Sep 152017
 

This month’s NNO was a bit of a break from the norm, with a free 30-min workout session at the beginning to allow neighbors to check out the new Evolve & Elevate fitness studio, located in East Pilsen.  The host establishment for the beverage and presentation portion of the evening was the Pleasant House Pub, located at 2119 S. Halsted.

This month’s featured speaker was Jim Merrell from the Active Transportation Alliance.  Jim shared a bit about the organization’s mission, which is “to make walking, biking, and transit safe and easy options for getting around Chicagoland”, and current status of some of their advocacy work.

Jim provided status updates on the lakefront trail, including the current status of the project to establish separate pedestrian and bicycle lanes on the trail and the Navy Pier Flyover.

The Active Transportation Alliance also advocates for ongoing efforts to make bus service faster and more efficient, and sidewalks and intersections safer for pedestrians.

Some other helpful resources Jim shared included:

  • A “what to do after a crash” checklist. The Active Transportation Alliance also staffs a crash support hotline (312.869.HELP) to help cyclists and pedestrians who have been involved in a crash.
  • How to report illegal vehicles blocking bike lanes. There is a dedicated 311 code for use when reporting vehicles blocking bike lanes.  Learn more here.
  • Learn about lakefront trail conditions before you head out the door. You can follow or contribute to crowdsourced lakefront trail conditions by following the steps here.
  • Report faded bike lane striping or bike lanes in disrepair (missing or damaged barriers, etc.) to your Alderman.
Upcoming events sponsored by the Active Transportation Alliance:

The Chicago River Trail ride, to raise awareness of the need for a continuous trail along the Chicago River for use as an additional biking corridor, is this Sunday, September 17 and includes a stop at Ping Tom Park.

If you’re in more of a racing mindset, or are looking for a fun, car-free family ride opportunity, their Kickstand Classic race is coming up on October 1.

 

About the GSLA:

The Greater South Loop Association (GSLA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1998.  Our mission is to bring neighbors together to maintain and improve the South Loop as a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive community.

About Neighbors’ Night Out:

The GSLA’s Neighbors’ Night Out is a monthly series of informal gatherings at local restaurants/bars where neighbors may gather to meet and discuss topics relevant to our neighborhood.  The topics change from month to month based on feedback from our annual State of the South Loop survey and other current events that impact the South Loop.

August Neighbors’ Night Out Summary – Great things happening at neighborhood parks

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Aug 162017
 

At the August GSLA Neighbors’ Night Out, about 35 people joined in conversation about our local parks and recreational opportunities in the South Loop. The event was held at the Weather Mark Tavern. Two Chicago Park District managers joined the event to give updates and field questions about our local parks: Brandon Cotton representing Ping Tom Park, and Talonna Sharp representing Chicago Women’s Park & Garden. Among the many topics discussed, were the following highlights […]

Sign up now for August 23rd Beach Clean Up!

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Aug 162017
 

If you and your South Loop neighbors and friends want to get back outdoors before the summer comes to an end, join in the 12 th Street Beach clean-up event on Wednesday, August 23! Join us for a Great Lakes Action Day with Aurelio’s Pizza to help clean up and care for the natural areas at 12th Street Beach. Just bring yourself and a water bottle, and come for as little or as long as […]

Education Update:  Results of GSLA’s Community Surveys on the Near South High School Plan

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Aug 112017
 

This post summarizes the key findings of two GSLA surveys which followed the first and third community meetings held by CPS to gather feedback on a proposal to expand the South Loop Elementary School’s boundary southward to 22nd Street and close the National Teacher’s Academy elementary school (NTA) to repurpose it to serve as a 1,000 student high school which would be available to students residing in the South Loop, Chinatown, Armour Square, Bridgeport, and […]

Neighbors’ Night Out summary – July 2017, Riverline South Loop development

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Aug 062017
 
Neighbors’ Night Out summary - July 2017, Riverline South Loop development

Approximately 65 neighbors attended the GSLA’s July Neighbors’ Night Out to meet representatives from the Riverline development team, CMK and Perkins + Will, and to get a close-up look at the current construction progress.  The event was held at Sociale (800 S Clark St). The development team brought printed materials for attendees to review that included the history of the site and plans and renderings for the future.  Small groups of attendees were escorted on […]