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July  2018   Newsletter 
SLN Events

Grills Night Out 

Sat., July 21
7:00 pm

Dearborn Park


Ice Cream Social 

Thur., Aug. 2
5:30-7:30 pm 

Cottontail Park 


Kayaking on
the South Branch

Wed., Aug. 8
6:30 - 8:30 pm 

Lawrence's Fisheries
2120 S. Canal 


Public Meeting 

Thurs., Sept. 6
7:00 pm

Grace Place 


Photo Contest
and Art Fair 

Sat.-Sun., Sep. 15-16

700 block of Dearborn Street 

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Grills Night Out 
Dearborn Park 
Sat., July 21, 7:00 pm

Bring your own meat (or veggies) and join your neighbors for a midsummer's night of good food and good times. South Loop Neighbors will provide the grill-plus drinks, chips, and dessert. 

This is an all-neighborhood party! You do not need to be a member of South Loop Neighbors to attend the event. Tell your neighbors who may not get our newsletter, and print out this flyer to post in your lobby. 

Ice Cream Social 
Cottontail Park 
Thur., Aug. 2, 5:30 - 7:30 pm 

Join your neighbors in Cottontail Park for a tasty treat and fellowship with your neighbors. 

Kayaking on the South Branch 
Launch from Lawrence's Fisheries
Wed., Aug. 8, 6:30-8:30 pm 
(Safety briefing begins promptly at 6:30 pm) 

Paddle up the quiet South Branch of the Chicago River to Congress and back, with a half-dozen stops to learn about the river's history and future. Enjoy a sunset paddle with South Loop Neighbors and Kayak Chicago. 

$40/ person for members. 
$45/ person nonmembers.

Public Meeting 
Grace Place 
Thurs. Sept. 6 
7:00 pm 

Join South Loop Neighbors for a public meeting focusing on development and happenings in the neighborhood. Also voice your concerns about the neighborhood, share what types of events you'd like to see, and learn about our upcoming events. 

Photo Contest: 
Still Life in the South Loop 
Start taking your photos now! 

This year, the photos will be exhibited at the Printer's Row Art Fest on September 15-16. Submissions must be dropped off in the 899 S. Plymouth Management Office during business hours September 10-14, 2018. Each person may submit up to five entries.

Entry Fee: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers) $30 (professionals) 

1st place: $200
2nd place: $100
Viewer's choice: $75 
(to be selected by attendees from 10:00 am - noon on September 15)

  • Photo must be taken in the South Loop within the last two years.
  • Entry must be at least 8"x12", framed in black and ready to hang with a wire across the back.
  • Exhibition information must be attached to back of framed photograph.
  • All photographers are responsible for obtaining any necessary model releases. (A release may not be necessary for photographs taken in public.) 
  • Framed photograph must be delivered to 899 S. Plymouth Ct. Management Office, September 10-14; 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Photos will be available for pick up September 16 at 5:00 pm or by appointment until September 21.
  • Photos left after September 21 will become the property of South Loop Neighbors.
  • Due to space constraints, only the top 40 entries as determined by the panel of judges will be exhibited at the Art Fest.
  • You may choose to sell your entry at the Art Fest; just indicate the price on your entry card.


Pizza on Polk?
What about that rumor that  Roots Pizza is coming to Polk & Dearborn? The most we can say this month is that the rumor is not completely baseless.

Crain's Chicago Business had a story saying a two-level pizzeria would be built on top of the "micro-apartments" project planned for that site-a project that fell through months ago. The owners of Roots say in a July 5 email that "We do have plans to build a Roots Pizza location at that address and we are working on financing... . The micro-apartment project that was originally slated did fall through."

A stand-alone restaurant on such an expensive site seems unlikely, but we'll wait to hear more.

Essex "Winter Garden" 

New renderings have been released for the new winter garden at the Essex on the Park, the 56-story building now under construction at 820 S. Michigan. "The design team was inspired Winter Garden- Essex to capture within the building a slice of the park beyond," Paul Alessandro, partner at Hartshorne Plunkard 

Architecture (HPA) told Curbed Chicago. "If Grant Park is an oasis of green carved out of the city proper, the atrium is an oasis of green carved out of the new Essex on the Park tower."

Plans Released for Former Ickes site 
Ald. Dowell's June 13th Town Hall included a presentation on Southbridge, the name being used for redevelopment of the 11-acre former Harold Ickes Homes site at Cermak and State. The new mixed-income project will include substantial ground-floor retail space along State St.

Eventually, the project is expected to include 770 apartments and 107 market-rate townhouses and condos.

The latest South Loop development news can always be found at


Wintrust Arena Parking Restrictions 

Visit and for a full list of events
  • First Draft patio 
  • Sabon in the Roosevelt Collection  
  • Poke and Roll 
Alley Resurfacing- 16th to 18th Indiana to Prairie
Starting in July, the developers of the town homes on the corner of 18th St. and Prairie Ave. will be resurfacing the alley bounded by 16th St., 18th St., Indiana Ave. and Prairie Ave. 

Park 540 
Park 540 ( located near 24th St. and Dearborn St) is a new community garden that  received a grant from Friends of the Parks.  Park 540 received a 2018 Seed Grant for $750 to break ground in the garden and build four raised beds. The Park 540 Park Advisory Council's mission is to provide space that is inclusive and shares food. 

Summer Reading Club
Second Presbyterian Church is beginning a Summer Reading Club for students (grades 1-6) each Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. For one hour, students will receive incentives and small rewards for reading and discussing child-friendly, age-appropriate books.  Reading coaches are needed.  Also, Afrocentric books are needed.  If you would like to help a student experience the joy of reading, please contact Reverend David Neff at (312) 225-4951  or

Farmers Markets:

South Loop Farmers Market
  • 1936 S. Michigan Ave. started June 14 and will continue every Thursday from 4:00 -8:00 pm 
Printer's Row Farmers Market 
  • 700 S. Dearborn St. started June 16 and will continue every Saturday from 7:00 am- 1:00 pm  
Field Market Days 
  • July 28, August 11, 25 2:00 - 6:00 pm 

Other Neighborhood Events

CAPS meetings

Learn about crime in your neighborhood: 

Women's Park

Movies in the Park

July 22 Coco
July 29 Sense and Sensibility 
August 19 Star Wars VIII; The Last Jedi 
August 22 Wonder Woman 

Beer and Cider Fest- July 28 4:00- 7:30 pm 
It will offer an impressive array of beer and hard ciders from Illinois and beyond. In addition to the sampling of craft beers & hard ciders, attendees can purchase food from local food trucks and enjoy live music and other craft beer-centric activities.
Purchase tickets here

Shakespeare in the Park- Two Gentlemen of Verona 
All performances are FREE. Live music will be presented a half hour prior to each performance. Audiences are encouraged to come early and bring a picnic to enjoy this free programming.

August 4 6:00 pm
August 5 2:00 pm
August 11 6:00 pm
August 12 2:00 pm 

Star Party- August 24 
Come enjoy a family friendly night under the stars exploring the cosmos and indulging in s'mores over the campfire. Bring a blanket, your telescope and binoculars, and be ready to enjoy a fun night at Women's Park. 

Daniel Webster Park 

Movie in the Park 

August 13- Back to the Future
Millennium Park 
August 9: Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me 

August 13: Broadway in Chicago Summer Concert 

August 29-September 2: Chicago Jazz Festival  

Northerly Island 
Family Fishing 
August 11, 18, and 25, 8:00 - 11:00 am

Greater South Loop Association (GSLA)

Neighbor's Night Out 
Velvet Lounge- 67 E. Cermak 
Wed. Aug. 8 5:30 pm 

Northerly Island 

For more information:
Please note: there will be fireworks at the conclusion of the concert at 11:00 pm on Saturday. 

Rock 'n' Roll Races
July 21 and 22 half marathon, 10k and 5 k. Check the website for course map, road closures, and parking information. 

Glessner House
Will launch its Courtyard Concert series on Wednesday July 25, 2018 with a performance by Emily Hurd.  Doors open at 5:30pm, the music begins at 6:00pm.

For more information and a listing of the concert series, please visit

VanderCook College of Music 
Wendella Boat Tour & Jazz Band Concert 
July 20 8:00 pm. 
Click here for tickets. 

We hope to see you at an event soon!