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June 2019   Newsletter 
SLN Events
Grant Park Sculpture  by Bike
2 pm, June 23
departs from Art Institute garden at Jackson & Michigan 

Condo Presidents' Roundtabl
6:30, July 11
899 S. Plymouth Ct. 

Grills Night Out 
July 20
Dearborn Park
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Grant Park Sculpture by Bike
Sun., June 23, 2:00 pm
Chicago tour guide Dennis McClendon will lead a bike tour of the world-famous public art found in Grant Park. Meet at the Art Institute's Stanley McCormick Court, northeast corner of Jackson and Michigan, at 2 pm.

Condo Presidents' Roundtable 
Thurs., July 11, 6:30 pm 
899 S. Plymouth Ct. Party Room 

Are you a condo board president? If so, join us (or send a representative) to meet other area board members, exchange ideas, discuss happenings in the neighborhood, and foster a sense of community.

Calvin Cornish of Nania Energy Advisors will be present to discuss ways to save money on gas, electric, and water usage. 

Grills Night Out
Sat., July 20
D earborn Park 
9th & Plymouth

Bring your own meat (or veggies) and join your neighbors for a midsummer's night of good food and good times. South Loop Neighbors will provide the grills, drinks, chips, and dessert.

T his is an all-neighborhood party! You do not need to be a member of South Loop Neighbors to attend the event. Tell your neighbors who may not get our newsletter


River Walk 
Crews are putting the finishing touches on a quarter-mile-long pedestrian path between Harrison Street and the  River City Apartments  along the river's south branch. Click here for more information. 

Roots Pizza 
The third location of Roots Handmade Pizza is projected to open in 2020 across from Dearborn Station, adjacent to Printers Row and Jones College Prep.

The first-floor cozy ambience will contrast the second floor's entertainment-focused vibe and both spaces will be curated in a manner to capture different market segments. Click here for more information. 

Bike Lane and Pedestrian Improvements on Polk Street Complete  

The update included adding concrete curb protecti ons for bikers and additional signage. 

The Collective: 633 S. LaSalle 

The Collective is looking to replace the parking lot at 633 S. LaSalle S t reet with a 17-story project.   The co-living concept offe rs residents a more affordable entry point in a neigh
borhood by providing smaller, fully furnished private bedrooms and shared common spac es. A single payment from the tenant covers rent, utilities, furniture, and even linen service. Click here for more information. 


South Loop Elementary enrollment information
Registration for South Loop Elementary for fall 2019 is open for neighborhood residents (those living north side of 18th Street to Wacker drive; east of the river to the lake).  Documents needed for registration are included on the school website. Register early so the school can adequately plan for staffing and space utilization.

Electric Scooter Pilot Program 
The city chose 10 companies to run a four-month, 2,500 electric scooter pilot and launched a quickie education plan to persuade Chicago residents and visitors to abide by the rules of the road. The 10 companies  will each be granted 250 scooters to operate within a 50-square mile test area bounded by Halsted Street and the Chicago River on the east; Irving Park Road on the north; Harlem and the city limits on the west and the Chicago River on the south.
During the four-month test, users will be free to "access the scooters wherever it is legal to lock a bike in the public way," according to City Hall. For more information, see

Chicago PD 1st District Community Policing Strategic Plan  
The Office of Community Policing has supported Districts in the creation of Community Policing Strategic Plans which outline a District's core crime reduction priorities, community engagement and collaborative community-building goals over the course of a year. The plans were developed in close collaboration with community members, who shared their input and feedback during two different community conversations held in each District throughout Chicago. Below is a section of the 1st District's plan as it relates to Community Driven Approaches. 

To view the entire  plan developed for the 1st District, go to

Mariano's Renovation
Mariano's is preparing for a renovation, which means they will temporarily have reduced inventory. They plan to remain open during remodeling.   

Bee Keepers Collect Swarm of Bees on South Loop Newspaper Box
In the days immediately preceding the Lit Fest, a bystander saw a swarm of bees and sent out a call for help on Facebook; beekeepers responded. The beekeepers believe the bees were searching for a new home, and once they got the queen in the hive, the rest followed.  Click here for the video of the CBS news segment.
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 urge 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:

  • Mei's Asian Small Plates & Dumplings (11th & Wabash)
  • Sumi Japanese Restaurant (1303 S. Michigan)
Opening Soon:
  • Crab Bucket Restaurant (21st & Michigan) 
  • Grail Cafe (715 S. Dearborn)
  • Teriyaki Madness (829 S. Wabash) 
  • I Love Kickboxing  (1325 S. Michigan)
Community Builder Spotlight 

Formed in 2001, SilverIP was born on the premise of leading technology paired with concierge-level customer service. We value our relationship with each of our 20,000+ customer and are happy to share our expertise with them. We specialize in providing ultra-fast Internet with speeds up to one gigabit to residential and commercial buildings, counting many of Chicago and Milwaukee's premiere and iconic properties as our clients. Our world-class team is guided by our core belief of providing our clients with exceptional value and service that is unmatched by any other provider. SilverIP has been based out of the South Loop for years, and we recently moved into our own building at 2241 S Wabash Avenue.

For more information on, visit


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  July 9, 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 July 16, 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  July 17, 2019

Take a Free Tour of McCormick Place Roof Farm
June 27,  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!

2019 Summer Camps & Programs Now Available
View Chicago Park District summer adult fitness programs and youth summer camps today!  

2019 Summer Online Registration is in progress 
Session Dates - 
  • Day camps - (the standard 6-week camp) runs June 24 - August 2.
  • Other Programs - Most other programs start the week of June 17 and run through the week of August 19.
For more Information on Chicago Park District Summer Camps, click here:

View class information & enroll for summer programs at Chicago Women's Park & Gardens, click here

View class information for ALL Chicago Park District Facilities click here
Movies in the Parks
Movies in the Parks brings big-screen entertainment to local parks for the nineteenth season. All movies begin at dusk.  

Cotton Tail Park (44 W. 15th St.)
Monday, June 24th:  The LEGO Movie 2

Chicago Women's Park (1801 S. Indiana Ave.)
Sunday, June 30th: The Incredibles 2
Saturday, July 13th: Dunkirk
Thursday, August 1st: Jane Eyre
Saturday, August 24th: First Man

Daniel Webster Park (1357 S. Indiana Ave.)
Monday, July 8th: Peter Rabbit

A full list of movies can be found at
Ping Tom Park 
Side by Side with the Chicago Philharmonic - June 29 - Ping Tom Memorial Park
Students and community members are invited to bring their instruments and collaborate with Chicago Philharmonic musicians in rehearsing and performing free concerts for members of the community and the general public. 

Open rehearsal from 3-5 pm  
Free community concert 6-7 pm. 

No tickets are required for the concert. Participation for community musicians is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Register here.

Northerly Island 

Glessner House 

Museum Free Days 
Art Institute of Chicago: Every Thursday evening from 5 -8 pm for Illinois residents 
The Field Museum:  June 26-28
Shedd Aquarium: Jue 24 and 25 
Pritzker Military Museum & LibraryJuly 4 (Independence Day) and August 4 (Birthday of the U.S. Coast Guard) for a full list of events


Yard Sale  -  June 8

Printers Row Walking Tours - June 8 & 9