In September 1985, Mayor Harold Washington asked the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago, comprised primarily of the chief executives from Chicago's largest corporations, to evaluate the financial health of the City. In response, the Civic Committee and Chicago United established the Financial Planning Committee, bringing together more than 70 executives to study the budget, evaluate long-range financial prospects, and make recommendations for strengthening the financial condition of Chicago. In 1987, the Financial Research and Advisory Committee (FRAC) was organized to implement and improve upon these recommendations. In 2005, FRAC became the Civic Consulting Alliance - a name that reflects both the wider range of issues CCA takes on today and our unique approach to working with partners across the civic landscape.
In 2006, The Civic Consulting Alliance celebrated 20 years of helping to make Chicago a great place to live, work, and do business. Our roots reach back to more than 120 years, reflecting a longstanding spirit of public private partnership in Chicago.