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Loft Walk 

It is with great disappointment to announce this years Loft Walk has been canceled. Under our current state of COVID-19 and restrictions from the city, this is not a safe or feasible time to hold such an event within people's personal spaces.

Loft Walk has been a signature event in the community for many many years. As a board, we are committed to bringing quality events to our neighbors and are already discussing new and exciting events for next year that cater to the new world we are living in, including an outdoor garden walking tour. 

Thank you for your understanding during these difficult times. We'd like to thank each and every one of you for supporting South Loop Neighbors.


New design shown for 601 S Dearborn
Transportation Building residents recently were shown a revised design for a new building proposed across Dearborn, on the site of the parking lot. In response to wishes previously expressed by the condo association, the new design breaks up the bulk of the 14-story building into three distinct masses, with a short five-story mass on the north end at Harrison.

As proposed, the new building would have 351 units, 60 percent of them studio apartments, 11 percent one-bedrooms, and 29 percent two-bedrooms. Of those, 10 percent would meet city affordability standards. The building would include 88 parking stalls.

Notably, the developer has not yet met with the city's Landmarks Division, which must approve any new building in the Printing House Row Landmark District. That body is likely to give a chilly reception to the building's informal massing, glass curtain wall design, and balconies, which are not typical of the district.

Because the parking lot now there was in 1981 tied to the Transportation Building in Planned Development No. 206, the condo association will likely have to give its consent for any project to proceed.

In Brief

Michigan Avenue is closed through Oct. 31 for work to replace the CN railroad overpass near 16th St.

Construction fencing at the Southbank site near Harrison and the riverwalk is to allow the old freight tunnels that run under the property to be sealed off. That, in turn, will allow foundation construction to begin on the next highrise there, which will be along and over the riverwalk, directly west of The Cooper. 

Demolition of 1608 S Wabash is reportedly to clear the way for construction of a highrise there, but no further information is yet known.

The website for 1000M has been switched to a mere placeholder showing no details, suggesting the project will not be proceeding in the near future. 

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 info on the above Click Here 

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

Chicago Museums Open Now or Opening Soon
Chicago has a great array of world class museums, many of them now either open or preparing to open. The museums that are open or preparing to open are doing so responsibly with proper social distancing, limiting capacities and enhanced cleanings. For information on a specific museum,  click here! 

To register to vote or change your address Click Here!
To volunteer as an election judge, Click here!


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!

CPS Playgrounds Remain Closed
As Chicago cautiously begins to reopen parts of our city, all CPS playgrounds will re

Grant Park Skate Park Updates 
The 1st District Police have recently assigned bike officers from the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) to the Grant Park Skate Park when they are not on other assignments. Officers have been assigned for both watches. The hours officers will be at the park may vary, but residents should see officers at the park throughout the day and for a period of time after the park closes each day. 

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: 
  • Adorable Baby (1462 S. Michigan)

Community Builder Spotlight 


Everywhere Wireless owns, manages and controls a Gigabit Internet Network, designed for multi-family communities and businesses here in Chicago. The Network is designed and engineered with multiple points of redundancy, including power, distribution and connectivity. EW offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee and can deliver speeds of more than 1,000 Mbps, also known as Gigabit Speeds.

For more information, visit  here!


Other Neighborhood Events

CAPS Meetings

The Police Department will be holding all Beat meetings via Zoom through the end of the year.   


Sector 10: 11/5/2020 @ 3 pm
Sector 20: 11/11/2020 @ 3 pm
Sector 30: 11/17/20 @ 3 pm

Printer Row Park Advisory Council
*On October 14, 2020 Park #543 was officially renamed Printers Row Park. Thank you to all who left public comments on the Chicago Park District site. 

*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

*Volunteers needed for "Let's Light Up the Park!"
We will be decorating the park for the upcoming holidays. Please email  Jim Rice if you would like to volunteer.   

*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 in 2020 will be held on the third Wednesday of each month, except December, at 6:30pm at the Maggie Daley Field House. For now, meetings will be held virtually via Zoom.The next meeting is scheduled for November 18 at 6:00 PM.  To register in advance for this meeting,  Click Here! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 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.

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


Willow Creek Church
There are several outdoor events coming up this fall that are open to the community. Here's the list:
  • October 31: Trick or Treat Trail (safe trick or treating in our parking lot)
  • November 28: Holiday Market (various fair trade and local vendors)
  • December 5: Canine Christmas (dog-friendly Christmas fun)
  • December 24: Christmas Eve service
Thank You To All Who Attended!

SLN Clean-Up Brigade on October 4