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The South Loop Neighbors want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving! 

Annual Public Meeting
Tue. Jan. 5
7:00  pm - 9:00 pm
Location: ZOOM

SAVE THE DATE! More information on the program, which will include the election of SLN Board Officers, will be coming in the December Newsletter so stay tuned and mark the date in your calendar now! 

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  the President by December 31. 


At The 78, roadway & DPI move forward
The state recently released $23.5 million in design and planning funds for the $250 million 500,000-square-foot Discovery Partners Institute that will be built in The 78. DPI is a University of Illinois project focused on training for high-demand tech jobs. The state also announced the selection of Dallas-based design and consulting firm Jacobs and OMA-AMO, a Rotterdam architectural firm whose partners include Rem Koolhaas, to design the DPI building. Koolhaas is best known in Chicago for IIT's McCormick Tribune Campus Center.  

The new Wells-Wentworth roadway through the site nears completion (though probably not opening to the public).  Street trees were placed last week, and work has finally begun on a new railroad underpass near Ping Tom Memorial Park.  In late October, the contractor posted this drone video of the new street.

2423 S State
Construction permits have been issued for a five-story residential building here. Owner City Pads plans nine units with a co-living layout. Other features will include a roof deck and accompanying pergola, a six-foot masonry trash enclosure, and five outside parking spaces. 

South Loop Development Roundup 
A reminder: Our Sept. 16 online meeting covered the development and planning issues active in the neighborhood. If you weren't able to attend, you can view the entire presentation on YouTube.

The latest on all South Loop projects can always be found at


Covid 19 

For more information the Tier 3 Mitigation Plan, Click Here.

For more info on Covid, please check the following sites.


During these unique times, the Chicago Public Schools have a website dedicated to assist in obtaining information in Bomben location. For info, click  CPS Info!

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.  

New Openings: 
  • Paisans Pizzeria (700 S. Clark)
  • Clean Your Dirty Face ( 1347 S. Michigan) 
  • Ghost Kitchen - South Loop Food Company ( 2357 S. Wabash) 
Coming Soon:
  • Million's Crab (1329 S. Michigan) 
The following were compiled by @mrsouthloop on Instagram.

Side note, Chicago Waffles is offering a 10 percent discount for MrSouthLoop followers for Takeout and Call in orders! Just have to mention MrSouthLoop to get the discount! 

Community Builder Spotlight 
Friends of the Park 
One of South Loop Neighbors Community Builders is Friends of the Park. Over the course of time, there have been a number of volunteers who come out every week during the Spring, Summer and Fall, absent inclement weather. These volunteers silently give their time, cleaning and maintaining the park for the benefit of all. Many have become members of the newly formed Printer Row Park Advisory Council, and have continued their diligence and volunteer work in keeping the park sparkling!

On behalf of all the residents in the community - THANK YOU! 

Other Neighborhood Events

CAPS Meetings

CAPS meeting will resume in January, 2020. TBD of they will be via Zoom or in-person.  
Printer Row Park Advisory Council
 New sign for Printers Row Park unveiled by the officers for the PAC!
*2021 PAC meeting schedule:
January 21 7PM, Zoom meeting
-Speaker/Greg Borzo, author of Chicago's Fabulous Fountains
April 15 7PM, location TBD
July 15 7PM, location TBD
October 21 7PM, location TBD

*Printers Row Park is now accepting donations.  We have opened a Foundation account which will allow your donation to be tax deductible. Please email Dorothy Mench for details.  

*Questions and/or comments can be emailed to the PAC We hope to hear from you!

Grant  Park Advisory Council
Meetings for 2020 have concluded after the November 18 meeting was held. The The meetings will resume again in January, 2021.  Meeting sill be held monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6 pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be virtual via Zoom. Further information can be obtained at GPAC Facebook Page  

Columbia College 

Cristal Sabbagh: OOPS! POW! SURPRISE!
Glass Curtain Gallery-Columbia College Chicago
1104 S Wabash Ave, 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 60605 November 12, 2020
-February 19, 2021
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Capacity of gallery is 10 visitors, and masks are required.
Note: All programming for OOPS! POW! SURPRISE! will take place online. Thursday, November 12, 2020, 6-7 p.m.
Note: All programming for OOPS! POW! SURPRISE! will take place online.

Cristal Sabbagh Artist Talk
December 5-6, 2020

Freedom From and Freedom To Presented in partnership with Elastic Arts
Thursday, February, 11, 2021, 6-7 p.m.
OOPS! POW! SURPRISE! Performance
With collaborators Erin Peisert, Scott Rubin, Keisha Janae, Ramah Malebranche, and Sara Zalek


Thank You To All Who Attended!

SLN Slow Roll Bicycle Tour