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November 2019   Newsletter 
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South Loop Neighbors would like to wish all a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Loft Walk
Sat. Dec 14
Noon - 5:00 pm

Deck The Halls!

Join the South Loop Neighbors for this years Loft Walk with the "Deck the Halls" theme returning for a 2nd year! Get into the spirit of the season while enjoying holiday decor and warming stations along the way at local retail galleries and cafes!
This highly anticipated event offers visitors a unique experience to see inside 8-12 urban residences and businesses. The self-guided tour begins at Grace Place (637 S Dearborn) where participants can either walk the route or take a free shuttle!
Willing to feature your loft or willing to volunteer? Send an email to

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  by December 31. 


Pepsico Moving Into Old Post Office
PepsiCo plans to move its 1,300 Chicago workers from an entire 17-story building to a single floor in the redeveloped Old Post Office, becoming the latest company to spread out in an ultrawide building. The Purchase, New York-based food and beverage giant has leased 192,000 square feet on the third floor of the 2.8 million-square foot former post office, where it plans to move in winter 2020, the company said.PepsiCo's Chicago office is the headquarters for its Gatorade, Quaker and Tropicana brands, as well as PepsiCo Beverages' North America Central Division. It is the company's second-largest office by employee count, trailing only the Frito-Lay headquarters in Plano, Texas.

DPI is working out of temporary space in downtown Chicago, holding classes, funding faculty research projects and ramping up its staff.  But the UI plans to build a new 500,000-square-foot facility in a $7 billion development known as "The 78" near the South Loop, using half of the $500 million promised by the state for DPI and the statewide Illinois Innovation Network.  The plan is to have DPI at "full strength" in its new building by 2023, UI President Tim Killeen said.  The city of Chicago recently approved incentives for The 78 development, which include housing, commercial space, a new train stop and reconfigured roads and Metra tracks.  "The road is going in, the bulldozers are there," Killeen said. For more info, see Gazette


Historic Auditorium Theatre Hosting Free Open House For 130th Birthday

 SOUTH LOOP - The Auditorium Theatre is hosting an open house for its 130th birthday.  Anyone will be able to explore the theater at 50 E. Ida B. Welles Drive during the Dec. 9 open house. The event marks 130 years to the day when the Auditorium opened in 1889, and the anniversary will be marked with a scavenger hunt, photo booth, tours and more activities.  The event begins with regularly scheduled tours at 10:30 a.m. and noon, which will be free with pre-registration.  The open house is 4-7 p.m. and there will be guided tours during the evening. At 6 p.m., the theater's CEO will lead a birthday toast with champagne and birthday cake.

Extra Precautions Urged to Prevent Package Thefts This Holiday Shopping Season
Chicago police have offered some tips for consumers to protect their package deliveries.  Police suggest signing up for delivery alerts and requiring a signature for all deliveries. CPS also recommends asking a trusted neighbor to hold your delivered package, shipping packages to your work office or taking advantage of in-store pickup. For more info  Click on this link

City Sticker Amnesty Month and Reduced Term City Stickers
City Sticker Amnesty Month runs through Thursday, October 31, 2019. During Amnesty Month residents can purchase their City Sticker with NO back charges or late fees. 

In addition to one year and two year City Stickers, residents will now have the opportunity to purchase City Stickers for a shorter period of time. Make sure to check the City Clerk's website , follow th em on all social media @ChiCityClerk or give them a call at (312)-74C-LERK for more information and updates.

Thanksgiving Refuse and Recycling Schedule

There will be no refuse or recycling collection on Thursday, November 29, 2019. All city-collected refuse will be serviced Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  Residents should ensure all black refuse carts are accessible throughout the week of collection, not solely on their regular day of collection. 

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:
  • Pacino's: Roosevelt Collection 
  • Hax: 733 S. Dearborn 
  • White House Black Market: Roosevelt Collection 
Opening Soon: 
  • Dearborn Denim & Apparel: 728 S. Dearborn  
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  SilverIP

Other Neighborhood Events

CAPS Meetings

Beats 111, 112, 113 & 114
Meetings will usually be held the 2nd Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm. There will be no meeting in December, the next meeting will be held in January. 

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.  There will be no meeting in December, the next meeting will be held in January. 

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.  There will be no meeting in December, the next meeting will be held in January. 

Beat 133
Meetings will be held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm. The meeting are held at Prairie Shore, 2901 S. Martin Luther King Drive.  There will be no meeting in December, the next meeting will be held in January. 


Thanksgiving Day Parade
Nov. 28 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am
State Street from Congress to Randolph 

Wreathing of the Lions
Nov. 29, 10 to 10:30 am

Head to the entrance of the Art Institute of Chicago to hear a holiday chorus and watch the unveiling of the lion statues decorated for the holidays at the 28th Annual  Wreathing of the Lions.
Northerly Island 
Polar Adventure Day 
Dec. 14  12:00pm -4:00 pm 

Snowtrekking at Northerly  Island 
Jan. 4, 10:00am - 2:00 pm

Museum Free Days 
Adler Planetarium : Dec. 2-3, 7, 12-13
Art Institute of Chicago: Every Thursday evening from 5 -8 pm for Illinois residents  
McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum: Free on Sundays
Shedd Aquarium:  Dec. 4 

Printers Row Park Park Advisory Council
The next meeting, which will include the Advisory Council Election, for the Printers Row Park Advisory Council will be Tuesday, January 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn. 

Grant  Park Advisory Council
Meetings in 2019 and 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 January 15, 2020.

Columbia College 
The Petty Biennial.2 
Glass Curtain Gallery - Columbia College Chicago
1104 S Wabash Ave, 1st Floor
November 7, 2019-February 14, 2020

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

Second Presbyterian Church 

Christmas Market: On Saturday, December 7th from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., we will be hosting a Christmas Market in the church. Come tour our historic Sanctuary, shop for unique gifts and stocking stuffers, and try some homemade hot chocolate! Vendors from the Chicagoland area will be here selling their handmade items. For more information, please contact Pastoral Assistant Leslie Deslauriers at

Sing Along Messiah: Join us for our annual Sing Along Messiah on Sunday, December 8th at 3:30 p.m. featuring solos from professional singers in Chicago and accompanied by an orchestra and our organ. The audience is invited to bring their own Messiah score or purchase one at the door. There will be a light reception in the Fellowship Hall following the performance. For more information, please see the church website at:

Liam's Table Thanksgiving Dinner.  A free Thanksgiving dinner will be served on Thursday, November 28 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church. Hosted by Milam and Harpreet Jovon and friends, this free meal is offered to everyone who has no place to go for the holiday. The luncheon will include turkey, dressing, salad, sweet potatoes, dessert and coffee. All are welcome. For more information, please see the church website at: 

Winter Coat Drive.  Second 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.


SLN Social - Bingo with Betty -  November 6