June Neighbors’ Night Out feedback – Major events in the neighborhood are big fun, big hassle

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)