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June Neighbors’ Night Out feedback – Major events in the neighborhood are big fun, big hassle

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Jul 072016

June’s Neighbors’ Night Out at Bureau Bar focused on major event management in the South Loop – e.g., Bears game, Grant Park festivals, 5k runs. Here’s a summary of feedback received from attendees:

Top challenges related to large public events in SL

  • Need better sense of the collection of events taking place
  • permit parking on certain streets; parking for guests
  • better advance notice of events generally, and road closures
  • traffic management
  • intersection at Roosevelt and State
  • intersection at Roosevelt and Michigan

Top crowd management reactions large public events in SL

  • not experienced major issue; don’t feel the impact of large events
  • usually not bothered, events are spread out (only 8 home games for Bears)
  • traffic guides not helpful
  • keeping pedestrians on sidewalks (via barriers) and not in middle of Michigan Ave.
  • longer buses, especially after new development growth in SL expected
  • it makes you need to plan your day more

#1 priority with large public events

  • more police presence
  • better traffic guides; more traffic management (esp. near McCormick Place)
  • information ahead of time alerting (email) of events/road closures
  • a list of events especially in the summer

Kinds of events would you like to see in SL

  • more kid-friendly events
  • more events that showcase our businesses in SL
  • health events
  • a large event, neighborhood festival
  • more brunch/café options versus bars


More on Neighbors’ Night Out

Interested in the future of the South Loop? Want to share your thoughts on neighborhood development, learn from others, and provide input to elected officials, city staff and real estate developers? Just want to meet some fellow South Loopers and have a little fun? Then join us!

Starting in 2016 the Greater South Loop Association will host a monthly Neighbors’ Night Out for anyone wanting to meet up and be part of the neighborhood’s future. Each month will have a general topic, and we’ll invite relevant speakers to share some thoughts and be part of the dialogue. These sessions will also help the Greater South Loop Association fulfill its role as a conduit for neighborhood input on important community development issues.

There’s no charge to attend (of course, feel free to patronize the bar!) but we ask that you register so we can have a sense of how many people will be in attendance. Neighbors’ Night Out will be from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, the second Wednesday of the month. Here’s the 2016 schedule (locations and topics subject to change):

W, Feb 10, Weather Mark Tavern (traffic)
W, March 9, Vice District Brewing (real estate development)
W, April 13, Krolls (schooling)
W, May 11, Wabash Tap (real estate development)
W, June 8, Bureau Bar (major event management)
W, July 13, Flo and Santo’s (real estate development) Register here
W, August 10, Spoke and Bird (pedestrian and cycling issues)
W, Sept. 14, Motor Row Brewing (real estate development)
W, Oct. 12, Square One (litter, stormwater, pests, and snow)
W, Nov. 9, Blackie’s South Loop (real estate development)
W, Dec. 14, Tapas Valencia (year in review, year ahead)


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Apr 102016


We are a non-traditional steak house with a twist. We have 20 beers on tap, over 65 craft, domestic and import bottles of beer, a delicious selection of fine wine, and a crazy good selection of spirits most of which you will not find in any other steakhouse in Chicago.

We are conveniently located in the Roosevelt Collection Mall, next to the ICON Theater

Board of Directors 2015-16

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Oct 042015

From Deb Soehlig, incoming President:

As the incoming President of the Greater South Loop Association, I’d like to offer a HUGE thank you to Jeanette Johnson, our outgoing President for her years of outstanding service as Vice President and President. It makes my term much easier to follow in the footsteps of someone who cares so passionately about our community and our association. Thank you Jeanette!

I’d also like to thank Bill Van Emburg, a multi-year director and treasurer for his years of service. Alison Jackson also did not rejoin the board, but remains active as a member of our events committee. Thanks Alison, for the great events you’ve put on with us, and for continuing to support us.

Our annual elections were held Saturday, October 3, 2015 and I am pleased to announce that we have three new directors, Cristina Bothe-Hall, Sarah Cardona and Gail Filikowski. All have been active members of the south loop community and bring new areas of experience to the board. Congratulations and welcome to each of you.

In addition, returning directors include Jeff Key, Josh Ellis and me. Jeanette Johnson, Norma Jordan, Mark Kieras, Kim McMiller and Frank Readus remain directors as well.
I look forward to the upcoming year and serving the greater south loop community.

Development Update

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Sep 222015

We are receiving inquiries about developments that may be proposed for the South Loop, especially along S. Michigan. Details are hard to come by right now. We invite you to report any known details you have learned to us so that we may share them with the community.

As rumored proposals develop into actual proposals, we will seek a presentation to the South Loop community to help facilitate the feedback process.

Here is a link to the Chicago Architecture blog about a rumored zoning change to the current Essex location.

In addition, here is a link to Sloopin, reporting on a proposed zoning change for 1300 S. Michigan.

We look forward to helping the neighborhood learn more and encourage you to attend our South Loop Community Updates meeting this Saturday, September 26th.

31st Annual Printers Row Lit Fest

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May 242015

The 31st annual Printers Row Lit Fest – the Midwest’s largest gathering of book lovers – will be June 6-7 in the South Loop (historic Printers Row district at Dearborn Street, from Congress to Polk streets).  Some notable authors are listed below. 

Notable Authors:

LeVar Burton, winner of the Chicago Tribune’s 2015 Young Adult Literary Award, an annual award recognizing excellence in literature for young adults. Over the past two decades, Burton has inspired and entertained readers through his work as host and executive producer of the long-running PBS television show, Reading Rainbow. LeVar Burton in conversation with Michael Phillips; Chicago Tribune Film Critic; Introduced by Gerould Kern; Senior Vice President and Editor of the Chicago Tribune.

June 6, 12 p.m. at Jones College Prep/South Auditorium

Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, co-authors of “The Royal We” as well as co-creators of the hugely popular celebrity fashion blog Go Fug Yourself, in conversation with Elizabeth Fenner, Editor-in-Chief of Chicago Magazine.

June 6, 1 p.m. at Harold Washington Library Center, Multipurpose Room

Amber Tamblyn has been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit awards. Tamblyn’s work has appeared in Interview, Cosmopolitan, Poets & Writers, and elsewhere. She will be reading from her newest book of poetry, “Dark Sparkler”. Tamblyn will be in conversation with Megan Stielstra author of “Once I Was Cool” and contributing writer to The New York Times.

June 6, 2 p.m. at Arts and Poetry Stage

David Axelrod; author of ” Believer”, Clarence Page; author of “Culture Worrier” and Kristen McQueary; member of the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, moderated by Bruce Dold; Editorial Page Editor of the Chicago Tribune.

June 6, 10 a.m. at Jones College Prep/North Auditorium

Stacey Ballis; author of “Recipe for Disaster”, Jen Lancaster; author of “I Regret Nothing”, Lisa Steinke and Liz Fenton; co-authors of “The Status of All Things”, moderated by Courtney Crowder; Chicago Tribune Digital News Editor and Reporter.

June 6, 11 a.m. at Harold Washington Library Center, Multipurpose Room

Vendela Vida is the award-winning author of five books, including “Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name” and “The Lovers”, and a founding editor of The Believer magazine. Rebecca Makkai, author of “The Hundred-Year House” and Vendela Vida, author of “The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty” in conversation with Jennifer Day, Chicago Tribune’s Books Editor.

June 7, 2p.m. at Harold Washington Library Center, Multipurpose Room

Bob Saget is a Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian, actor, television host and author of the New York Times bestselling memoir “Dirty Daddy”; in conversation with Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune Reporter.

June 6, 7 p.m. at Jones College Prep/South Auditorium

For more information on Printers Row Lit Fest and to purchase tickets, please visit the website.