Chicago’s Loop got to feel the strength of the city’s ‘big shoulders’ when 450 prominent business owners and civic leaders gathered at the Palmer House Hilton for “Illumination,” Chicago’s Loop Alliance Foundation’s 9th annual gala, on Oct. 25. The member-based, non-profit CLA advocates for the rapidly-growing central business area of Chicago’s Loop focusing on promoting and uniting Loop businesses and organizations, and facilitating mutual support in an effort to create a vibrant, flourishing hub for citizens and tourists alike.
Cause célèbre: “State Street is critical for the success of the whole Chicago area,” stressed Marty Stern of Highland Park, board chairman. “Everybody benefits from a strong downtown. It is where everyone comes to work, to live and play, and it is critical to every part of success of Chicago.”
CLA executive director Michael Edwards lauded Chicago for its work in revitalizing the downtown through new urban planning. “We all love the Loop and all understand what it has meant for Chicago and what it will mean for the future (of the city),” said Edwards.
Bottom Line: The event grossed $200,000 in support of the Foundation.