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(Above) Mural on the side of a building on Ida B. Wells Drive. Photo by Torque Digital. (Click on images to view larger versions.)

1-Nov-20 – A mural honoring the 370,000 people who work in the Loop has been installed on a building along Ida B. Wells Drive, formerly known as Congress Parkway.

The mural was commissioned by Chicago Loop Alliance as part of its “Loop Employee of the Month” program that has been ongoing since March 2019.

Chicago artist Dwight White completed the mural on October 26. He says the mural contains symbols that represent past winners of the Loop Employee of the Month award.

Photo by Torque Digital

“I loved the design process as I was challenged to creatively weave a tribute to each winner into the artwork,” said White (left).

“You will see that each element of the mural has a significant meaning. After the global pandemic and months of quarantine, I believe this mural will have an even greater impact and meaning to all who work in the Loop,” he said.

Loop Employees of the Month so far include:

  • Marion Batey, business relations specialist for Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
  • Kathy Bliss, assistant to the CEO of Auditorium Theatre
  • Malik Gillani, co-founder and executive director of Silk Road Rising
  • Beatriz Jara, events director for ROOF at theWit
  • Michael Love, security lead at Joffrey Tower
  • Gwendolyn Matthews, sales associate for Carpe Librum
  • Robert Middlekauff, data visualization manager at Lumere and founder of the Illinois chapter of FairVote
  • Pradip Nayak, owner of Sunshine Infinity, Inc.
  • Dina Fenili Niekamp, director of sales and marketing at Kimpton Gray Hotel
  • Jerome Pickens, houseperson at DoubleTree Hotel
  • Stephanie Sanchez, manager at Land & Lake Kitchen and managing partner with LM Restaurant Group
  • Belissa Bella Suloski, healthcare mediator with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office

Lightscape installation retired after nine years

Chicago Loop Alliance has removed the light and sound installation that had lined State Street since 2011.

Lightscape was a year-round art installation in planter boxes on State Street from Lake Street south to Van Buren Street. Colors and patterns, choreographed to music, changed with the seasons and special occasions.

“When we installed Lightscape in 2011, we did so with the understanding that its lifespan would be about five years,” said CLA President/CEO Michael Edwards. “We’re glad it was a part of State Street for nearly twice that length of time, but in our ongoing efforts to promote the Loop as a world-class destination, it is time for a re-imagining.”

The installation’s design team was led by Site Design Group, a Chicago landscape architecture firm.

(Right) A Lightscape installation near Jackson Drive in 2012.

Chicago Loop Alliance

CLA says it will keep Lightscape’s electrical sources as they consider a replacement.