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September 2019   Newsletter 
SLN Events
Pub Crawl 
2 pm, Oct. 19

Loft Walk 
noon-5 pm, Dec. 14
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Pub Crawl 
Sat. Oct. 19 
2:00- 6:00 pm (Check-in, Registration & Specials starts at 1:30 PM)

The 3rd Annual Pub Crawl will have participants visiting  5 establishments offering drink and food specials for registered participants of this event. New for this year - bus transportation for those participants that would prefer to ride versus walk!  Early registration - $10 per member, $15 per non-member.  Day of registration will be $15 per member, $20 per non-member. Pub Crawl includes drink & food specials, bus transportation, appetizers and a door prize raffle at the last stop!

To reserve your spot,  click here!

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 residence and businesses. The self-guided tour begins at Grace Place (637 S Dearborn) where participants can either walk the route or take a free trolley!

Willing to feature your loft or willing to volunteer? Send an email to


St. Charles Air Line Update

Reconstruction continues on the railroad that cuts through the South Loop just north of 16th St. Work has moved from Michigan Ave. to Wabash, as noted below:

Briefly Noted:  

Park opening: Southbank Park, the open space next to The Cooper between Wells and the river, will celebrate its grand opening Thursday, Sept. 26. Festivities will stretch from 12:30 to 6:30 pm, with remarks at 5:30. Hosted by developer Lendlease, the event will include musical performances from Aaron Dorfman Music, Bluegrassify and Tiny Tunes Studio, a live art exhibition, and children's activities including face painting, acrobatics, and magic.

Yet another pizza place: The former car wash building at 700 S. Clark has been extensively renovated, and is to be a Paisan's Pizza. The small chain has locations in  Cicero, Berwyn, Brookfield, and Lisle


Farmer's Markets 

  • Federal Plaza City Market (50 W. Adams): Tuesdays through Oct. 29
  • Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington): Thursdays through Oct. 24 
  • Printers Row City Market (700 S. Dearborn): Saturdays through Oct. 26
  • Maxwell Street Market (800 S. Desplaines): Sundays year round 
DayStar Academy High School 
Daystar Academy opens new high school  at 1550 S. State. There are 11 students in the inaugural freshman class. 

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:
  • Wine bar at Printer's Row Wine Shop (719 S. Dearborn)
Opening Soon:
  • Pacino's- Roosevelt Collection (October 2019)
  • The X Pot- Roosevelt Collection (May/June 2020)
    • Asian fusion with robot servers
  • Chipotle- 1142 S. Wabash
  • MingHin- 1234 S. Michigan
Community Builder Spotlight 
Byline Bank

Byline Bank at Dearborn Station  is here to serve the community. Byline Bank has accounts tailored to meet your business needs, which are designed to grow with your business. A one-stop-shop for all your banking and finance needs. From your Business Accounts, Small Business Capital, Business Credit Card, Treasury & Cash Management Solutions and Byline Financial Group. Each of their products have been built with you in mind. They help solve problems before they arise and create solutions for those that just won't go away. Furthermore, they can help you with all your personal financial needs.  Byline Bank is not like the other guys. They don't pretend to know you.  They are a long-time neighbor who's been part of the local scene for over 100 years. They are in the neighborhoods where you live, work and hangout. And they are always available-in-person, online, or on your mobile app. Experience banking the way it should be.  For more information, contact  Greg Rigney Branch Manager at Dearborn station of Byline Bank.

For more information on Byline Bank, go   visit their website here.

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 October 8 , 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 October 15, 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 October 16, 2019. 


Northerly Island 
Learn to Kayak for Beginners 
Sept. 26, 19 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
For more information or to register, go to  Kayak

Oct. 4 6:30- 8:30 pm 

Campfire Horrors
Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25    7:00-8:45 pm

Family Fishing 
Oct. 18, 25 4:00-6:00 pm 

Ecstatic Dance 
Oct. 19 1:00-5:00 pm

First Friday Astro Club 
Nov. 1 6:30-8:30 pm 

Women's Park 
Oct. 5 11:00 am -2:00 pm 

Museum Free Days 
Adler Planetarium : Sept. 26-27, Oct. 7-9, 14-16
Art Institute of Chicago: Every Thursday evening from 5 -8 pm for Illinois residents 
Field Museum: Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13
Shedd Aquarium:  Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2 

Printers Row Park Park Advisory Council
The Chicago Park District encourages communities to become more involved in their neighborhood park through the formation of a Park Advisory Council (PAC). The formal process has been started by a group of interested residents to form a PAC for Printers Row Park (currently officially named Park No. 543). The first formal meeting for the PAC will be Wednesday, October 9 at 7 pm at the Baird & Warner office located directly next to the park at 620 S. Dearborn St. All interested individuals are encouraged to attend!

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 meetings on October 16  and November 20

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

Members Meeting: State Legislator Forum -  August 28

Dearborn Park Yard Sale - September 7

Printers Row Art Fest - September 14-15