Monday, September 1, 2014

Conquer Chiari Walk Across America September 20, 2014

The Conquer Chiari Walk Across America will take place at the Carl Hansen Woods (Grove 1), Rte 59
(between Shoe Factory and Golf) Hoffman Estates, IL 60195. Registration is 8:30 a.m. The walk starts at 10 a.m.

What is Chiari?
Chiari Malformation is a serious neurological disorder affecting 300,000 people in the US. The  Conquer Chiari Walk Across America is a series of local awareness and fundraising walks held across the country on the same day.

All proceeds from the walk will be used to fund Chiari research, education and awareness programs. For more information on the walk, contact Maureen Schorr at 847.308.7058 or ms01211969@gmail.com.

The event will also feature a performance by Tess Considine, a self described singer of “alternative country rock.”

For more information about Chiari visit the Conquer Chiari Web site.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Vice District Brewing Co. Opens in the South Loop

Vice District Brewing, 1454 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1, Chicago, IL is open! Friday night (last night) was the night. Free samples all around to a packed house of excited craft beer fans. Welcome to the South Loop!

The look is industrial, but warm with wood picnic-like tables, and what looks like reclaimed wood paneling, similar to the material used at The Scout. One cool feature we noticed was electric outlets along the bar so you can charge your phone or electronic device.

South Loopers mingled with hardcore beer aficionados, sampling some five new brews. One caught our eye: Everleigh, named after the famed house of prostitution located at 2131 - 2133 S. Dearborn Street.

The Everleigh Club was visited my the famous and infamous from all over the world. It was in business from February 1900 until October 1911. It was closed by Chicago’s Vice Commission. If you want to learn more about this colorful period in Chicago’s history, we recommend you read Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott.

The official opening of Vice District Brewing Co. is September 2, 2014.









Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Congratulations, Jackie Robinson West!

Fans of Jackie Robinson West get ready for their team at 14th and Michigan.
Let the cheering begin!
Little League champs wave to the fans on their way to Millennium Park.

Monday, August 25, 2014

GSLA movie in the park rescheduled for September 2, 2014

The Greater South Loop Association would like you to join them for a free movie in Daniel Webster Park, located at 1401 S. Indiana Ave. on September 2, 2014. In cooperation with the Chicago Park District’s Movies in the Park and the city’s Night out in the Parks initiative, the GSLA is presenting the family-friendly animated blockbuster, The Croods. The movie starts at dusk. The movie was originally scheduled for July 29, but was rescheduled due to rain.


The Croods features the adventures (and misadventures) of a caveman family, struggling to survive in the harsh environment of the Stone Age. The animated movie features the voice talents of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, and Cloris Leachman as Gran.

Released in the United States on March 22, 2013, The Croods was one of the biggest box office hits of the year and the fourth highest-grossing animated movie of year, behind FrozenDespicable Me 2, and Monsters University. Worldwide, The Croods made $587,204,688. A sequel is scheduled for November 3, 2017.


Join the GSLA, along with your friends and neighbors for a great night of family fun under the stars. Movie starts at dusk, but come early to claim your spot. The Chicago Park District will provide popcorn free. Additional movie treats will be available for purchase at the park.

The GSLA is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt neighborhood organization. It is comprised of an alliance of South Loop residents and businesses. The overarching mission of the GSLA is to maintain, improve, and promote the South Loop as a vibrant and diverse, inclusive community.



For more information visit the GSLA Web site.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bash on Wabash this weekend: August 23 & 24, 2014

The 11th annual Bash on Wabash presented by the Greater South Loop Association and Criterion Productions will take place this weekend, August 23 and 24, 2014. The goal of the Bash on Wabash is bringing neighbors and businesses alike, from near and far, to a festival that showcases the beauty, creativity, history and culture of the South Loop.

Located in the heart of the neighborhood on Wabash Avenue between 13th Street and 14th Place, this year’s “Bash on Wabash” promises to be an experience to remember.

Benefiting the Greater South Loop Association (GSLA) with a portion of proceeds going to the South Loop Food Pantry. This lively, colorful festival will have something for everyone including a wide variety of musical acts, food and beverages (including beer and wine), arts and crafts, an elaborate children’s area, vendor booths, and so much more.

New features this year include the Chef’s Demo Table. You will see chefs from some of the South Loop’s most popular restaurants—including Flo & Santos, Brasserie LM, Chef Luciano’s, The Scout, Weather Mark Tavern, and more—where you will be able to sample some signature dishes.

Print and share a Bash on Wabash Poster 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

South Loop Pantry volunteer opportunities meeting August 20, 2014

South Loop Community Church Food Pantry, 1347 S. State St., is looking for volunteers to help with their food pantry and clothes closet ministries. The church will be holding a brief introduction meeting on volunteer opportunities, Wednesday August 20, 2014 at 7:15 p.m.

The food pantry serves between 85 and 100 walk-ins every week.

In operation for over two years, the food pantry serves between 85 and 100 walk-ins every week. If you’re looking for a way to serve or give back to your community, volunteering at the food pantry might be for you. The food pantry needs volunteers on Saturday mornings, when food distribution takes place, as well as during the week to help with accepting food deliveries and restocking shelves.

The food pantry offers free produce three times a month.

Food distribution is every Saturday, 9-11 a.m. Three times a month, the pantry also offers fresh produce. The clothes closet distributes clothes and accessories for men, women, and children twice a month. The clothes closet operates the second and third Saturdays of every month during the food distribution. After food pantry clients get their food, they can look at clothing.
Click here to download this flyer.

The food pantry has partnered with local businesses, like Overflow Coffee Bar, Marianos, Pret A Manger, and Urban Re-Mix, and community organizations like Greater South Loop Association (GSLA). The GSLA contributed $1000 to the help the pantry buy turkeys last year for Thanksgiving baskets.

For more information, visit the church’s Web site or contact them via e-mail at southloopcommunitychurch@gmail.com or call the church office at 312.566.9076.

For a look at how the food pantry operates, check out this post from local South Loop blogger Bonnie McGrath.

If you would like to promote this volunteer event in your building or office, click here to download flyer.


Full disclosure: The writer of this blog is a regular volunteer at the South Loop Community Church Food Pantry. It’s been a rewarding experience serving folks in need from our neighborhood.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Attention Shoppers: Jewel-Osco victim of hack

According to an article in today’s ChicagoBusiness.com, Jewel-Osco’s credit card database was breached.
At this time, Jewel-Osco does not think credit card information has been compromised.

“The time frame in question may have begun June 22 at the earliest and ended July 17 at the latest, according to Jewel-Osco's owner, a group of firms that includes Cerberus Capital Management, Kimco Realty Corp. and Klaff Realty.”

For further details, click here for the full article.

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