The challenges of the past few years continued to impact the Chicago Loop in 2022, and Chicago Loop Alliance dedicated significant efforts to economic development and recovery. Innovative programming continued to serve as a primary driver for recovery in the Loop, including Sundays on State, ACTIVATE, and the State Street Holiday Market. CLA’s 2022 programs created millions in economic impact for the central business district.
Other economic development work included:
Allocating more budget to promoting member businesses and programming
Supporting initiatives like Chicago Returns Week to encourage office workers back to the Loop through programming, events and offerings
Sponsoring programs like Hospitality Hires to assist job seekers with opportunities at downtown organizations
Participating in the analyzing and forecasting in the LaSalle Reimagined study with Chicago Urban Land Institute
Creating popular and engaging artistic opportunities utilizing vacant storefronts in the LaSalle Corridor during the winter months with LaSalle Aglow
Engaging Black, Latinx, and other underrepresented business owners to become part of the Loop economy through targeted outreach for Sundays on State and State Street Holiday Market participants