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August 2019   Newsletter 
SLN Events
State Legislator Forum 
7 pm, Aug. 28 
Grace Place
637 S. Dearborn

Yard Sale 
8 am, Sept. 7 

Photo Contest &
Printers Row Art Fest
Sept. 14-15 
10 am -  5 pm. 
Dearborn from
Polk to Harrison 

Pub Crawl 
2 pm, Oct. 19

Loft Walk 
noon-5 pm, Dec. 14
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Members Meeting:
State Legislator Forum
Wed., Aug. 28
Grace Place  
637 S. Dearborn St.

Our next public meeting for our membership will be an opportunity to hear what our legislators have been working on in Springfield. The five State Legislators who represent various portions of our area, State Reps. Sonya Harper, Lamont Robinson & Kam Buckner and State Sens. Mattie Hunter & Robert Peters have all been invited to participate. The legislators will each provide a brief overview of activities within their respective offices and then field policy questions as well as questions from the floor. 

Epic Burger will be supplying free samples at this event!

Dearborn Park Yard Sale 
Sat. Sept. 7, 8 am - 3 pm
D earborn Park  9th & Plymouth
Vendor Members: Free
Vendor Non-members: $5

Buy, sell, or browse. To reserve your spot, email:  yardsale@ .

SLN will have table at the Yard Sale and will accept donations that morning. SLN will sell donated items as a fundraiser and any unsold items wil be donated to a non-profit thrift store (not returned to donor) 

Photo Contest & Printers Row Art Fest 
Sat. Sept. 14, 10 am to Sun. Sept 15 5 pm
Dearborn St. from Polk St. to Harrison

Photo submissions are due Friday September 13 

The photos will be exhibited at the Printers Row Art Fest. Submissions must be dropped off in the 899 S. Plymouth Management Office before 5 pm September 13. Each person may submit up to five entries.

Entry Fee: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers) $30 (professionals) 

1st place: $150
2nd place: $100
Viewer's choice: $75 value 
(to be selected by attendees from 10:00 am - noon on September 15)

Click  here  for entry form. 

  • Photo must be taken in the South Loop within the last two years.
  • Entry must be at least 8"x10", framed in black and ready to hang with a wire across the back.
  • Exhibition information must be attached to back of framed photograph.
  • All photographers are responsible for obtaining any necessary model releases. (A release may not be necessary for photographs taken in public.) 
  • Framed photograph must be delivered to 899 S. Plymouth Ct. Management Office, September 9-13; 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Photos will be available for pick up September 15 at 5:00 pm or from 899 S. Plymouth Ct. Management Office September 17-20.
  • Photos left after September 20 will become the property of South Loop Neighbors.
  • Due to space constraints, only the top 50 entries as determined by the panel of judges will be exhibited at the Art Fest.
  • You may choose to sell your entry at the Art Fest; just indicate the price on your entry card.
Pub Crawl 
Sat. Oct. 19 
2:00- 6:00 pm 

Stay tuned for further details including which bars will be included this year! 

Loft Walk 
Sat. Dec. 14
noon- 6:00 pm 

Due to popular demand, SLN is doing a second year of "Deck the Halls" Loft Walk. 

If you're proud of your loft and how you've decorated it, don't keep it a secret! Show off a little!

We are looking for residences to feature on our annual Loft Walk. We are also in need of volunteers.

Willing to feature your loft or willing to volunteer? Send an email to


The South Loop's own little riverwalk

In late July the first section of the new riverwalk at Southbank opened to the public. A boardwalk begins at Harrison and runs about two-thirds of the way to River City, passing an "amphitheater" built of stacked limestone found on the site-remnants of the foundations of Grand Central Station. The new riverwalk can also be accessed through Southbank's open space from Wells. Several stylish new birdhouses have also appeared around the Southbank site.

Briefly Noted:  

Columbia College's Campus Center at 8th & Wabash has opened in time for the new school year. The reconfigured pocket park at 11th & Wabash should be open soon.

Construction has finally begun on the new Roots Pizza restaurant at Polk & Dearborn.

Construction continues on a new utility corridor along the route of the future Wells-Wentworth roadway between Roosevelt and 18th. The roadway isn't expected to be open to traffic until 2021 .


Printer Row Park - Potential Park Advisory Council

The Chicago Park District encourages communities to become more involved in their neighborhood park through the formation of a Park Advisory Council (PAC). Currently, there is no PAC formed for Printers Row Park (currently officially named Park No. 543). There are several individuals interested in filing to create an actual Park Advisory Council for this little gem in the heart of Printers Row. An informal organizational meeting is going to be held within the next few weeks (date, time and location TBD). If you would like to attend, email Information on Proposed PAC  and you will be notified of specifics of meeting, once set. 

Farmer's Markets 

  • Federal Plaza City Market (50 W. Adams): Tuesdays through Oct. 29
  • Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington): Thursdays through Oct. 24 
  • Printers Row City Market (700 S. Dearborn): Saturdays through Oct. 26
  • Maxwell Street Market (800 S. Desplaines): Sundays year round 
Volunteer Opportunity 

Who: Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago
What: Seeking tutors
Where: 1936 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60616
When: Wednesdays starting September 11 - December 18, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Why: Part of our continual effort to connect with our community

Every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. students in grades 2-8 are offered help with homework and development of reading skills in a structured, fun atmosphere. For those who would like to volunteer and for more information, please contact the church office at 312.225.4951 or email

Live Local - Shop Local 
The South Loop is a vibrant neighborhood and as it continues to grow, it becomes increasingly more important  for residents to support local small businesses. The benefits of shopping local are documented through a number of  studies. 

South Loop Neighbors especially urges residents to shop at local businesses that have partnered with the South Loop  Neighbors as Community Builders. Community Builders are businesses that are members of the SLN and who  recognize that a partnerships between SLN and local businesses creates an optimal environment for our neighborhood  to maintain and increase the vibrancy of the South Loop!  Please visit our website to learn more about our Community Builders.  

Local Business Happenings:
Newly Opened:  
  • Molly's Cupcake: 1150 S. Wabash  
  • Il Culaccino: 2134 S. Indiana Ave.
  • Giglio's: 825 S. State St.
Opening Soon:
  • All Star Seafood & Sports: 730 S. Clark
  • Overflow Coffee: 1449 S. Michigan Ave.
  • The Vanity Box: 1400 S. Michigan Ave
  • Lips: 2229 S Michigan Ave (opening Aug. 23)
  • Harold's Chicken:  1450 S. Michigan
Community Builder Spotlight 
Half Sour 

Half Sour was established in 2017 as a neighborhood cafe and bar in the Printer's Row neighborhood of Chicago.  Offering a warm and casual atmosphere, guests come to enjoy craft cocktails, Midwest beer, eclectic wine, and scratch-made food.  The cocktail program is developed by talented bartenders who work closely with the kitchen to change the list seasonally.  The menu offers fresh bagels, share plates, soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees, and the best burger in town.  The kitchen at Half Sour keeps the menu interesting with rotating specials ranging from seasonal favorites, fish and chips, fried chicken, steak, and vegetarian dishes.  A classic brunch menu is available every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-3pm.  Half Sour's Chef, Graham Akroyd, is an incredible young talent to watch.  All of the ingredients he uses are high quality and locally sourced whenever possible.

For more information on Half Sour, go to  their website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram @halfsourchicago

Other Neighborhood Events

CAPS Meetings

Beats 121,122,123 & 124 
Meetings will be held the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm, with two exceptions: Jul. 9 & Oct. 8. The meetings are held at 525 S. State Street.   The next meeting is September 12 , 2019.

Beat 131 & 132 
Meetings will held the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm. The meetings are held at the 1st District Station, 1718 S. State Street. The next meeting is September 17, 2019.

Beat 133
Meetings will be held the 3rd Wednesday of every minty at 6:30 pm. The meeting are held at Prairie Shore, 2901 S. Martin Luther King Drive. The next meeting is September 18, 2019. 

Take a Free Tour of McCormick Place Roof Farm
August 29,  5:00 - 6:00 PM
Reserve your space for the first tour of the season. Tour will meet at the South Loop Farmers Market (1936 S. Michigan Ave.) info tent at 4:30PM and walk a short distance to McCormick.  Walk-ups Welcome!

Movies in the Parks
Movies in the Parks brings big-screen entertainment to local parks for the nineteenth season. All movies begin at dusk.  

Chicago Women's Park (1801 S. Indiana Ave.)
Saturday, August 24th: First Man

A full list of movies can be found at

Northerly Island 
Learn to Kayak for Beginners 
Sept. 12, 19 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
For more information or to register, go to  Kayak

Family Fishing 
Aug. 24 8:00 am- 10:30 am 

Women's Park 
Star Party: Fri. Aug. 23 7:30-10:30 pm  

Museum Free Days 
Adler Planetarium : Sept. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
Art Institute of Chicago: Every Thursday evening from 5 -8 pm for Illinois residents 
Field Museum: Aug. 28, Sept. 4, 11, 18, 15
Shedd Aquarium: Aug. 26, 27 Sept. 3,4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30
Pritzker Military Museum & Library: Sept. 11 (Anniversary of 9/11), September 18 (Birthday for U.S. Air Force) 

Glessner House

Sun. August 25,  2:00-5:00pm
Free admission.  Enjoy ice cream and treats, popcorn, a face painter, balloon twister, and games for the kids. 

Wed. August 28,  Doors open at 5:30pm, music begins at 6:00pm
$10 per person
Pack your picnic, grab your blanket and chairs, and chill your favorite beverages. Elizabeth Doyle, singer-songwriter-pianist performs her eclectic mix of European and American jazz standards along with her own originals. She is joined by bass player extraordinaire, Jim Cox, who has played with everyone from Earl "Fatha" Hines and Rosemary Clooney to Marian McPartland.  Optional tours of Glessner House provided at the conclusion of the concert. 
Fred Anderson Park: 1611 S. Wabash  
Sat, Aug 31, from 2:00 - 3:00 pm AACM Celebrating Ancestors at Fred Anderson

Ping Tom Park: 1700 S. Wentworth    

Summer Dance in the Parks (ECI Salsa Mambo & Bachata): Thurs. Aug. 29 5:00-9:00 pm 

Wintrust Arena and Soldier Field events for a full list of events

Kayaking on the Chicago River  -  August 7

Ice Cream Social - August 20