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September  2018   Newsletter 
SLN Events

Photo Contest

and Art Fair 

Sat.-Sun., Sep. 15-16

700 block of Dearborn Street 


Pub Crawl 

Sat. Oct. 20 


Loft Walk 

Sat. Dec. 15

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Photo Contest:  Still Life in the South Loop 
Photo submissions are due TOMORROW: Friday September 14. 

The photos will be exhibited at the Printer's Row Art Fest  this weekend. Submissions must be dropped off in the 899 S. Plymouth Management Office before 5 pm September 14. 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)

Click here for entry form. 

  • 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.
Printer's Row Art Fest 
Sat. - Sun. Sept. 15-16  
10:00 am - 5:00 pm 

We are still in need of volunteers.  Volunteer duties include helping staff our booth, giving other booth vendors 15 minute breaks, booth setup, posting flyers in advance of the event, etc.  

Email   if you are interested in volunteering. 

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

The 2018 SLN Pub Crawl is tentatively set to take place on October 20 from 2-6 pm. Once the details are finalized, registration will open up. Stay tuned for further details! 

Loft Walk 
Sat. Dec. 15 

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 looking for 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


River City Condo Deconversion
After four tries and months of uncertainty, it looks like River City will be deconverted from condos to apartments after all. The required 75 percent of owners have voted to accept an offer from Marc Realty for the 448-unit complex.

Dearborn Cycleway Delineators
Work is underway to build raised curbs and islands that will better delineate the two-way cycleway and parking areas on Dearborn Street. Work should be substantially complete next week, though repaving may be coordinated with other work in the area.

Roots Pizza for Polk & Dearborn
Roots Pizza has shown renderings to Ald. King and to the city's Landmarks Division for a two-story restaurant building to be built on the lot just south of the New Franklin Building. The new building would be similar in scale and brick color to the house under construction across the street.

1802 S. State St. 
Construction on this small condo development is under way, now that the developers have secured their loan. 

The latest South Loop development news can always be found at


Steam locomotive visits this weekend
The historic steam locomotive whose whistle echoed through the neighborhood last September returns this weekend. Nickel Plate 765 will run two trips both Saturday and Sunday, carrying railfans from Joliet to Chicago over Metra's Rock Island Line. Tickets remain for some trips.

Ald. King in the South Loop
The alderman and staff will host one of her 'On the Block' events Mon., Sept. 17, 4-7 pm at Niu B, 888 S. Michigan. These events are an opportunity for residents to meet one-on-one with Alderman King (first-come, first-served) in 10-15 minute meeting blocks.

The 4th Ward office can also be reached at 773-536-8103.

New mural 
German street artist, MadC, debuted one of the largest murals in Chicago, 1000 Wall, at 1326 S. Michigan Ave. 1000 Wall was painted in under two weeks with two lifts, 30 gallons of bucket paint and 1093 Molotow spray cans. 

Farmers Markets:
South Loop Farmers Market through Sept. 27
  • 1936 S. Michigan Ave. started June 14 and will continue every Thursday from 4:00 -8:00 pm 
  • August 30 and Sept. 6 5:30 pm. Free tour of McCormick Place Rooftop Farm (check in at the farmers market booth). 
Printers Row Farmers Market 
  • 700 S. Dearborn St. started June 16 and will continue every Saturday from 7:00 am- 1:00 pm  
Package thief suspect in custody
The person suspected in stealing packages in the Prairie District Neighborhood was arrested after turning himself into police and was charged with theft. 

Small Business Improvement Fund grants 
These grants are available for eligible businesses located in the 24th/Michigan TIFs. SBIF money must be used for hard construction costs like roofing, facades, windows, HVAC and more. They can not be used for operating expenses. Applications for all three SBIF's are due on October 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Interested business and property owners can visit  for more information and to apply. 

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

Rush South Loop (1411 S. Michigan Ave. 4th Fl.)
Float Sixty (1143 S. State St.) opening soon  

Other Neighborhood Events

CAPS meetings

Learn about crime in your neighborhood: 

Women's Park

Fall Activities- Click here for registration and additional information. 

September 15- Clean and Green 
October 5- Star Party 7:30-10:30 pm 
Millennium Park 
September 7-23: World Music Festival  

Northerly Island Fall Fishing 
September 15, 22, 29 8:00-11:00 am 
October 6, 13, 20, 27 8:00-11:00 am 

CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk
October 14 
Attendees will walk to raise awareness and funds to support international relief and development and support 5 local hunger-fighting programs in Chicago. Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., is the kick off location for the walk. Second Presbyterian is also one of the grant recipients that benefit from the walk, and  South Loop Campus Ministry, 637 S. Dearborn Ave., is another agency that will receive a grant from the walk. Visit  for more information. 

Roosevelt University 
Daron Hagen's Orson Rehearsed (world premiere)
September 15 at 7:30 p.m. and September 16 at 2:30 p.m.
Studebaker Theater:  410 S. Michigan Ave
Tickets are free, but advanced reservations are required. Reserve here.
Music @ Grace 637 S. Dearborn  6:00 pm 
September 27: Roosevelt University Brass Chamber Music Ensembles
October 4: Roosevelt University Jazz Combos
October 25: Roosevelt University String Chamber Music Ensembles

Rush South Loop 
September 27 
5:30 pm Registration 
6:00 pm Remarks and ribbon-cutting ceremony
6:30 pm Guided tour 
RSVP: by clicking here

Shedd Aquarium 
Free admission through the end of September 

Public Meeting:  Thurs. Sept. 6