2011 ANNUAL REPORT
One way to frame our work is in terms of “multi-purpose.” In the pages that follow, join me in exploring how the work of Chicago Loop Alliance is informed by multiple purposes and how, ultimately, it manages to benefit multiple stakeholders.
Consider, for example, the Pop-Up Art Loop program. On the surface, it’s a straightforward affair: some art hanging on walls. But look deeper to find that Pop-Up Art Loop is a tenant recruitment tool for property owners. And a stimulus for the creative industry. And a gathering spot for students and residents. And an economic development engine for businesses. And more. We know well that for our projects to make an impact, they must be as nimble, adaptable, smart, cool, creative, and accessible as the neighborhood they serve. It is in this sprit that two new initiatives launched in 2011–Open Streets on State Street and Lightscape: A Multisensory Experience on State Street–address multiple community needs and engage multiple audiences, from skateboarders to Fortune 500 executives.
Many thanks: first, to our members, who are the reason for everything we do. To funders, public and private, who turn our loftiest aspirations into reality. To partner institutions and city agencies, who share invaluable wisdom and resources. To staff and interns, who greet any challenge with stamina and humor. To the board of directors, who steer the organization steadily through every turn. And, especially, to the untiring Lou Raizin, who has given us more of his time than we–or he–could have imagined. Lou concludes his term as board chair; old friend and valued board member Marty Stern will lead us on new adventures. Thank you again, Lou. Welcome, Marty.
I look forward to another year of working together to pursue the multiple purposes that make the Loop one of the world’s great neighborhoods.
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