Category: News

Education Update: Summary of community meetings #2 and #3 to discuss a high school proposal for the South Loop, Chinatown, Bridgeport, Armor Square, and north Bronzeville

Parents and community members packed the gymnasium at the South Loop Elementary School’s main building (1212 S. Plymouth) on Tuesday, June 21 and the cafeteria and gymnasium at National Teachers Academy on Monday, July 10 to hear more information and provide feedback on the recently released proposal to repurpose NTA into a high school serving the Near South neighborhoods of… Read more →

June Neighbors’ Night Out Summary: Folks excited about employment, recreation opportunities at Related Midwest’s riverfront development

Over 50 neighbors attended the GSLA’s June Neighbors’ Night Out to meet representatives from Related Midwest, the developer who will lead the development of the undeveloped 62-acre tract that stretches along the east side of the Chicago River on the south side of Roosevelt Road. The event was held at Kroll’s South Loop. Curt Bailey, President of Related Midwest, shared… Read more →

Education Update: Summary of Community Meeting to Discuss a High School for the South Loop, Chinatown, Bridgeport, Armour Square, and north Bronzeville

The rumors and speculation that have been swirling around the South Loop for weeks were clarified Tuesday evening (June 6), as CPS unveiled a proposal to repurpose the National Teacher’s Academy PreK-8 school into a high school which would serve the South Loop, Chinatown, Armour Square, Bridgeport, and north Bronzeville neighborhoods. June 6, 2017 CPS Community Meeting at 2nd Presbyterian.… Read more →

October Neighbors’ Night Out summary – Litter, pests, stormwater, snow a pain, but no big deal

October’s Neighbors’ Night Out drew a strong and lively crowd – including Ward 3 Alderman Pat Dowell – to Square One for a discussion of litter, pests, stormwater and snow. Attendees were generally very positive about the low frequency of these nuisances and generally solid management of them in the South Loop. There were some specific problems mentioned, such as… Read more →

Board of Directors 2016-17

From Deb Soehlig, returning President: As I continue as President of the Greater South Loop Association, I’d like to offer a big thank you to our 2015-16 officers and directors. The 2016-17 year will see the return of many familiar faces, although many in new roles, as well as the addition of new faces. I’d like to thank Frank Readus… Read more →

September Neighbors’ Night Out summary – Neighbors want a little of everything as McCormick Place expands

The September Neighbors’ Night Out drew about 60 area residents and business owners to Motor Row Brewing for an update on all things McCormick Place from Lori Healey, the CEO of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. Brian Murphy encouraged area businesses to consider the South Loop Business Exchange, and GSLA Board member Cristina Bothe-Hall discussed our re-launch of the… Read more →

August Neighbors’ Night Out summary – Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians ALL need to open their eyes

August’s Neighbors’ Night Out at Spoke & Bird focused on pedestrian and cycling issues. It was a beautiful evening and we appreciated everyone taking the time to gather on Spoke & Bird’s great outdoor patio. A special thanks to Alderman Dowell and Brian Freedman from the 3rd Ward for being part of the conversation and also fielding general questions about updates in… Read more →

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

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… Read more →