The mission of CIVL is to advocate
on behalf of Chicago's independent performance venues.
CIVL acts to secure the long-term future of these and other venues for the benefit of our communities and emerging artists. Member venues have played a crucial role in the development of Chicago’s music over the last 50 years by nurturing local, national and international talent, and providing a platform for these artists to build their careers and develop their music. Chicago's independent venues provide thousands of jobs, as well as millions of dollars in salaries, revenues, charitable donations and taxes. CIVL strives to gain recognition for the essential role these venues have played in defining the music culture as it exists in Chicago today.
We are pleased to honor CIVL for going above and beyond the call of duty to stand alongside park activists in the fight for an appropriate riverside redevelopment on the old North Branch Industrial Corridor.
While former Mayor Rahm Emanuel worked to ram Sterling Bay’s Lincoln Yards through TIF district approval before leaving office, these small music club owners banded together with each other to fight the proposed riverfront sports stadium/concert venue as well as alongside those of us fighting for the North Branch Park and Preserve concept. Their willingness to look far beyond their immediate interests to stand together with the TIF Equity Coalition trying to slow down the Lincoln Yards “done deal” in favor of a more thoroughly vetted process and publicly-accountable project is not to be overlooked.