Chicago Loop Alliance seeks artists for creative alley exhibition


Calling all artists, curators, designers, and creative thinkers interested in the exhibition of their work in Chicago’s Loop as part of ACTIVATE 2015


CHICAGO (Feb 2, 2015)—Chicago Loop Alliance announced today an open call for artists and curators for ACTIVATE – an expansive series of innovative public space activations that brings artists and the public together for an evening of exploration, interaction, and celebration of the arts in alleys throughout the Loop. Last year’s ACTIVATE brought in an estimated $393,120 in economic impact to downtown businesses, illustrating that placemaking and management of public spaces drives investment into the Loop. Chicago-based sculptors, designers, architects, urban artists, muralists, sound artists, fashion designers, filmmakers, carpenters, photographers, and creative thinkers are encouraged to apply. All application materials are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, March 27, 2015 and must be submitted via the online application available at


Each ACTIVATE is a group exhibition with no two exhibitions being the same. All applicants will have their submissions reviewed by CLA’s Curatorial Committee, comprised of leaders in Chicago’s creative community. Selected applicants will be offered exhibition space at one of the ACTIVATE events this year. There will be one event per month between May and October of 2015; specific dates will be announced this spring.


More than 14,000 people attended the first seven ACTIVATE events from September 2013 to October 2014, each of which transformed an iconic downtown alley into a pop-up urban celebration with art, music and interactive experiences. Over 140 Chicago artists were engaged for the series, with seven legacy murals remaining in Loop alleys.


For additional event information about ACTIVATE or this call for artists, please visit or email


The Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation (CLAF) is a 501 (c)(3) corporation that develops, supports, and promotes artistic, cultural, and public events that benefit businesses, individuals, and stakeholders within the service area of Chicago Loop Alliance. The Foundation backs programs and initiatives in priority areas, such as increasing arts participation, strengthening cultural programming in the community, fostering cross-sector partnerships, supporting public arts education, and more. Please


Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) creates, manages and promotes high-performing urban experiences, attracting people and investment to the Loop. For more information, please visit