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Friday Night Fish Fry 

Bulldog Ale House, 901 S. State St. 

7:00 pm, Jan. 19 


Join your neighbors at Bulldog Ale House for their fish fry or grab a brew. Email to rsvp.   



River City condos going back to apartments
River City condominiums in the South Loop will revert to apartments after more than three-fourths of owners finally voted to approve selling their units to Marc Realty for $100 million.  Marc Realty, which already owned the building's commercial space, first proposed a buyout in 2016, and again in 2017.  Under the building's declaration, the vote triggers sale of the entire condominium.

River City opened in 1985, an innovative work by architect Bertrand Goldberg that was intended as the first phase of a huge complex. It was not financially successful, and in 2002 was converted to condos.  A flood in 2010 displaced residents for weeks and prompted building repairs and changes that substantially increased assessments.

CMK buys Wabash Avenue site
The southeast corner of 14th & Wabash, used for two decades by Columbia College's theater department, has been sold to Chicago's CMK Development. Residential development seems likely; CMK has recently completed projects at 1333 and 1345 S. Wabash, and has built a number of other South Loop projects.

New Hilton McCormick Place
Ground was broken January 27th for Hilton's first triple-branded hotel at Cermak & Michigan. The hotel will hold 466 guest rooms over 23 floors and feature a skybridge to the convention center. It will operate under three Hilton brands: Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton.

The property will contain a variety of dining options, including a Starbucks and two street-level restaurants accessible from Cermak, as well as a 22nd floor restaurant. The hotel is slated to open in late 2018.


  • Half Sour has opened in the former Blackie's space at Polk & Clark
  • Wintrust Arena and the adjacent Marriott Marquis Hotel opened late last year.  The new arena sports a Chicago Flag on the roof:
  • 2017 saw continued business development in the South Loop, with new restaurants, retail stores, fitness facilities and more opening up throughout the neighborhood. By one unofficial estimate, 17 new businesses opened up in the 3rd Ward's portion of the South Loop.
  • The 3rd Ward has received additional police officers.The 1st, 2nd, 7th, and 9th Police Districts received additional police manpower. 

Other Neighborhood Events

South Loop Public Safety Meeting 

CAPS meetings

Learn about crime in your neighborhood: 

Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts
February 2 7:30 pm
Symphony Center: 220 S. Michigan Ave. 
Music@Grace performances
Roosevelt University's Music Conservatory is partnering with Grace Place (637 S. Dearborn) for a series of 13 free concerts during the 2017-18 school year.

January 18: 
Roosevelt University Student Soloists

February 1: Roosevelt University Piano Students 

Columbia College Theater Department 
Dog Act 
February 7-11
Purchase tickets online at

Chicago Public Schools (CPS)

Museum Campus
Illinois residents get free general admission during Chicago Museum Week, January 18-26! 

Shedd Aquarium:  Visit January 18, 19, 22-26 to enjoy free general admission. 

Women's Park
Popcorn Party
Jan. 19 from 12:00 - 6:00 pm 

Fire & Ice Festival 
Feb. 2 5:30-7:30 pm 

Annual Meeting: Dec. 18 

Your New Board

Benjamin Cottrell
Benjamin heads up his own firm - Benjamin Cottrell Designs, which is an innovative, full-service design firm, specializing in Interior Design and Event Production.  Benjamin joined the board in 2012 and has served as both our secretary and vice-president, and for the past two years has served as the Chair of Loft Walk.  Always the innovator, he took on the photo show in 2017 and over the years has set-up various collaborations with local businesses
Robert Degnan
Rob joined the board of South Loop Neighbors in 2014. He is an alumni of the University of Illinois at Chicago where he earned Bachelor's and Master's Degrees and is now working on a PhD.  He is a veteran having served 8 years as a reservist in the U.S. Marine Corps, and has worked for the City of Chicago since 1994, currently for the city's Department of Transportation. He served as secretary this past year and played a dual role of Membership Chair which had him organizing the annual member dinner. He has also been involved in various ways with all of our projects.

Christine Hunt
Christine is an Attorney in private practice - with her own firm - Christine M. Hunt, P.C located in the south loop and is an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School.  Christine joined the board in December 2014.  She served two years as the membership chair and was elected president in 2017.  As president, Christine has been overseeing all of the organization's external relations and internal and external communication including chairing the monthly board meetings and quareterly member meetings.  She has also been deeply involved with the annual Loft Walk, and organized the Night Out at Sox Park. 
Roger Marsh
Roger joined the South Loop Board in December 2016, and has taken on several projects this past year.  Those of you who were at the candidate's meeting might remember his impressive presentation on charting the voting patterns of residents in the 4th Ward. He's done similar studies on crime in our area as well.  He has been involved with a variety of our projects, especially outreach-related ones such as passing out ice cream and public information the farmer's market, as well as at the Spoke and Bird.
Dennis McClendon
Dennis probably doesn't need much of an introduction, expect for those who are new to South Loop Neighbors, as Dennis is pretty close to being the face of South Loop Neighbors, for his long tenure with the organization and its predecessor - Historic Printer's Row - and has held multiple positions, including President and Vice-President over the years.  He is our resident planning and development expert, and hosted our first-ever BB-Q in the park - Grill's Night Out.   He is an attorney and the proprietor of Chicago CartoGraphics, a design firm that specializes in maps and information graphics.
Dorothy Miaso
Dorothy joined the board in December 2013 and has served as Treasurer for the past two years.  She has spearheaded the annual Night at Jazz Showcase, assisted with most of the organization's activities, and, like all of the board members has been involved in various ways with the Loft Walk.  She is the Executive Director of the Literacy Volunteers of Illinois, and a past community member of the Local School Council of Jones College Prep.
James Wales
Jim worked in law enforcement administration for over 30 years and for 20 years has been an adjunct faculty member at McHenry County College.  He is the retired Chief of Police for the city of Lake in the Hills, and a very active Rotarian.  In retirement, he settled in to the south loop where he has also gone into real estate with Baird and Warner.  Jim joined board in December 2016.  He has been involved with all of our projects this past year and led the Ice Cream Social and Pub Crawl.