The Chicago Loop is the city’s downtown area and one of the largest business districts in the United States. This east side tract extends north from the Roosevelt thoroughfare, bounded on its other sides by Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. High-rises account for most residential living in the district.

The Loop is known for its architectural history, wealth of museums and cultural institutions, elevated train cars and, of course, for its contribution to the city’s famous skyline. Skyscrapers like the Willis Tower (née Sears Tower), John Hancock Center and Aon Center are all stops – or at least notable sights – on a visit to Chicago. Architecture greats such as William Le Baron Jenny, Louis H. Sullivan, and Daniel H. Burnham all left their mark on Chicago’s downtown.

For Chicago residents, the Loop marks the center of public transportation with the “L” trains converging to form a loop around the downtown area. Despite being home to fewer than 30,000 people, come 7am on a weekday the Loop is the busiest area in Chicago with the arrival of heavy commuter traffic. Chicago and suburban residents come downtown from all over the region to work, shop and dine.

Sources: Encyclopedia of Chicago, City of Chicago website, Chicago Traveler website, Wikipedia


Fresh Start Day Care Center

For Corey Britt, the founder and owner of Fresh Start Day Care Center in Chicago, a partnership with Urban Partnership Bank is literally opening new doors for his business.


All About Kids

Tess McKenzie knows firsthand the power of small business loans to create jobs and improve communities. In 2002, McKenzie launched her All About Kids day care facility and saw it grow to serve more than 60 children and employ eight people. In 2010, she added two more classrooms and created five more jobs.

Partnership with The Resurrection Project to bring Workshops to Melrose Park and Bellwood

Our partnership with The Resurrection Project will support our shared communities through free financial seminars, financial tools, and a network of community organizations.

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Branch Address

55 E Jackson, 16th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604

Branch Hours

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm (by appointment)
Please call 773.420.4668 or 312.229.5252


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[Our executive team] brings leadership and expertise to Urban Partnership Bank that will help us provide underserved urban neighborhoods with quality financial services and contribute to our long-term success as a strong community development bank.

- William Farrow
President and CEO, Urban Partnership Bank