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March 2019   Newsletter 
SLN Events
Members Dinner
1 pm to 3 pm, April 7
Chicago Curry House
899 S. Plymouth

Quarterly Member Meeting
Public Safety in the South Loop 
7 pm, May 1
Grace Place
637 S. Dearborn

Condo Presidents Roundtable  
6:00 pm, May 9 
899 S. Plymouth

SLN Jazz Showcase  
7:30 pm, May 15 
Jazz Showcase
806 S. Plymouth

Yard Sale 
June 8
9th & Plymouth
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Members Dinner
1 pm to 3 pm, April 7
Chicago Curry House
899 S. Plymouth

The details have been finalized for the Annual South Loop Neighbors Members dinner! The event is free to all members and in addition to camaraderie, included is a full buffet dinner and well as tickets for 2 drinks per attendee.
To RSVP, please email:

Quarterly Member Meeting:
Public Safety in the South Loop 
7 pm, May 1
Grace Place
637 S. Dearborn

There have been dramatic decreases in crime rates in the South Loop over the last year - much of this believed to be due to increased police resources and re-focused attention.  Where are the remaining "hot spots"?  What non-police resources can be utilized to increase the safety and quality of life for folks in the South Loop?  And just as important, what can we residents do to build and maintain our South Loop community?  Join with your neighbors for information sharing and discussion.
SLN - An Evening at the Jazz Showcase 
7:30 pm, May 15
Jazz Showcase
806 S. Plymouth 
Appetizers and Conversation - 7:30 pm  Music at 8 pm  
$10 - Members (in advance) 
$15 - Non-Members (in advance)
$15 Members/$20 Non-Members at the door 

To purchase tickets in advance, click here!


717 South Clark

As neighbors can attest, piledriving has begun for construction of a new tower on Clark between Harrison and Polk. Because pilings are only needed for the tower's piers, the noisy work should conclude by May 1.

The new building, a project of CMK Development, will be a 29-story apartment building with 349 units on the former parking lot. The Palmer Printing building, built in 1938 for First National Bank operations, will also be incorporated into the project, offering office space and parking spaces.

One Central

Developer Landmark Properties has begun to talk about schemes for creating a large residential and commercial project on the air rights above Metra's Weldon Yard. Ideas discussed at a Third Ward Town Hall March 13th include retail that would capitalize on the site's proximity to Soldier Field, with significant hotel and office uses as well as several thousand new residential units, and possibly a new neighborhood high school.  

The 34-acre site is currently served by Metra Electric, of course, and the underused McCormick Place busway passes underneath. The developer has raised the possibility of extending CTA trains and even Metra BNSF trains to the site, making a multimodal transit hub the project's centerpiece. As now planned, no streets from the west would extend into the site, and all vehicular access would be from Lake Shore Drive. Open space would surround the new buildings atop the rail yard, including a wide bridge across Lake Shore Drive to Soldier Field and Burnham Park. The developer has said it plans to seek no TIF funding, but reportedly are angling to get the significant transit projects included in a new state capital funding package. 

The Central Station project has always anticipated the development of these air rights, and recorded easements to preserve views from most of its buildings. Nonetheless, Central Station residents at the town hall meeting raised objections to the towers, to construction noise, to the improved transit access, and to increased foot traffic through the area. The Chicago Tribune reported that Ald. Dowell is already seeking reductions in building height and density, and asking to move foot traffic away from "Mark Twain Park," a never-dedicated open area near 15th Pl. and Prairie.

The latest South Loop development news can always be found at


SLN Trivia Night Public Held on March 13

Thanks to all who attended what is now the annual SLN Trivia Night. There was a fantastic turnout for an evening of fun, light-hearted competition and learning some secrets of the South Loop!

Missed it this year and want to see how you'd have done?  Here are six of the 100 questions:
  • What street has an honorary streetsign honoring Jacquelyn B. Vaughn?
  • Name the movie in which CTA agent Sandra Bullock rescues her crushee at the LaSalle/Van Buren L station?
  • What CTA train lines can be boarded at Harold Washington Library Center station?
  • The rose garden south of Buckingham Fountain is sponsored by what jeweler?
  • What book by Lois Wille tells the history of Dearborn Park?
  • Where can you play Bingo with Betty on alternate Wednesdays? 


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Jane Byrne Interchange Update 

On March 7, an Open House was held to provide members of  the gen eral public with an update on the status of this major road project impacting motor vehicle traffic throughout the loop. For those interested but were n ot able to attend, see information from meeting!

Look  Who's Coming to the South Loop!

Moody Tongue Brewing needed a larger space to brew more beer and has taken over the former Baderbrau B
rewery near McCormick Place in the South Loop. For more info  click here!

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

New 311 System
Test out the new 311 system. The City of Chicago is upgrading to a new 311 Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. If you'd like to test the new system, sign up, register at and provide your name and email address.

Other Neighborhood Events

CAPS meetings for 2019

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 March 28, 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 April 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 April 17, 2019. 

Roosevelt University's CCPA Symphony Orchestra  with Conservatory Chorus
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 3 p.m.
Symphony Center 
220 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60604
Free Concert
Tickets are not required. For more information, call (312) 341-2352 or     Visit our website

VIVID 2019: A Celebration of Jazz
Tuesday,  April 16 - 7:30 p.m.
Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University
50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
Free Performance
VIVID is a free event, but tickets are required. Tickets available to reserve through the Auditorium Theatre Box Office. 

SIGN UP for SPRING 2019 Programs Today!  
You can now sign up for Spring 2019 programs at Women's Park for at least 59 programs in Adult ans Senior Fitness/Wellness, Dance, Educational, Early Childhood, Decorative Arts, Recreation, Nutrition, Kids Activities & Sports. Included Free Senior programs in Yoga, Dance, and Chair Exercises. 

Most programs run from Monday, April 01 to Sunday, June 09.
  • Online registration begins Tuesday, February 26
  • In-person registration begins Saturday, March 02 at Women's Park .
To view class information & enroll for programs at Women's Park, go to: Women's Park Info 

To view class information & enroll programs at All Park District Facilities go to: All Park Dist. Facilities Info

Filming Notice

  Columbia College Chicago will be filming scenes for the short film titled "D.C." in your neighborhood on:

Friday, March 22nd 5pm - March 23 9pm 
The sidewalk of 1 E 18th Street - 24 E 18th Street 

If you have any questions, concerns or special needs, PLEASE CONTACT: 

Location Manager On-Site Coordinator Isabelle Shavrnoch Jace Reeves (734) 680-6213 (360) 808-3770 

Permits and traffic control, if required, are being coordinated by the Chicago Film Office and the Chicago Police Department. We will NOT block driveways, loading zones, fire hydrants, bus stops or disabled parking zones. 

If you have any additional questions regarding this filming, you may also contact the Chicago Film Office at 312-744-6415. 

We look forward to filming in your neighborhood and thank you for your cooperation.

PDNA Easter Egg Hunt 2019

Museum Free Days 

Adler Planetarium: 
April 2-4, 9-11

Art Institute of Chicago
Free admission on every Thursday evening from 5 - 8 pm.

Chicago History Museum 
Free admission to all Illinois residents every Tuesday from 12:30 to 9:oo pm (always free to children ages 17 and younger)

DuSable Museum of African American History
Admissions free to all every Tuesday

Field Museum: 
April 5-7 
Your Board
Benjamin Cottrell - Vice-President
Benjamin heads up his own firm - Benjamin Cottrell Designs, which is an innovative, full-service design firm, specializing in Interior Design and Event Production.  Benjamin joined the board in 2012 and has served as both our secretary and vice-president, and for the past four years has served as the Chair of Loft Walk.  Always the innovator, he took on the photo show in 2017 and over the years has set-up various collaborations with local businesses.
Robert Degnan - Secretary
Rob joined the board of South Loop Neighbors in 2014. He is an alumni of the University of Illinois at Chicago where he earned Bachelor's and Master's Degrees and is now working on a PhD.  He is a veteran having served 8 years as a reservist in the U.S. Marine Corps, and has worked for the City of Chicago since 1994, currently for the city's Department of Transportation. He served as secretary this past year and played a dual role of Membership Chair which had him organizing the annual member dinner. He has also been involved in various ways with all of our projects.

Christine Hunt - Director
Christine is an attorney in private practice in the South Loop and is an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School.  Christine joined the board in December 2014 and has been extremely active in the operations of SLN. Christine previously served as President of the Association where she oversaw all of the organization's external relations and internal and external communications.  She has also been deeply involved with the annual Loft Walk, and organized the Night Out at Sox Park.

Roger Marsh - Director
Roger joined the South Loop Board in December 2016, and has taken on several projects this past year.  Those of you who were at the candidate's meeting might remember his impressive presentation on charting the voting patterns of residents in the 4th Ward. He's done similar studies on crime in our area as well.  He has been involved with a variety of our projects, especially outreach-related ones such as passing out ice cream and public information the farmer's market, as well as at the Spoke and Bird. 

Dennis McClendon - Vice-President of Planning & Development 
Dennis probably doesn't need much of an introduction, expect for those who are new to South Loop Neighbors, as Dennis is pretty close to being the face of South Loop Neighbors, for his long tenure with the organization and its predecessor - Historic Printer's Row - and has held multiple positions, including President and Vice-President over the years. He is an attorney and the proprietor of Chicago CartoGraphics, a design firm that specializes in maps and information graphics.

Dorothy Miaso - Treasurer
Dorothy joined the board in December 2013 and has served as Treasurer for the past two years.  She has spearheaded the annual Night at Jazz Showcase, assisted with most of the organization's activities, and, like all of the board members has been involved in various ways with the Loft Walk.  She is the Executive Director of the Literacy Volunteers of Illinois, and a past community member of the Local School Council of Jones College Prep.

Jim Wales - President
Jim worked in law enforcement administration for over 30 years and for 20 years has been an adjunct faculty member at a suburban community college.   He is a retired chief of police for a suburban community and is very active in Rotary, where he serves as an International Service Advisor regarding volunteer service projects another countries.  After retiring from law enforcement, he settled in to the South Loop and is a Realtor with the South Loop office for Baird & Warner.