2017 State of the South Loop: Highlights

We are pleased to share a summary of the feedback collected from the 2017 State of the South Loop Survey in November.  We thank everyone who took the time to respond with their perspectives on life in the South Loop.  The information collected from the survey is already being used to inform our 2018 programming calendar. There were 306 respondents… 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 →

Survey Recap: South Loop Education Priorities

 About the survey: The objective of the survey was to gather feedback from stakeholders in the South Loop, including community residents, families who live within the proposed expanded boundary for South Loop Elementary School, and families who attend South Loop Elementary or National Teachers Academy. The survey is similar in structure and scope to a survey used by the Coalition… 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 →

GSLA Board of Directors 2017-18

The board of directors of the Greater South Loop Association received nominating petitions for the board of directors and held its annual election on Saturday, October 7, 2017. From Cristina Hall, incoming President: As the incoming President of the Greater South Loop Association, I’d like to offer a HUGE thank you to Deb Soehlig, our outgoing President for her years… 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 →