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February 2020  Newsletter 
SLN Events
Candidates Forum 
Mon., Feb. 24
7 pm - 9 pm
2nd Presbyterian
1936 S. Michigan

Trivia Night
Wed., March 11
Bar Louie (Back Room) 
47 W. Polk
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Trivia Night 
Date: March 11
Location: Bar Louie

This event has been so much fun that we're having a third South Loop-themed trivia night.

There is no cost to participate in this event, nor do you need to be a member of SLN (but you should consider it!) Food and drink are at your own expense. Come with a whole team, or meet your neighbors by pooling your knowledge. (So we can arrange enough fabulous prizes for the winners, only 4 persons to a team, please.) Email to reserve your spot!


Getting serious at The 78

Related Midwest, developer of the project known as "The 78,"announced Feb. 12 that it will start construction in the next year with a nearly 3 million-square-foot first phase that will include apartments, student housing, retail space and the University of Illinois's Discovery Partners Institute (left). 

The first phase also will include 1.5 million square feet of loft-style and high-rise office space; 700,000 square feet of apartments and student housing; and 100,000 square feet of fitness, retail, hotel, restaurant, retail and cultural space. Related said it plans to complete the first phase, mostly at the north end of the site, by 2024.

The 62-acre project   will eventually stretch from Roosevelt Rd. to Chinatown and bring as many as 10,000 dwelling units, a new park and riverwalk, and a CTA Red Line station at 15th & Clark.

Redevelopment at Plymouth & Van Buren
The city will soon be issuing a request for proposal for a developer to redevelop city-owned land at Plymouth and Van Buren, south of Plymouth Restaurant. Adjacent Pritzker Park is not part of the land being offered, though developers will be encouraged to promise improvements to the park.   A public meeting on the process will be held Wed., March 4  at 6 pm at the Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium (lower level).

Downtown residents and community stakeholders can also provide input on the site by taking an online survey at

In Brief
Motor Row streetscaping improvements, including wider sidewalks, will be coming soon to Michigan Ave. between Cermak and 24th, now that the city and state have resolved their differences over the roadway width. Construction should begin this spring.

Reconstruction of the St. Charles Air Line continues.   Northbound Wabash will be closed for construction Feb. 24-Mar. 1.   A full construction schedule, shown at Ald. Dowell's Jan. 30 meeting on the project, can be seen at  

The Goddard School, a high-end preschool under construction at Cullerton & Indiana, should open in April.

The latest on all South Loop projects can be found at


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:
  • Hayden Hall: 333 S. Wabash
  • RSTR (gym): 1325 S. Michigan 
  • Akhirah's (1845 S. State): new location TBD
  • Tejas Yoga: moving to 1345 S. Michigan
Opening Soon: 
  • My Gym: 1333 S. Wabash
  • Jerk Palace: 731 S. Dearborn 
  • Lao Sze Chuan: 614 S. Wabash 
Community Builder Spotlight 

Located in the South Loop, Harbor is a purveyor of fine American dining presented by Chef Anthony Bernal.
Harbor is now open and is located in the South Loop. Chef Anthony Bernal is serving high quality interpretations of classic dishes focusing on locally sourced ingredients, paying homage to the Great Lakes region. The beverage program features regional beers, enjoyable and balanced cocktails as well as a robust selection of wines from around the world.
Harbor's interior, designed by architect firm Barker/Nestor partnering with Ingrassia Design and built by Level Construction, reflects the sensibilities of the surrounding area while also acknowledging the region's storied past. Timberwolf Slabs from Crystal Lake, IL custom built the dining tables including a 17ft single slab live edge walnut table.
Guests can choose from different dining options whether sitting at the raw bar, dining by the fireplace, lounging at a banquette or watching Chefs prepare their food seated at the dining counter.

1312 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 
Hours:  Sun-Thurs 4pm-10pm,  Fri-Sat 4pm-11pm
Phone  (312) 736-1570

Other Neighborhood Events

CAPS Meetings

Beats 111, 112, 113 & 114
Meetings will usually be held the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm. The next meeting will be held at the 400 E. Randolph Condo Building on March 5. 

Beats 121,122,123 & 124 
Meetings will be held the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm. The meetings are held at 525 S. State Street. The next meeting will be held on March 11. 

Beat 131 & 132 
Meetings will held the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm. The meetings are held at alternating locations, the 1st District Station, 1718 S. State Street and 2722 S. Dr. ML King Drive. The next meeting will be held at 2722 S. Dr. ML King Drive on March 17. 

Museum Free Days 

Adler Planetarium: March 9-12
Art Institute of Chicago:  Every Wednesday evening from 5 -8 pm for Illinois residents  
Field Museum: February 1-29
Glessner House Museum: Admission is free to all on Wednesdays 
McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum:  CLOSED TEMPORARILY - REOPENS MAY 9 
Museum of Science and Industry: February  24-27
Shedd AquariumFebruary 24-28

Grant  Park Advisory Council
Meetings in 2020 will be held on  the third Wednesday of each month , except December, at 6:30pm at the Maggie Daley  Field House. Next meeting is March 18, 2020.

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

Second Presbyterian Church 
Winter Coat DriveSecond Presbyterian Church hosts its annual Winter Coat Drive during the months of November through February. Donations of warm clothes, sweat shirts, hoodies, sweaters, coats, gloves, caps, scarves and mittens will be distributed to our neighbors in need. Donations are received Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. For more information, please call the church office (312) 225-4951.

Glessner House, located at 1800 S. Prairie Avenue in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood, will host a series of events during "Mattie Williamson Week," March 8-14, 2020. Mattie was the much-loved cook for the Glessner family from 1892 until 1912, and her life working in a large Chicago home during the Gilded Age will be explored, and samples of the foods she prepared will be available, using her historic recipes. Highlights of the week include:
Cooking With Mattie
Sunday March 8 at 2:00pm.
Join Mattie Williamson, portrayed by Ellie of ElliePresents, as she prepares both sweet and savory shortbreads, using historic cooking methods. Attendees will receive raw dough and a recipe card to take home. $25 per person.
A Servant's Life
Tuesday March 10 at 7:00pm
Curator William Tyre will present a fascinating look at life behind the scenes at Glessner House and other Prairie Avenue mansions. The evening will include the release of the reprint of Mary Alice Molloy's book, Prairie Avenue Servants, out of print for more than two decades. $15 per person.
Dinner with Mattie
Thursday March 12 at 5:30pm
Ellie of ElliePresents cooks an authentic six-course dinner utilizing Frances Glessner's menu books and Mattie's recipes, which will be served by liveried staff in the dining room. Enjoy oysters on the half shell, gumbo, white fish, chicken timbale, venison, salad and more while dining in the historic dining room. Limited to 30 people. $750 per person.
Dessert and Presentation by Mattie
Thursday March 12 at 8:00pm
Join Ellie for a delicious two-course dessert including Frances Glessner's favorite pistachio cake, ice cream molded in the shape of four-leaf clovers, bon bons, and candied orange peel and pecans. Ellie will portray Mattie, sharing her twenty years at Glessner House. $75 per person.
Screening of Gosford Park
Saturday March 14 at 7:00pm
Julian Fellowes won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for this movie set in a 1930s British country estate, where the servants are among the chief suspects after the host is murdered. $15 per person.
Glessner House is a National Historic Landmark and widely regarded as the urban residential masterpiece of architect Henry Hobson Richardson. Reservations may be made online at For more information, call 312-326-1480.



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