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 about parking restrictions.  Below are some key takeaways from the Q&A session:

  • Remember that having the Soldier Field / Wintrust Arena event parking pass does not waive parking fees if your vehicle is parked in a pay to park zone. You must pay for parking per usual AND display the parking pass.
  • Residents who did not receive a pass or need a replacement can get one from City Hall or at Alderman Dowell’s office, located at 5046 South State Street.
  • A question was raised about how neighbors can be well informed about events when the parking pass is required. At this time, the McCormick Square app, Marty by McCormick Square is the best option to use, and MPEC is working with Soldier Field on a plan to ensure all events are communicated to the community.

Alderman Dowell (03) was in attendance and shared updates about Motor Row, including the streetscape work planned for 2018 (view the plan here).  She welcomed two new event spaces which have recently opened, the Revel space at 2400 South Michigan and Row 24 at 2411 South Michigan, and mentioned some upcoming additions to the area, including a classic car museum and a new dining and entertainment venue, Lips, which is known for its drag queen shows.

Alderman Dowell also addressed some questions about the Wintrust Arena traffic plan and noted that adjustments are still being made to the plan.  Community members can continue to share their feedback on the plan by emailing Alderman Dowell at

Click here to learn more about MPEC.

Current event schedules for Soldier Field and the Wintrust Arena may be found below:

Soldier Field events

Wintrust Arena events


About the GSLA:

The Greater South Loop Association (GSLA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1998.  Our mission is to bring neighbors together to maintain and improve the South Loop as a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive community.

About Neighbors’ Night Out:

The GSLA’s Neighbors’ Night Out is a monthly series of informal gatherings at local restaurants/bars where neighbors may gather to meet and discuss topics relevant to our neighborhood.  The topics change from month to month based on feedback from our annual State of the South Loop survey and other current events that impact the South Loop.