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: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/polar-adventure-days/

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.

After-School Teen Programs at The Field Museum

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Oct 012014
 

This post was authored by Edge Quintanilla, Digital Learning Specialist at the Field Museum, a GSLA member organization

Electronic Gardens at The Field Museum: In a connected world, even gardens are part of the Internet of Things. Come learn the basics of urban gardening and how electronics can give us better insights into homegrown food at The Field Museum.

In a connected world, even gardens are part of the Internet of Things. Come learn the basics of urban gardening and how electronics can give us better insights into homegrown food at The Field Museum.

The Field Museum, in collaboration with the Peterson Garden Project, hosts a community vegetable garden. The Edible Treasures garden, tended by museum employees donating their time, will be hosting an electronic gardening project for teens ages 14-18 on Wednesdays starting on September 17 through October 15th, from 4pm to 6pm.

The goal of the program is to introduce students to urban gardening through the lens of digital media. The program will focus on building microcontroller-based sensors for things like soil moisture, temperature, and light to answer deeper questions that urban gardeners need to know to get the most out of their homegrown crops.

The Electronic Gardens project is free-of-charge and no registration is required.  For more information, visit http://www.fieldmuseum.org/at-the-field/programs/digital-media-teens or contact us at digitalstudio@fieldmusem.org

sOUTh and ABOUT – Sign up now for Dash at the Bash!

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Jun 292014
 

Get your sweat on! Meet your neighbors, see the sights of the South Loop and Chicago’s beautiful lakefront and have some healthy fun at the 2014 Bash on Wabash, the South Loop’s premier street festival.

Join Snap Fitness of Chicago-South Loop and the Greater South Loop Association for a 5K fitness run (not a race) on Saturday, August 23, or a 10 mile family bike ride on Sunday, August 24. Both depart from and return to the 2014 Bash on Wabash. Run or ride with your friends or family, and come meet some fellow South Loop’ers.

Click here to sign up for the Dash at the Bash 5K Fitness Run!

Click here to sign up for the Dash at the Bash 10M Family Bike Ride! See the route here. Thank you to Chicago’s Bicycle Ambassadors for supporting this ride and participating in the Bash on Wabash Family Fun area.

Sponsored by Snap Fitness, there is no cost to join the run or bike ride, but registration is required. There is a suggested donation of $5 to enter the Bash on Wabash.

Questions? Please contact Teryn at southloop@snapfitness.com or 312.533.4646.

sOUTh and ABOUT: Spring Tips for a Successful Container Garden

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May 082014
 

By Jodi Prout

Jodi is a South Loop resident, a certified Cook County Master Gardener, and an urban planner for the City of Blue Island, one of Chicago’s southern neighbors. She loves growing a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes, peppers and herbs on her patio garden. She loves having everything so accessible and being able to pick as needed. She is somewhat obsessed with heirloom tomatoes and the history and story behind each variety. 

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