2018 Speakers Series featuring Lou Raizin, President, Broadway in Chicago
Oct 18, 2018 11:30 AM — 1:30 PM

2018 Speakers Series featuring Lou Raizin, President, Broadway in Chicago

"The Arts - Business and Politics"

Lou Raizin has over 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry. As a founder and the prime mover behindBroadway In Chicago, a joint theatrical venture formed in 2000, his leadership propelled the transformation of Chicago from a short-term stop on “the road” to the third most important city in the world for theater.  Encompassing the five premiere theater stages in the city, Broadway In Chicago has presented over 300 productions bringing an economic impact of over $750 million annually to the City of Chicago and State of Illinois, and supports more than 9,200 local jobs. Raizin’s focus on economic development, tourism and the support of culture in our City has led to the creation and continued sponsorship of the annual League of Chicago Theater’s Emerging Theater Award and the Illinois High School Musical Theatre Award.  Mr. Raizin has been named one of Chicago Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans and is a tireless advocate for Chicago as a cultural destination, having served as the Board Chair of the Chicago Loop Alliance leading the organization in the creation of Pop Up Art Loop, comprised of over 14 galleries and as well as the installation of a number of major public art projects in the city including the lighting and music display along State Street.

Mr. Raizin’s  focus outside of Broadway In Chicago is often at the intersection of Arts, Culture and Economic development that leads to jobs in the city.   He serves as Treasurer the Executive Committee of Choose Chicago, is a Board Member of the Magnificent Mile Association.  He previously chaired the State Street Commission, served as a member of  the Central Area Committee and the Economics Club as well as serving as a director of a number of other civic and not-for-profit organizations.  He created and currently chairs the Board of LUMA8 (Light Up My Arts), an entity of which currently supports the Arts In The Dark Parade and the River Walk Lantern Festival with many future projects in the works.   Lou also served as the catalyst for both the $9M permanent light art installation on the back wall of the Merchandise Mart, and a digital platform for tourism.