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October  2018   Newsletter 
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Pub Crawl 

Sat. Oct. 20 


Loft Walk 

Sat. Dec. 15

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Pub Crawl 
Sat. Oct. 20 
2:00- 6:00 pm 

Join your neighbors for SLN's second annual Pub Crawl. Explore your neighborhood, meet your neighbors, drink a few brews at a discount, and enjoy apps at the last stop (First Draft). Bars include Burger Bar (first stop), Kasey's Tavern, Half Sour, and First Draft. 

$10 Members in Advance
$15 Non-Members and Members Day of

Giving Back in the Spirit of Thanksgiving
Month of November 

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we encourage you to give back to the community. We hope you will consider giving of your time, talent, or treasure to one of these organizations or another one close to your heart:
Loft Walk 
Sat. Dec. 15 
noon - 5:00 pm

This is our 20th Anniversary Loft Walk! To celebrate the occasion, we will be doing a special "Deck the Halls" version of the Loft Walk. 

If you're proud of your loft and how you've decorated it, don't keep it a secret! Show off a little!

We are still looking for a couple of additional residences to feature on our annual Loft Walk. We are also in need of volunteers.  Willing to feature your loft or willing to volunteer? Send an email to

Advance ticket: $30 


St. Charles Air Line to be rebuilt
Canadian National Railroad is about to begin reconstruction of the St. Charles Air Line (the railroad that runs through the South Loop at 1530 S). They'll be replacing overpasses built for four tracks at Michigan, Wabash, State, Dearborn, and Clark with new single-track spans that don't need any pillars within the street ROW. The centerline of the single remaining track will be moved to the north slightly in order to ease the curves at either end a tiny bit. All bridges except Dearborn will be Cor-Ten steel. The decorative ironwork at Michigan will be saved and-possibly-donated to someone who wants it. 

Nothing will be done with the now-unused portion of the ROW, south of the active tracks, and the unused abutments will remain. Utility work will begin this winter, with most work being finished in 2019. The project includes moving the westbound control point to just north of McCormick Place, meaning trains will no longer idle next to Dearborn Tower waiting long periods of time for clearance to cross the Metra Rock Island tracks.

Roots Pizza
The Landmarks Commission has approved the design of a new building for Roots Pizza, to be built at the northeast corner of Polk & Dearborn, adjacent to the Franklin Building.  The two-story restaurant will have a retractable glass roof to allow dining under the sky in nice weather.  

At Alderman King's meeting on October 11, she proposed adding additional street parking in the South Loop. Options include adding free parking with no restrictions and extending overnight free parking, but does not include expanding permit parking.  

Bank of America ATM
is coming soon to 1250 S. Michigan Ave.  

River City Owners Sue 
River City owners sue to block potential sale of building to deconvert from condos to apartments. 

The latest South Loop development news can always be found at


South Loop High School Boundary Passes Board of Education 
At the September 26th Chicago Board of Education meeting, the Board approved the proposed boundaries of the new South Loop High School to be located at the current National Teachers Academy building (55 W. Cermak Rd.). These boundaries will cover residents whose neighborhood schools include: South Loop Elementary, National Teachers Academy Elementary School, Haines, Drake, Pershing, Ward, Healy, Holden and Armour Elementary Schools. The high school is scheduled to open for 9th grade students starting the 2019-2020 academic year. 

3rd Ward Receives Additional Police Officers
New police officers will be added to the Police Department with 8 earmarked for the 1st District. These officers are in addition to the dozens of new officers and resources from CPD to protect the community. 

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

Changing Locations 
L & A Healing Studio (closed 1620 S. Michigan Ave. location, new location to be announced soon) 

Kome Japanese Eatery (1303 S. Michigan Ave.)(may be a temporary closing)

Other Neighborhood Events

CAPS meetings

Learn about crime in your neighborhood: 

Women's Park

Fall Activities- Click here
for registration and additional information. 

Millennium Park 
Peace yoga: October 21, 28, November 4: 10 - 11 am  
Urban Wild Celebrate Fall with Lurie Garden: October 18: 5-7 pm 
Arts in the Dark After Party: October 20: 7:30-9:30 pm  

Northerly Island 
Campfire Horrors
October 19:
Beetlejuice- 7:00 pm, A Nightmare on Elm Street- 8:30 pm
October 26:
The Exorcist- 7:00 pm 

Family Fishing 
October 20: 8:00- 11:00 am
Music @ Grace 637 S. Dearborn  6:00 pm 
October 25: Roosevelt University String Chamber Music Ensembles
November 8: Roosevelt University Woodwind Chamber Music Ensembles
November 15: Roosevelt University Graduate Opera Vocalists

Columbia College Theater Department 
The Penelopiad 
October 17-27 Courtyard Theater 72 E. 11th St. 

Howl-O-Ween Pet  Party
Saturday, October 27 2:00- 4:00 pm, Royale Puppies 

Children's Halloween Party
Sunday, October 28 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Glessner House Museum 

Glessner House 

Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue 
Friday October 26 and Saturday October 27, 2018
Tours at 7:00 and 8:15pm each evening

Tales of strange sounds, unexplained sightings, and untimely endings await as you explore Prairie Avenue after dark! During this 60 minute walking tour through the Prairie Avenue Historic District, learn about the mystery surrounding the death of Marshall Field Jr., the tragic events that plagued the Philander Hanford house, the lingering ghost of Edson Keith, and more - if you dare! 

Tour takes place rain or shine, please dress appropriately.  Not recommended for children.

$15 per person, pre-paid reservations required
32nd Annual Edgar Allan Poe Readings
Saturday October 27, 2018
Readings at 5:00 and 8:00pm

Squirm in your seats as actors from Lifeline Theatre present staged readings of Poe's terrifying stories and poetry. Hear classics like The Raven and The Tell-Tale Heart, as well as some of Poe's lesser known works.  This is an extremely popular event and people return year after year, so don't wait, tickets sell out fast!  

Not recommended for children.

$25 per person, pre-paid reservations required
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit


Printer's Row Art Fest and Photo Contest:  
September 15-16