEDARst Companies
  • Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University
  • CenTrio Energy
  • Chicago Architecture Center
  • Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
  • Chicago Bears Football Club
  • Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
  • Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
  • Chicago Department of Planning and Development
  • Chicago Department of Streets and Santiation
  • Chicago Department of Transportation
  • Chicago Elevated
  • Chicago Fashion Incubator
  • Chicago Loop Neighbors Association
  • Chicago Police Department, 1st District Central
  • Chicago Public Library
  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology, The
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Chicago Theatre, The
  • Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
  • Chicago's First Lady
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Chick-fil-A State and Lake
  • Choose Chicago
  • CIBC
  • CIRCLE Foundation - Innovations High School
  • City Centre Condominium Association
  • City of Chicago Office of the Mayor
  • City Winery
  • Clayco, Inc.
  • Cliff Dwellers, The
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Comcast, NBC Universal
  • ComEd
  • Concord Realty Advisors
  • Concorde Print & Design
  • Conference Chicago at University Center
  • Convene
  • Corner Bakery Café
  • Corporate Office Construction, LLC
  • Dearborn Tavern, The
  • DePaul University
  • Design Museum of Chicago
  • Digital Latinos, Inc. (Chicago Latino Network)
  • DL3 Realty, L.P.
  • Dos Toros Taqueria
  • Downtown Apartment Company/Downtown Realty Company
  • Dr. Seuss Experience, The
  • Drummond Advisors
  • Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant - Adams Street
  • Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant - Wabash Avenue
  • Embarc
  • Emerald Loop Bar & Grill
  • Environmental Law & Policy Center
  • Envision Unlimited
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago
  • EQ Office
  • Exchange, The
  • Exchequer Restaurant and Pub
  • EXPO Chicago
  • Fairfield Properties
  • Family Credit Management
  • Fine Arts Building Studios
  • Firefly
  • First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple
  • FLIRT Communications
  • Florentine, The
  • Fogo de Chao
  • G3 Construction Group, Inc.
  • Gayle V's Best Ever Grilled Cheese
  • Gene Siskel Film Center
  • Gensler Design
  • German American Events, LLC (GAE)
  • Get Growing Foundation
  • GlenStar Asset Management
  • Global Citizenship Experience Lab School
  • Goddess and the Baker
  • Godfrey Hotel Chicago, The
  • Goethe-Institut Chicago
  • GOGO Charters Chicago
  • Goodman Theatre, The
  • Goodman Williams Group
  • Grant Park Bistro
  • Grant Park Music Festival in Millennium Park
  • Hampton Inn Majestic
  • Hard Surface Finishers, Inc.
  • Harold Washington Library
  • Heritage at Millennium Park Condominium Association, The
  • Hilton Chicago
  • HomeCo Chicago
  • Hostelling International - Chicago
  • Hotel EMC2
  • Hotel Julian Chicago
  • HUB312
  • Hyatt Centric - The Loop Chicago
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce
  • Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Illinois Network of Charter Schools
  • Illinois Restaurant Association
  • Impact Networking
  • Industrious
  • Intelligentsia Coffee - Millennium Park Cafe
  • Intelligentsia Coffee - Monadnock Cafe
  • Interior Investments, LLC
  • InterPark
  • Italian Village Restaurants
  • Jimmy Williams Gallery & Studio
  • Joffrey Ballet, The
  • JW Marriott Chicago Hotel
  • KEY - This Week In Chicago
  • Kimpton Gray Hotel
  • Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago
  • L3 Capital LLC
  • Lamar Johnson Collaborative
  • Land & Lake Kitchen
  • LaSalle Chicago, Autograph Collection, The
  • Le Méridien Essex Chicago
  • League of Chicago Theatres
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • LM Studio
  • Luxe Barber & Shave Lounge
  • Lyft
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Macy's
  • Maggie Daley Park
  • Magnificent Mile Association
  • Marc Realty
  • Marq, The
  • Medieval Torture Museum
  • Meredith Corporation
  • Metropolis Condominium Association
  • Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Metropolitan Properties of Chicago, LLC
  • Metropolitan, The
  • MGLM Architects
  • Mid-America Club, The
  • Mid-America Real Estate Corp.
  • MILA Chicago Luxury Apartments
  • Milieu Chicago
  • Millennium Park Plaza
  • Millennium Parking Garages
  • Mindworks: The Science of Thinking
  • Monk's Pub
  • Morton's The Steakhouse - Wacker Place Chicago
  • Museum of Illusions
  • Nando's Peri-Peri (22 S. Wabash Avenue)
  • NARE Investments/ North American Real Estate
  • Near South Planning Board
  • New City Moving
  • Newcastle Limited LLC
  • Ocean Prime
  • One North Kitchen and Bar
  • OneEleven Chicago
  • Organic Headshots
  • Paint the City
  • Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel
  • PC Events & Experiences, LLC
  • Peterson Picture Company
  • Petterino's
  • Pitch at The Loop, The
  • PNC Bank - Monroe & Dearborn
  • Poblocki Sign Company
  • Porchlight Music Theatre
  • Pressure Washing Systems
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Pritzker Military Museum & Library
  • Propulsion Agency
  • Protein Bar
  • Proven IT
  • Public Communications, Inc.
  • RAM Racing
  • Randolph Tower City Apartments
  • Remington's
  • Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
  • Revolution Physical Therapy and Weight Loss
  • Russian Tea Time
  • Sabre Development
  • SATC Law
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • See Chicago Dance
  • Shoreline Sightseeing
  • Silk Road Rising
  • SilverIP Communications
  • Site Design Group, Ltd.
  • Skydeck Chicago
  • Solomon Cordwell Buenz
  • Sonder
  • SP PLUS Corporation and Millennium Garages
  • Special Olympics Chicago
  • Springboard Inc.
  • Stantec Architecture
  • Staypineapple, An Iconic Hotel, The Loop
  • Stone Real Estate Corp.
  • Sugar Bliss
  • Target
  • Taureaux Tavern
  • Tawani Property Management Loop - The Monroe Building
  • theWit Hotel
  • Thompson Hine, LLP
  • Tigerlily Events at Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Time Zone One
  • Tolpin & Partners PC
  • Tours with Mike
  • Tucker, Inc.
  • Turning the Page
  • Twenty North State Condominium Association
  • Uniform Teeth
  • Union League Club of Chicago
  • University Club of Chicago
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • University of Phoenix
  • UPS Store #6064, The
  • Urban Real Estate
  • Vennequity LLC
  • Venteux
  • VERO Design + Build
  • Virgin Hotels Chicago
  • W Chicago City Center
  • Walgreens
  • Weber Grill - Chicago
  • Webpass from Google Fiber
  • Well Dressed Tables by Arena Americas
  • Wendella
  • WeWork
  • Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation
  • Wintrust Bank Chicago
  • Womanish Experience
  • Wow Bao
  • Yelp, Inc.
  • Zonatherm Products
Maskerade Gala



Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation’s 17th Annual Gala took on a "Maskerade" theme... Read More.

Presented by Pressure Washing Systems, Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation’s 17th Annual Gala on October 30 at the Palmer House Hilton took on a “Maskerade” theme, with attendees decked out in both classic masquerade masks as well as face masks in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.

The Gala gathered 250 supporters for a celebration of the Loop’s rich arts and culture scene, raising $146,500 to support public art projects and events like Sundays on State, the Loop Mural Walk, The Gateway, the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade, and more. The Maskerade Gala corresponded with the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade down State Street and offered attendees a VIP viewing experience from the fourth floor of the Palmer House.

DJ Lady D
DJ Lady D
Maskerade Food
Maskerade Entertainment Chinelos Mágicos
Chinelos Mágicos

2021 Sources of Support

2021 Sources of Support

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) affiliate organization that pushes the limits of what a downtown can be... Read More.

The Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation (CLAF) is a 501(c)(3) affiliate organization that pushes the limits of what a downtown can be for its residents, workers, and visitors.

The Foundation seeks to enrich the Loop’s public spaces through artistic expression and free cultural programing. By building a connection between people and the places they share, the Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation hopes to create an inclusive downtown environment that fosters creativity and enhances the Loop’s appeal to the people and businesses that are a part of it.

Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) is a 501(c)(6) organization that creates, manages, and promotes positive and inclusive programs that attract people to the Loop and accelerate economic recovery.

** Indicates a donation or payment for services to CLA.
*** Indicates payment or donations to CLA and CLAF. All other listings are for donations to CLAF only.


  • City of Chicago
  • SSA #1-2015

$35,001 - $99,999

  • Broadway In Chicago***

$25,001 - $35,000

  • Hilton
  • Macy's
  • Pressure Washing Systems
  • Walgreens


  • Allstate
  • Colliers International**
  • PNC***
  • Target


  • Block 37 (in-kind)
  • Cabrera Capital Markets
  • The Chicago Theatre | Madison Square Garden Entertainment**
  • Clayco


  • CIBC
  • SP Plus Corporation and Millennium Garages***


  • Acadia Realty Trust
  • Auditorium Theatre
  • Bannerville
  • BJB Properties/Drummond Advisors
  • Circle Foundation
  • City Escape Garden Center and Design Studio
  • ComEd
  • DePaul University
  • Downtown Apartment Company
  • EQ Office
  • Gensler
  • Goodman Theatre
  • The Joffrey Ballet
  • Mid-America Real Estate
  • Norm Bobins
  • The Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel
  • Springboard
  • StarEvents, Inc.
  • Streetplus


  • 150 N. Riverside
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Broadway In Chicago
  • CannonDesign
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • DL3 Realty
  • Hard Surface Finishers
  • HLSA Inc.
  • JW Marriott Chicago
  • Michael Edwards
  • Millennium Park Plaza
  • Proven IT
  • Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Staypineapple, An Iconic Hotel, The Loop
  • Tawani Property Management - Loop
  • theWit Hotel
  • Thompson Hine

Media Sponsors

  • Captivate
  • The Chicago Crusader
  • Chicago Sun-Times
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Firefly
  • Me-TV FM
  • Power 92.3
  • Rejoice 102.3
  • Soul 106.3
  • Vocalo
  • WBEZ
  • WGN
  • WLS-AM 890
  • 94.7 WLS-FM
  • 101WKQX
  • WVON
Chicago River



Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) creates, manages, and promotes positive and inclusive programs... Read More.

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

CLA is contracted by the City of Chicago as the sole service provider for State Street Special Service Area #1-2015. The Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation (CLAF) is a 501(c)(3) affiliate organization that pushes the limits of what a downtown can be for its residents, workers, and visitors. The Foundation seeks to enrich the Loop’s public spaces through artistic expression and free cultural programing.

Please note the presence of two separate sets of financial reports:

Chicago Loop Alliance & Special Service Area 1-2015 2021 Financials

Revenue Budget   Actual
SSA Funding 3,286,906   2,736,008
Membership Dues 130,000   140,500
Sponsorships (unrestricted) 71,000   151,000
Administrative/Management Fees 95,000   74,673
Civic Partnerships 15,000   15,000
Grants (restricted) 100,000   228,487
Community Networking Events 10,000   -
Other Income 25,200   25,200
Interest Income -   -
Total Revenue 3,733,106   3,370,868
General & Administration 1,256,626   1,064,997
Customer Attractions 357,500   632,903
Membership & Events 34,500   11,731
Public Way Aesthetics 1,411,041   1,219,848
Economic / Business Development 133,000   69,010
Public Safety Programs 669,275   330,754
Total Expenses 3,861,942   3,329,243
Total CLA Net for 2021 -   41,625
Beginning of the Year 577,364   577,364
Change in Net Position -   41,625

Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation 2021 Financials

Revenue Budget   Actual
Annual Fundraising Event (Gala/Other Event) 200,000   146,500
Placemaking Sponsorship (Unrestricted) 65,000   404,397
Grants (Restricted) 53,750   -
Annual Meeting 35,000   33,550
Other Income -   3,750
Total Revenue 353,750   588,197
Placemaking Expenses 65,000   393,364
Annual Fundraising Event Expenses 100,000   74,047
General & Administration 93,884   85,819
Annual Meeting Expenses 25,000   24,475
Other Program Expenses -   25,000
Studies -   -
Total Expenses 283,884   602,705
Total Foundation Net for 2021 69,866   ($14,508)
Beginning of the Year 315,638   315,638
Change in Net Position -   ($14,508)

*All figures are unaudited and based on the adopted 2021 operating budgets

Leadership & Staff Michael Edwards and Jean de St. Aubin

Leadership & Staff

Leadership & Staff

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State Street Commission

  • Greg Cameron
    Commission Chair President and CEO
    The Joffrey Ballet
  • Ryan G. Segal
    Commission Vice Chair Vice President
    Acadia Realty Trust
  • La Verne O. Morris
    Commission Secretary Resident owner
  • Kristin Duncan
    Commission Treasurer General Manager
    Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
  • Mark Anderson, CPM Property Manager
    Hines | Citadel Building
  • Gia Biagi Commissioner
    Chicago Department of Transportation
  • Maurice Cox Commissioner
    Chicago Department of Planning & Development
  • Eric Finnegan General Manager
    Block 37 | CIM
  • John H. Idler President & General Manager
    ABC-7/WLS Television, Inc.
  • Mark Kelly Commissioner
    Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
  • Dean Lane Area General Manager
    Hilton Chicago
  • Andrea Schwartz Vice President of Media Relations North Central and South Regions
  • John Tully Commissioner
    Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation

Chicago Loop Alliance Officers

  • Jean de St. Aubin
    Jean de St. Aubin
    Chair Executive Director
    Gene Siskel Film Center
  • Rich Gamble
    Rich Gamble
    Vice Chair Chicago resident
  • Simone A. Randolph
    Simone A. Randolph
    Secretary Partner
    Thompson Hine LLP
  • Laura Graves
    Laura Graves
    Treasurer Vice President of Operations & Business Planning
    ABC-7/WLS Television, Inc.
  • James Turner
    James Turner
    Immediate Past Chair Managing Director
    CIBC U.S.

Board of Directors

  • David Broz Columbia College Chicago, Gensler
  • Tom Buechele School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Bill Burfeind Proven IT
  • John Collins Goodman Theatre
  • Ben Creamer Downtown Apartment Company/Downtown Realty Company
  • John Curran Big Bus Chicago
  • Louis D. D’Angelo Metropolitan Properties of Chicago LLC
  • Kirsten Ekdahl-Hull Equity Office
  • Morgan Eagles theWit Hotel
  • Julie Emms DePaul University
  • Kat Frerichs Illinois Network of Charter Schools
  • Nora Gainer The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Steve Gardner InterPark
  • Judie Green Auditorium Theatre
  • Tess Green 212 W. Washington Condo Association
  • LaShaun Jackson CIRCLE Foundation/Innovations High School
  • Kearby Kaiser Drummond Advisors
  • Eileen LaCario Broadway In Chicago
  • Elizabeth Mackel Wintrust Bank
  • Cole Mansfield Staypineapple, An Iconic Hotel, The Loop Chicago
  • George Miller Chicago Loop Neighbors Association
  • Tamar Mizrahi Goddess and the Baker
  • Charles R. Nash Concord Realty Advisors
  • Hassan el Neklawy JW Marriott Chicago
  • Stanley Nitzberg Mid-America Real Estate Group.
  • Janette Outlaw Interior Investments
  • Jeffrey Patrick Target
  • Angel Perez ComEd
  • Paul J. Rades CBRE
  • Bradley Renner The Joffrey Ballet
  • Issac Riggs Millennium Parking Garages LLC
  • Sandi Robinson The Godfrey Hotel
  • Hutt Rubio Clayco, Inc.
  • Jim Rylowicz CenTrio
  • Burim Saliu Walgreens
  • Matt Sarosy Macy's
  • Charles Smith CannonDesign
  • YaFawn Smith Comcast, NBC Universal
  • Peter Tortorello Fairfield Properties
  • John Vance Stone Real Estate
  • Leon Walker, Esq. DL3 Realty
  • John G. Wells Hilton Chicago

Honorary Board

  • Ronald M. Arnold
  • Cal Audrain
  • Herman Berghoff
  • Norman Elkin
  • Lori T. Healey
  • Ralph Hughes
  • Melvin L. Katten
  • G. Brent Minor


Michael M. Edwards

Michael M. Edwards

President and CEO

Abel Rodriguez

Abel Rodriguez

Director of Finance and Administration

Kiana DiStasi

Kiana DiStasi

Director of Marketing & Communications

Kenna Tunis

Kenna Tunis

Director of Community Engagement

Michael Edwards

Jessica Cabe

PR and Communications Manager

Allison Gerlach

Allison Gerlach

Sundays on State Project Manager

Ariella Gibson

Ariella Gibson

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Dimitri Nesbitt

Dimitri Nesbitt

Placemaking Intern

A.J. Capitanini

Administrative Intern

Leah Edwards

Membership and Events Assistant

Marlowe Kriho

Writing Intern

Lauren Smith

Membership Intern

Street Team Clean Team

Street Team members
throughout 2021

  • Octavion Thomas Program Manager
  • Alfonso Redditt Team Leader
  • Vincent Accurso Team Leader
  • Nakena Calhoun
  • Antonie Johnson
  • Mark Orr
  • Terence Shelton
  • Paris Williamson
  • Dawayne Wills
  • Alonzo Zollicoffer

Clean Team members
throughout 2021

  • Michael Cuevas
  • Chana Johnson
  • Harold Matthews
  • Daniel Moore
  • Nicolas Roa
  • Sammie Stansbury
  • Kenneth Taylor
  • Larry Taylor
  • Roberto Torres
  • Ajoni Upton
  • Patrick Williamson

Security Patrols
throughout 2021

  • Mahmoud Abushehade
  • Derrick Brunson
  • Daniel Coffman
  • James Edwards
  • Demetrius Feagin
  • Justin Foster
  • Travis Fraley
  • Juan Gierbolini
  • Marvin Higgs
  • Alex Howard
  • Ryanne Jackson
  • Josephine McDonald
  • Willie Mitchell
  • Kevin Pacheco
  • Briseida Salgado
  • Armando Skerrett
  • Adrian Vences
  • Shiela Watts
  • Josh Webber
  • Ariane Woolridge
  • Lloyd Aaron Woolridge