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Happy Holidays 

The South Loop Neighbors would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday!

Annual Public Meeting
Tue. Jan. 5
7:00  pm - 9:00 pm
Location: ZOOM

An exciting and informative program has been developed for the annual meeting.  The pandemic has had an impact on many people in a variety of ways. Although it looks like we are rounding the corner in dealing with Covid, the next few months will still be a struggle. As such, we have 2 amazing speakers who will be speaking on Covid and giving tips and suggestions. The 1st presentation will be by Dr. Mary Berge, a practicing clinical psychologist and frequent speaker and trainer, will give a presentation on "How to Stay Sane as COVID-19 Continues". The 2nd presentation will be by our very own SLN member, Dr. David Hunt. His presentation will be on "Grieving Losses from Covid 19 - It's More Than Losing a Loved One". 

The meeting will also give us a chance to check in and hear form our Community Builder members.  With this being our Annual Public Meeting, it will also include the election of SLN Board Officers!

So mark the date on your calendar! 

Meeting ID: 810 8013 0775
Passcode: 762240

Call for Board Members 

Would you like to be more involved in the South Loop Neighbors? If you're interested in being on the board, please email  the President by December 31. 


New "stadium" for e-gaming
Developers unveiled plans in late November to create Chicago's first dedicated e-sports stadium at 2500 S. Wabash. The proposed venue, named Surge, would have room for hundreds of spectators to watch professional video game competitions. The project also would include a bar and restaurant, and space for as many as 80 people at once to participate in virtual reality games together in a 25,000-square-foot free-roam arena.

More on Discovery Partners Institute
Pritzker Foundation announced in early December it is giving $10 million over the next five years to The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) to support and develop promising and more diverse tech talent in Illinois. The facility will be one of the anchors for the project called The 78, on the land south of Roosevelt between Clark and the river. It's expected to feature an avant-garde design, from a team led by internationally famous architect Rem Koolhaas.

The funding will establish the Pritzker Tech Talent Labs at DPI, which will help Illinois workers better adapt to a challenging and quickly changing economy, and help thousands of women and people of color secure high-paying tech jobs. 

Led by the University of Illinois System in partnership with top research universities, DPI has three goals: Training for high-demand tech jobs; conducting applied R&D; and supporting Chicago's tech community.

South Loop Development Roundup 
A reminder: Our Sept. 16 online meeting covered the development and planning issues active in the neighborhood. If you weren't able to attend, you can view the entire presentation on YouTube.

The latest on all South Loop projects can always be found at


      Additional resources can be found by clicking here!

Covid 19 

For more info on Covid, please check the following sites.


During these unique times, the Chicago Public Schools have a website dedicated to assist in obtaining information in Bomben location. For info, click  CPS Info!

1420 S. Michigan Ave. Cannabis Dispensary Application Withdrawn

Midway Dispensary has formally withdrawn their application with the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for a Special Use Permit to open a cannabis dispensary at 1420 S. Michigan Ave. in the 3rd Ward. This means that there will be no upcoming hearing on the proposed dispensary and the dispensary can not open at that location. To open, the applicant would need to submit a new application, be scheduled for a new a hearing, and receive approval from the ZBA following the public hearing. 

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.  

  • Michael's (1101 S. Canal)
The following were compiled by @mrsouthloop on Instagram. 

Side note, Chicago Waffles is offering a 10 percent discount for MrSouthLoop followers for Takeout and Call in orders! Just have to mention MrSouthLoop to get the discount! 

Community Builder Spotlight 
Baird & Warner

Baird & Warner's South Loop office opened it's doors in 2016 and is helping make South Loop real estate easier. Our highly trained, full-time sales associates are available to answer all your real estate questions quickly and knowledgeably. We offer exclusive listing and buyer brokerage and are experts in single-family home, condominium, townhome, multi-unit and new construction transactions. Our full buyer representation program helps our clients find the right home with the best possible terms, and we strive to get the best price for our sellers' homes in the shortest period of time with the least amount of inconvenience. We also offer one-stop-shopping for all your real estate needs -- including financial, title and home services -- and our on-site mortgage representative is available to provide convenient and confidential financial counseling. 

For more information, visit Our Website!

Nate Thompson
Baird & Warner
Designated Managing Broker - South Loop
"Member of Chicago REALTORS Young Professionals Network"
708-261-1405 - Cell
312-414-3315 - Office

Other Neighborhood Events

CAPS Meetings

CAPS meeting will resume in January, 2020. TBD of they will be via Zoom or in-person.  
Printer Row Park Advisory Council

*2021 PAC meeting schedule:
January 21 7PM, Zoom meeting
-Speaker/Greg Borzo, author of Chicago's Fabulous Fountains
April 15 7PM, location TBD
July 15 7PM, location TBD
October 21 7PM, location TBD

*Printers Row Park is now accepting donations.  The PAC has opened a Foundation account which will allow your donation to be tax deductible. Please email Dorothy Mench for details.  

*Questions and/or comments can be emailed to the PAC and they hope to hear from you!

Grant  Park Advisory Council

Regular GPAC Meetings for 2020 have concluded after the November 18 meeting was held. The The meetings will resume again in January, 2021.  Meetings will be held monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6 pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be virtual via Zoom. Further information can be obtained at GPAC Facebook Page  

There will however be a GPAC Safety & Security Meeting on January 7, 2021. The major focus of the meeting will be discussion on complaints of motorcycle being driven recklessly on multiple occasions within the Park, specifically in the area around Buckingham Fountain and potential methods to successfully address the situation. Representatives from Ald. Dowell, Ald. King and Ald. Reilly offices, along with representatives from the Police Department and Park District Security have been invited to attend and participate in the discussion.  The meeting is open to the public and those interested in attending can register  here After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Columbia College 

Cristal Sabbagh: OOPS! POW! SURPRISE!
Glass Curtain Gallery-Columbia College Chicago
1104 S Wabash Ave, 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 60605 
March 8, 2021
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Capacity of gallery is 10 visitors, and masks are required.
Note: All programming for OOPS! POW! SURPRISE! will take place online. Thursday, November 12, 2020, 6-7 p.m.
Note: All programming for OOPS! POW! SURPRISE! will take place online.

Freedom From and Freedom To Presented in partnership with Elastic Arts
Thursday, February, 11, 2021, 6-7 p.m.
OOPS! POW! SURPRISE! Performance
With collaborators Erin Peisert, Scott Rubin, Keisha Janae, Ramah Malebranche, and Sara Zalek

Second Presbyterian Church 
Seeking volunteers for the Lunch Bag program. Volunteers arrive at 10:30 a.m., pack lunches and serve them to neighbors in need, concluding by 1:00 p.m. Everyone must wear a mask and keep strict social distancing. 

Annual Winter Coat Drive. Items needed include warm sweaters, hoodies, sweatshirts, mittens, scarves and socks. Donations may be dropped off at the north parking lot door of the church Tuesdays through Fridays, 9:30 a.m-- 1p.m. 

For more information, please contact the church office (312) 225-4951 or 
e-mail Pastor David Neff at

Happy New Year!