Category: Events

South Loop Civics: State Assembly, County Commissioner, and Judges…. Oh My!

Introduction It’s not always easy for residents of our neighborhood, especially those who are new neighbors, to navigate the “lay of the land” when it comes to our elected representation in the South Loop. The information contained in this blog post is intended to provide basic information to voters in the South Loop neighborhood regarding a subset of offices which… Read more →

GSLA Neighborhood Paint Night!

We recently hosted a Neighborhood Paint Night at Bottle & Bottega as a fun holiday event and fundraiser for our organization. We really appreciate all who came out to support the GSLA and spend a fun evening in the neighborhood. The GSLA would like to extend an extra special thanks to Lakeside Bank for their sponsorship of this event and… Read more →

November Neighbor’s Night Out Summary: Parking Pains and Exciting New Additions to Motor Row

The Greater South Loop Association hosted over 50 area neighbors at Motor Row Brewing on November 8th, 2017 for the November Neighbor’s Night Out.  Leaders from the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) attended to share updates, mostly related to the opening of the Wintrust Arena, which has now begun its official event schedule. The hot topic from attendees was… Read more →

October Neighbor’s Night Out Summary: Looking Toward the Future

At the October GSLA Neighbors’ Night Out, about 35 people joined in conversation about metro Chicago regional planning issues. The event was held at Bulldog Ale House, 901 South State Street. Two urban planners from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning—the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendal, Lake, McHenry, and Will—joined the… Read more →

Confessions of a Condo Board member…

(The names have been changed to protect the innocent) “I ended up on my building’s board kind of by accident… I’ve never served on something like this before and am not sure exactly what I’m supposed to do.”  – Lucy, new board member “Our management company just gave us notice that they will not be renewing their contract with us…… Read more →

September Neighbors’ Night Out – Getting Active: Workouts and Bike Transit!

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.… Read more →

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

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… Read more →

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… Read more →

Who’s Bud Billiken, anyway?

August is nearly upon us, and that means the Bud Billiken Parade is right around the corner.  Have you heard of this annual event and wondered what it celebrates? Our friends at the Chicago Defender Charities made us aware of their annual gala, A Night in Bronzeville, which is coming up this Thursday, August 3.  The event raises funds for… Read more →