July Neighbors’ Night Out Summary – Riverfront bars and open space wanted

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Sep 102016

July’s Neighbors’ Night Out at Flo and Santo’s focused on riverfront development from Harrison Ave south to Ping Tom Park. This stretch is slated to be redeveloped in the coming years, with groundbreaking at the Riverline development expected this fall. The 30ish South Loop residents in attendance were joined by members of the Riverline team of CMK, Lend Lease, and Perkins & Will.

A questionnaire was distributed inquiring about top priorities for riverfront development. Here are the responses, sorted by frequency.

Number of mentions General comment
6 Public green space
6 Bars/Restaurants/Social space
4 Variety of housing types and sizes
4 Riverfront path
4 Racial/economic integration, affordable housing
4 Small/neighborhood business
3 Variety and diversity of recreational activities
3 Traffic relief for exisiting neighborhood
2 Dog park or dog beach
2 Wider sidewalks and bike lanes
2 Minimize environmental impact of construction
1 Bridge over river
1 Community space
1 ADA-compliant facilities
1 Good lighting
1 Public schools
1 River access
1 Architectural consistency
1 Family focused
1 Community gardens
1 Outdoor public pool

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)

Neighbor’s Night Out at PianoForte in February

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Jan 222014

Please plan to join us for entertainment, drinks and appetizers at the beautiful new South Loop location of PianoForte.  Food contributed by Krolls South Loop!

About Neighbor’s Night Out

For more event details, see our calendar.  The GSLA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community association focused on the overarching mission to maintain and improve the South Loop as a vibrant and diverse, inclusive community. Social events generally located at area businesses to create an opportunity for residents try a new business and meet new South Loop neighbors.

About PianoForte Foundation

PianoForte Foundation is dedicated to preserving and promoting the art of the piano in Chicago and creating a vibrant piano community that closely connects audiences and artists.  We bring excitement and appreciation for piano music to a diverse audience through high-quality concerts, festivals, competitions, education, outreach, and public broadcasts.

 About Reginald Robinson

20 years after Reginald Robinson’s emergence as a young, self-taught, against the grain pianist and composer, he has become an internationally recognized pianist, recording artist and educator.

His love for music started in 1984 with his brother Marlando playing Big band jazz records at home and then on to ragtime two years later in 7th grade when a city funded arts program (Urban Gateways) gave an assembly with a small jazz ensemble. The assembly was led by jazz trumpeter Orbert Davis and included in the band other jazz luminaries like Ari Brown. In the middle of the show the group played a sample of Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” and after hearing it Reginald decided this was the kind of music he wanted to play. Later that year his parents purchased a small electronic keyboard and the following year a real piano. With his parents not being able to afford him a music education, he began to teach himself how to read and write music. This involved self quizzing from music education books, creating his own piano exercises and studying published music scores and recordings.

In November of 2011 Reginald was featured in a theatrical production called Keep a Song in Your Soul.

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Movie in the Park Hotel Transylvania

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Jun 242013

Hotel Transylvania PosterThe Greater South Loop Association would like you to join them for a free movie in Daniel Webster Park, located at 1401 S. Indiana Ave. on July 30, 2013. In cooperation with the Chicago Park District’s Movies in the Park and the city’s Night out in the Parks initiative, the GSLA is sponsoring the family-friendly animated blockbuster, Hotel Transylvania. The movie starts at dusk.

Hotel Transylvania is a resort for monsters only. It’s a ghoulishly delightful respite from mean-spirited humans. Count Dracula invites his monster friends—Frankenstein’s monster, Mummy, a Werewolf family—to the hotel to help celebrate the 118th birthday of his daughter, Mavis. All goes according to daddy’s plan until a 21-year-old hiker stumbles upon the hotel and more importantly, Mavis. How does Dracula protect his daughter from this human intruder? How does he save Hotel Transylvania?

Released on September 28, 2012, Hotel Transyvania set a record for the highest September opening weekend ever, eventually earning almost $350 million at the box office. Featuring the voice talent of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon David Spade, and Cee Lo Green, the film was nominate for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film. A sequel is scheduled for release in 2015.