CLA was formed in 2005 through the merger of the Greater State Street Council and the Central Michigan Avenue Association. Although members come from throughout Chicago, CLA’s project area is defined as extending from the Chicago River on the north and west, to Lake Michigan on the east and Congress Parkway on the south.
For a greater history of the area which the CLA services, please review the State Street Collection, available for research in the Special Collection's Reading Room at the Harold Washington Library Center. This collection was heavily used in Neal Samors and Eric Bronsky's Downtown Chicago in Transition, published by the Chicago Book Press in 2007.
An extensive history of the Loop was also featured in the 2011 Geoffrey Baer documentary "Chicago's Loop: A New Walking Tour." Explore the interesting art, architecture, people and stories that have defined the history of Chicago's downtown at wttw.com/loop.