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Revitalized Loop in spotlight at ‘Illumination’

Marty Stern of Highland Park, board chairman of the Loop Alliance, and wife Debi | Lee A. Litas/for Sun-Times Media
Vivian and Stanley Nidzberg of Glencoe | Lee A. Litas/for Sun-Times Media
Martha (from left) and John Idler with Sonja and Ravi Baichwal, all of Evanston | Lee A. Litas/for Sun-Times Media
Lou Raizin of Lincolnshire | Lee A. Litas/for Sun-Times Media
Alison Zirn and Scott Greenberg of Highland Park | Lee A. Litas/for Sun-Times Media
Katherine Paul of Lake in the Hills and Mark Segal of Highland Park | Lee A. Litas/for Sun-Times Media
Ralph Hughes of Oak Brook, 15-year Loop Alliance board member | Lee A. Litas/for Sun-Times Media
Trend columnist Lee Litas with Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons. | Lee Litas ~ For Sun-Times Media

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.

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