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White Castle

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Feb 042015

White Castle is a family owned fast food hamburger chain, famous for their 100% beef sliders, steam grilled on a bed of onions. Our location at 2140 S. Wabash has been in the South Loop area since January 4th, 1993.  For menu and locations, visit us online at
Select locations in your area are now offering White Castle Catering–perfect for meetings, events, birthdays and other celebrations! Contact your local Catering Coordinator Breanna Miller at(708) 626-7272 for more information.

Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation

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Feb 032015

WDBHF LogoLocated at the iconic former Chess Recording Studio

Gift Shop open Monday through Friday at 11:00am Tours Monday through Friday 12:00 to 4:00 Tours on Saturdays 12:00 to 3:00

Join us in 2015 as we celebrate Willie Dixon’s 100th Birthday

Phone: 312-808-1286



sOUTh and ABOUT: Polar Adventure Days at Northerly Island

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Jan 102015

It’s cold, snowy, and as always, windy… and it’s probably going be that way for a while. So… have some fun with it!

The South Loop not only has two great sledding hills – the official one by Solider Field and the unofficial one at the General John Logan Monument – but is also home to the Chicago Park District’s Polar Adventure Days at Northerly Island.

Check out sled dogs and actual wolves, take a snowshoe trek by the lake, and then head inside for some hot chocolate. Good, clean, frigid, free fun.

There are two more this winter – January 24 and February 21 – from noon to 4pm. No need to register, just drop by.

For more detail:

South Loop Sidewalk Stewards – Winter 2015

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Jan 102015

Sidewalk maintenance and beautification is a big part of being a good neighbor, especially in winter. Since our first winner in 2014, the Greater South Loop Association has celebrated our neighbors that go above and beyond to make the public right-of-way safe, clean, welcoming and attractive – thus, our South Loop Sidewalk Stewards!

Awards are given for consistent and thorough snow and ice management of the public right-of-way: including sidewalks, parking areas, ADA ramps, bike lanes, Divvy stations, etc. Our 2014 winner was the crew at 1620 South Michigan.

  • How it works:
    • Nominate a South Loop Sidewalk Steward by sharing photos (or video) of laudable sidewalk upkeep via the GSLA Facebook page or on our Twitter feed, then send a quick e-mail to GSLA Board member Josh Ellis with some supporting information. Be sure to note the address, date, and business name (if applicable) of your nominee – anything to help build the case. Be sure to include your name as well.
      • Nominations for Winter 2014-2015 are due by April 1, 2015.
  • Winners will be announced at the May 16, 2015 GSLA Community Updates meeting.
  • Self-nominations will be accepted, but nominations of your neighbors and neighborhood businesses are encouraged.
  • Use of environmentally sustainable practices is also encouraged – not too much salt, etc. Wonder what we call sustainable? We go by the Lawn to Lake standards, a program of the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.
  • This is meant to reward GOOD behavior. We all know that some folks in the neighborhood do a pretty pitiful job of maintaining the public right-of-way. We get it. But we want to acknowledge and celebrate those that do things right.

Questions? Contact GSLA Board member Josh Ellis. Additionally, GSLA is actively seeking a sponsor for the South Loop Sidewalk Stewards – please contact GSLA Board member Josh Ellis if interested.