Former accidental tourist to Chicago now works to bring more people into the Loop
Ty Tabing



Executive director, Chicago Loop Alliance

Age: 44

Personal:  Single. "I came out when I finished grad school at 25. It's nice living in a city like Chicago where most people don't give a damn."

Life after work: Known for throwing great, impromptu parties at his Loop condo. "If you live downtown, everybody wants to go to your house and hang out after work."

Latest building to save: The Bakers Shoes building at 133 S. State St., originally Chandler's Shoes. Tabing stepped in as negotiator between the city and the developer, New York-based Thor Equities, to preserve some of the building's historic 1940s storefront. 

Life under Mayor Rahm Emanuel: One of 17 people named to the new mayor's transition committee on government reinvention and budget. Hosted a committee brainstorming session in his home that went late into the evening.

What's next: "As much as I love this city, it's a big world out there, and I'm intrigued by a lot of other cities. I love San Francisco and New York and Asheville (N.C.). We'll see how it goes. I can see myself in the next couple years relocating. It's in my DNA either to work for a city or in a quasi-governmental capacity."



Loop trivia



The famous Route 66 highway starts in the Loop, at Michigan Avenue and Jackson Street. It ends 2,500 miles later, in Los Angeles.

The first Chicago liquor license was issued to Berghoff's in 1933.

The Loop is the largest college town in Illinois, with more than 65,000 students.

More than 300,000 people come to work in the Loop each day.

SOURCE: Chicago Loop Alliance