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 South Loop’On, a one-of-a-kind neighborhood discount program for GSLA members.

Here is a summary of responses from the event questionnaire:

  1. What are your top priorities for new retail near McCormick Place?
    1. Restaurants/bars (4)
    2. Live music/jazz club (3)
    3. No big box retail/locally owned (3)
    4. Target/CVS (2)
    5. Drug store
    6. Gym
    7. Mix of national and local
    8. Proactive parking/traffic management
    9. High profile corporate draws
    10. High-density residential
    11. Entertainment/programming outside on the street


  1. What major events would you like to see at/near McCormick Place?
    1. Live theater/concerts (4)
    2. Sporting events (specifically boxing and the Big East basketball tournament) (3)
    3. Student performances/dance
    4. GreenBuild
    5. ASHRAF
    6. Smaller events lost in recent year, such as hardware show
    7. High revenue events that attract few people
    8. Entertainment for adults (but not adult entertainment)
    9. Hacker convention


  1. Given the potential market for future development, what other new kinds of real estate development would you like to see in the area, particularly near the Green Line stop?
    1. High-density residential to bring more people (2)
    2. Nice/higher end locally owned bar/restaurant (2)
    3. Movie theater
    4. Blues/music district
    5. Return of public housing
    6. A green space near El stop to give sense of community
    7. A school


  1. What other development concerns do you have in the area?
    1. Security/More foot patrols/More cameras (6)
    2. Traffic (4)
    3. Parking (3)
    4. More housing, but make sure some is affordable to maintain diversity and offset gentrification


The next Neighbors’ Night Out is Wednesday, October 12, at Square One, and will focus on litter, pests, stormwater and snow. Register now!