Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show Opens Today

Progressive Chicago Boat, RV and Sail Show opens today and runs through January 13 at McCormick Place (South Loop) Chicago, Illinois. The annual event features more than 150 hourly sailing seminars, as well as exhibits featuring sail boats, power boats, and RVs.

For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, click here.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Chicago Auto Show February 9 – 18, 2019 at McCormick Place

First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks the 111th edition of the Chicago Auto Show.

Ford Mustang from the 2017 Chicago Auto Show
The Chicago Auto Show utilizes more than 1 million square feet in the North and South Exhibit Halls of the McCormick Place complex. McCormick Place offers a total of 2.7 million square feet of exhibit halls with an additional 700,000 square feet of meeting room availability.

For more information on the auto show and to purchase tickets, click here.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Loft Walk Saturday, December 15

Loft Walk  
Saturday, December 15
Noon- 5:00 pm
Join your South Loop neighbors for the 20th annual Loft Walk. To celebrate the occasion, the walk features a special “Deck the Halls” version of the event. This highly anticipated event offers visitors a unique experience to see inside 8-12 urban residences and businesses. 

This is the South Loop Neighbor’s most successful fundraiser of the year and all proceeds will benefit the 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization.

To volunteer, email:

Advanced Purchase: $30 
Day of Ticket: $40

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

“American Street Kid” debuts in Chicago December 11

In American Street Kid, filmmaker Michael Leoni takes you on a journey into a world that most people don’t know exists. A world where in order to survive, kids are forced to sell drugs, beg for money or sell their bodies. Their powerful stories are heartbreaking and their unrelenting hope and determination to create a better life shines through, in this true tale of love, friendship, and the triumph of the human spirit.

For more information, visit

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Raiders of the Lost Ark at Daniel Webster Park, Chicago July 17, 2017

The Greater South Loop Association is presenting Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) free of charge at Daniel Webster Park, 1357 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60605. The movie starts at dusk.

Raiders of the Lost Ark is the first (and best) movie in the Indiana Jones franchise. The film takes place in 1936, five years before the United States entered World War II. Raiders stars Harrison Ford as professor and archaeologist Indiana Jones and Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, daughter of his mentor, Abner Ravenwood. Jones, at the request of the United States Army, is on the hunt for the ancient Ark of the Covenant as described in the Book of Exodus. The Bible describes the Ark as a gold-covered wooden chest that contained the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments. When the Israelites carried the Ark into battle, they were victorious. The Nazis are searching for the Ark because they believe whoever possesses it will be invincible. Jones races against time and Dr. Rene Belloq, a competing archaeologist who is working with the Nazis, to get to the Ark first.

Lawrence Kasdan (Fatal Attraction) wrote the screenplay, from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. Steven Spielberg directed the action-packed adventure that was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The memorable score, featuring “The Raiders March” was written by John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

Harrison Ford and Karen Allen pose this shot on the set of Raiders.

Backstory: Tom Selleck was originally cast as Indiana Jones, but had to drop out due to his commitment to the television series Magnum P.I. Debra Winger was offered the role of Marion Ravenwood, but she turned it down. Actress Sean Young auditioned for the part, but Spielberg was set on Karen Allen after seeing her in National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978). Alfred Molina, who played director Robert Aldrich in Feud: Bette and Joan, made his film debut as Satipo in Raiders.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Free movie in Grant Park: “Jumanji” June 13

The Greater South Loop Association (GSLA) and Century 21 SGR will present Jumanji (1995) in Grant Park (near the Logan monument, Michigan and 9th St.). The fantasy stars Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce.

What’s it about?
A magical board game unleashes a world of adventure on siblings Peter (Bradley Pierce) and Judy Shepherd (Kirsten Dunst). While exploring an old mansion, the youngsters find a curious, jungle-themed game called Jumanji in the attic. When they start playing, they free Alan Parrish (Robin Williams), who’s been stuck in the game’s inner world for decades. If they win Jumanji, the kids can free Alan for good—but that means braving giant bugs, ill-mannered monkeys and even stampeding rhinos!

The film is rated PG. Movie will start at dusk.

Other movies scheduled in the South Loop include the following:
June 27: Rogue One at Daniel Webster Park.
July 10: Raiders of the Lost Ark at Daniel Webster Park
August 16: Zootopia at Cottontail Park.

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