Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Annual State of the South Loop Meeting, November 21 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Hear the latest and greatest about the neighborhood at GSLA’s annual State of The South Loop meeting, Saturday, November 21, from 9:30am to 11:00am, Daystar Center, 1550 S. State St. Come mingle with friends and neighbors, then stay for an array of updates and perspectives on everything from real estate development to park programming, and safety to business development.

Agenda (As Of 11/14):

  • Welcome And Introductions, Deb Soehlig, Greater South Loop Association Board President
  • Caps Update
  • Recap And Survey Summary From GSLA’s Nov. 2 Real Estate Development Open House, Josh Ellis, GSLA Board
  • Alderman Pat Dowell, 3rd Ward
  • Alderman Will Burns, 4th Ward (Tentative)
  • State Representative Ken Dunkin, Illinois 5th District
  • Harold Ickes Homes Redevelopment Update, Cha Representative (Tentative)
  • Great Rivers Chicago Update, Sarah Cardona, Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Southloop-Living.Com, Courtney Hunt

Friday, November 6, 2015

Music For Food concert featuring Spektral Quartet at PianoForte Studios November 22

Sunday, November 22, 2015, 5 p.m.
PianoForte Studios
1335 S. Michigan Ave.

Admission: Monetary donation and/or non-perishable food items
Event Web site

Thanksgiving is synonymous with gatherings of family and celebrations of abundance, but it is also an opportunity to consider those for whom food is far from plentiful. This November, Spektral Quartet expresses its own gratitude by partnering with Music for Food to bring much-needed food to hungry people in Chicago with a rousing concert benefiting the South Loop Community Church Food Pantry.

Internationally renowned violist and program founder Kim Kashkashian launched Music for Food as a community-based initiative to transform talent into real world hunger relief for those in need. Music for Food has provided over 200,000 meals during its six-year tenure, with the goal of addressing the everyday, long-term effects of hunger on children and families. A 2012 USDA report found that 20% of Americans live in food-insecure households, and Music for Food aims to help lower that staggering number.

The Spektral Quartet will perform Schubert’s Quartettsatz, Cage’s Quartet in Four Parts, Prokofiev’s String Quartet No. 1, and Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge for any attendee making a monetary or non-perishable food donatioin at the PianoForte Studios on November 22. While the admission process may be out of the ordinary, the program is characteristically diverse for Spektral, taking the audience from the Romantic melodrama of the Schubert to the Zen-like stillness of Cage, and from the lyrical twists of Prokofiev through the ecstatic counterpoint of the Beethoven.

The Spektral Quartet’s concert marks the second Music for Food event in Chicago, led by cellist Mira Luxion. For this event, concertgoers are offered incentives for giving beyond the suggested $20 donation. Donors at the $50-or-more level will be invited for drinks with the quartet following the concert, and gifts of $100 or more will provide a Thanksgiving basket to a South Loop Pantry client as well as an invitation to post-show cocktails. Donors are requested to make their contributions by November 18, to secure their seats.

For queries and interview requests, please contact For Music for Food inquiries, please contact Mira Luxion at

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tapas Valencia to host free Thanksgiving dinner November 26

Tapas Valencia, 1530 S. State St., will be hosting their annual free Thanksgiving dinner on November 26, 2015, 11 a.m – 1:30 p.m.

Guests will be treated to a free traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. Reservations are required because seating is limited. Please make your reservations before Thursday, November 19, 2015 by calling 312.842.444.

Friday, October 30, 2015

South Loop Development Proposal Open House - November 2, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

What: South Loop development proposal open house, and opportunity for community residents to meet with developers proposing a range of projects in the south loop. Developers will have displays, posters, and other information, and be available for conversations and Q&A with attendees. There will be no presentations, per se, but rather time to talk, ask questions, and then share your thoughts with the Greater South Loop Association board and local elected officials. Attendees can stop by for 15 minutes or two hours – this flexible format can accommodate many levels of interest and availability. While the event is free to attend, in order to help the GSLA track numbers, they’re asking that you register in advance.

Where: Vice District Brewing, 1454 S. Michigan

When: Monday, November 2, 6p.m. to 8 p.m.

Why: There are many Big – Big – developments proposed for the South Loop. This is a chance to talk with those developers, ask questions about everything from timing to design, and be a part of shaping this exciting time in the South Loop. Plus, meet some neighbors over a great Vice District brew. Light refreshments will be served.

Who: Brought to you by the Greater South Loop Association (GSLA). Featured developers and developments include (as of 10/26/15):

1326 S. Michigan Ave., MB Real Estate (see article)
Roosevelt and Michigan, Crescent Heights (see article)
1136-1140 S. Wabash Ave., K. Giles, LLC. (see article)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

“The Curse of the Cat People” screens at Daystar Center October 31,2015

Gothic Noir: The Horror Films of Val Lewton – The Curse of the Cat People
Where: The Venue 1550 at the Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street, Chicago, IL
When: October 31, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by Stephen Reginald

The Curse of the Cat People (1944)—With the runaway success of Cat People (1942), it was inevitable that the studio executives would demand a sequel. Producer Val Lewton, ever the clever and creative man, produced this psychological masterpiece, which gave Robert Wise his first directorial credit. The film concerns a shy young girl named Amy who imagines that her secret friend is the deceased Irena from the original Cat People. Classic scenes: Amy lost in a snowstorm, as she is “pursued” and an old woman’s scary storytelling.

Before the movie, grab a cup of coffee from Overflow Coffee Bar, located within the Daystar Center. You can bring food and beverages into the auditorium; we even have small tables set up next to some of the seats. General Admission: $5 Students and Senior Citizens: $3.

Have some Joe and Enjoy the Show!
Before the movie, grab a cup of coffee from Overflow Coffee Bar, located within the Daystar Center. You can bring food and beverages into the auditorium; we even have small tables set up next to some of the seats. General Admission: $5 Students and Senior Citizens: $3.

Join the Chicago Film club; join the discussion
Once a month we screen a classic film and have a brief discussion afterward. For more information, including how to join (it’s free), click here.The Venue 1550 is easily accessible by the CTA. Please visit Transit Chicago for more information on transportation options.

Simone Simon and Ann Carter

Stephen Reginald is a freelance writer and editor. He has worked at various positions within the publishing industry for over 25 years. Most recently he was executive editor for McGraw-Hill’s The Learning Group Division. A long-time amateur student of film, Reginald hosts “Chicago Film Club,” a monthly movie event held in the South Loop, for the past two years. Reginald has also taught several adult education film classes as Facets Film School, Chicago.

Daystar Center located at 1550 S. State St. works through a grassroots network of collaborations and partnerships with individuals and other nonprofit organizations. Through this web, they’re able to provide educational, cultural, and civic activities that enrich and empower their clients, guests, and community members. To learn more about classes and events offered at the Daystar Center, please visit their Web site.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wiggles & Giggles Halloween Bash – Fred Anderson Park, Thursday October 29, 2015

On the second night before Halloween please join the South Loop Dog PAC, West Town Walkers and the Greater South Loop Association for a FREE party at Fred Anderson Park for families with dogs, families with kids, and of course families with both!

Come on out and meet your neighbors to oooh and aaah over the cute costumes, do some Trick-or-Treating, and participate in a fun Costume Contest for both the kids and the dogs! There will be a Costume Parade at 7:00, followed by announcement of the prizes.

Costume categories are Child, Dog, and Ensemble (a combination of humans and dogs). The Ensemble category was added after last year's winners, the Viking Family, absolutely stole the show!

Great prizes have been donated by several local South Loop businesses, including Bentley's Corner Barkery, DoGone Fun!, Doggyloot, Kriser's, Soggy Paws, and also, our three veterinary hospitals, Burnham Park Animal Hospital, Metropolitan Veterinary Center, and South Loop Animal Hospital have contributed to sponsoring this fun Halloween party.

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