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May 2019   Newsletter 
SLN Events

Yard Sale 
June 8

Printers Row tours
2 pm, June 8 & 9
departs from SLN table
near Printers Row Park

Grant Park Sculpture by bike
2 pm, June 23
departs from Art Institute garden at Jackson & Michigan 

Grills Night Out 
July 20

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Yard Sale Yard Sale
Sat., June 8 
9:00 am 
D earborn Park
9th & Plymouth
Members: Free
Non-members: $5

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

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.

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


424 S. Wabash
Orlando-based Ponte Health is proposing a 21-story tower  with assisted living  and medical o ffi ce space, replacing a surface parking lot at Van Buren and Wabash.  Called Vertical Medical City, the project  will offer "light" assisted living: housing for those who might need help  with meals and other basic services. Ponte plans a building with about 250 assisted living units and 200,000 square feet of medical offices. Rent will include basic medical care,  including quarterly doctor visits and diagnostic tests.

The development's program may still be in flux, as a rendering released by Ponte shows a taller building:

South Loop Bike Connections
Construction began last week to return protected bike lanes to Harrison. Plastic delineators were removed last year as various utility construction projects proceeded, and CDOT has started work on the project to replace the protection, and enhance it with concrete curbs where room is available.

A related project is installing about 120 feet of two-way cycleway in front of Dearborn Station, providing a safer connection for cyclists using Plymouth Court and the Dearborn cycleway.

Columbia sculpture park renovation
A reconstruction of Columbia College's sculpture park at 11th and Wabash is intended to freshen the space and introduce a new music and theater performance area. Alas, due to what's being called "internal miscommunication," the pocket park's best-known feature, the concrete sculpture Livonian Wolves at the Leaping Wall was destroyed during demolition.  

One Central looks to state assistance
for new transit hub
The developer of a huge proposed office-retail-residential
to be built on air rights over Metra's Weldon Yard, east of Central Station, was clear from the beginning that it would not be seeking TIF assistance from the city. Turns out that's because it's seeking state and federal assistance instead.

Landmark Development is asking to have a new "transportation hub" beneath its project included in a huge capital funding bill that is working its way through the General Assembly, and hoping to also take advantage of federal funding for rail-related infrastructure. As proposed, the state would pay back the developer for construction of the transit hub and shopping mall over a 20-year period, after which the state would own the facility.

It's unclear how receptive state leaders are to the novel idea. Also unclear is how it would benefit the Chicago region to create a new hub at this location underneath the developer's development site, and what rail or transit services would logically be extended there.

Ald. Dowell has scheduled the first in a series of workshops examining the proposal, June 5th at 6 pm at McCormick Place West Room W184. At that meeting, she'll outline the process for further detailed examination and community engagement regarding the project.


Volunteers needed for Lit Fest
The Near South Planning Board, the original founders of the Printers Row Lit Fest, will again own and manage the event. This year's Printers Row Lit Fest will be held on June 8 and 9 along Dearborn between Ida B. Wells and Polk. The event will feature local and international booksellers, presses and publishers.

NSPB is seeking volunteers to help make the event run smoothly. Needed are author escorts, stage cooordinators, program and venue support, and greeter/info booth staff. To volunteer, phone 312-987-1980.
Mercy Hospital investigating Legionella outbreak
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that an investigation is underway to determine the source of Legionella disease that was found at Mercy Hospital (2525 S. Michigan). Mercy is fully supporting the investigations by the IDPH and the Chicago Department of Public Health to determine the source of the bacteria.
Mercy Hospital and its patients are safe. The hospital has followed the guidelines for safe water management set forth in the ASHRAE 188-2018 standard and the Centers for Disease Control toolkit for Legionella water management program.

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.
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:

  • Petit Vanille (800 S. Michigan)
  • Benedetto Boutique & Handcrafted Jewelry (850 S. Wabash Ste. 220) 
  • SX Sky Bar (800 S. Michigan)
Opening Soon:
  • Williams Inn Pizzeria (2210 S. Michigan)
  • Giglio's (825 S. State)
  • Totto's Market (Dearborn & Polk)
  • 9 Round (767 S. State)
  • South Asia Institute (1925 S. Michigan)
  • Hoots (location TBD)
  • Vice District Brewing (Brewery)
  • Isabela's (Nail Salon)
  • Lobo Rey (Restaurant)
  • Bongo Room (Restaurant)
  • Z Gallery (Retail) 
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, visit  or follow Half Sour o n 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 June 12 .

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 May 21, 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 June 19, 2019. 
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

Women's Park
Open House
Sat, May 25, 2019 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Other Activities - Click here  
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 
Family Fishing
May 18, June 1 8:00 am - 10:30 am 

Veteran Fishing Derby
May 31 10:00 am- 3:00 pm

Nickelodeon Slime Fest
June 8-9

Glessner House 

Museum Free Days 
Adler Planetarium:  June 3-5, 10-13
The Field Museum:  June 26 -28
Pritzker Military Museum & LibraryJune 14 - Birthday of the United States Army

South Loop Elementary School Tour
All are welcome!  The tour is scheduled for June 10th at 6:00 p.m. or June 14th at 9:00 a.m. at 1601 S. Dearborn Street. 

Bike the Drive
Fifth Third Bike the Drive will close Lake Shore Drive to car traffic from W. Hollywood to E. 57th St. on Sunday, May 26th from 5:00 am to 11:00 am. 

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


Quarterly Members Meeting - Public Safety in the South Loop - May 1

May 1 2019 meeting

An Evening at the Jazz Showcase - May 15