Friday, May 13, 2016

Free Financial Planning Seminar at Overflow Coffee Bar May 17, 2016

Are you interested in learning about how recent Social Security changes affect you? Or how alternative investments can work in diversifying your portfolio? What about how to invest in volatile market times, or how you may be able to use annuities and long-term care insurance? All of these will be covered on May 17th at Noon (a light lunch will be provided) and 6:30 pm (hot appetizers and desserts will be served) at Overflow Coffee Bar, 1550 S. State St. Please join us as we cover these topics at this complimentary financial planning seminar.

Expect the event to run approximately 90 minutes. Just RSVP to Chris at 312-789-8010 or email

Chris Janota, Director of Investments & Financial Consultant, Abacus Financial
Chris Janota began in the financial services industry in 2005 and joined Abacus Financial as the Director of Investments in 2014. 

Laurie Ellis-McLeod, President & CEO AERIE Preferred Financial Group

Monday, April 25, 2016

Free summer workouts return to Millennium Park

Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St., will once again offer Free Summer Workouts on the Great Lawn funded by McDonald’s.

These free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am on Saturdays, June 4 - September 3, 2016. Workouts are 45 minutes long with classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba®. On Wednesdays, June 1–August 31, Yoga is offered 7:30–8:15am.

Full schedule below:

Wednesday Free Workout Schedule

Wednesday Yoga • 7:30–8:15 a.m.
Lani Granum of Moksha Yoga
Wednesday Yoga • 7:30–8:15 a.m.
Trevor Dye
Wednesday Yoga • 7:30–8:15 a.m.
Shakta Kaur, Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL)

Saturday Free Workout Schedule

Yoga • 7 a.m.
Led by Marta Bailey from Dunamis Yoga
Cardio Workout • 8 a.m.
Led by LaTonya Ellis
Pilates • 9 a.m.
Led by East Bank Club
Zumba® • 10 a.m.
Led by East Bank Club
Gospel music during yoga and cardio workout
Tai Chi • 7 a.m.
Led by Christopher Zalek from the Great Lakes Tai Chi
Yoga • 8 a.m.
Led by Lani Granum of Moksha Yoga
Pilates • 9 a.m.
Led by Leah Ousley, Skyy Level Group Fitness
Zumba® • 10 a.m.
Led by DANCEYTUDE with Meagan Ponce
Music during yoga and Pilates by Carlo Basile of Las Guitarras de Espana and Friends
Drumming during Zumba® by Crozier Percussion Collective
Tai Chi • 7 a.m.
Led by Gilda’s Club Chicago with Deb Sitron and Martin Romero
Yoga • 8 a.m.
Led by Alie McManus
Pilates • 9 a.m.
Led by Emily Gross, At The Core
Zumba® • 10 a.m.
Led by Iris T. London, ITL Fitness
Music during yoga and Pilates by Bill Mackay
Drumming during Zumba® by The Rhythm Revolution Drummers
Tai Chi • 7 a.m.
Led by East Bank Club
Yoga • 8 a.m.
Led by Chicago Park District/Park Family Wellness
Pilates • 9 a.m.
Led by East Bank Club
Zumba® • 10 a.m.
Led by Janice Lofton
Music during yoga and Pilates by DJ John Simmons

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Gioco Announces New Executive Chef and New Menu

Gioco announces new Executive Chef, Jim Kilberg and his new menu. Chef Kilberg is back at Gioco, where he spent three years as a Sous Chef before traveling back to Italy to immerse himself in Italian culture and cuisine and returned to Chicago as Gioco’s Chef de Cuisine and later as Executive Chef.

Menu highlights include:

  • Grilled Baby Octopus
  • Braised Duck with House Made Pappardelle 
  • Wood-Fire Grilled Veal Chop
  • Whole Roasted Branzino with Tomato, Olive and Caper
  • Linguini with Clams, Shrimp and Calamari

Chicago restaurateurs Jerry Kleiner and Howard Davis opened Gioco in 1999 and pioneered the retail development in the South Loop and inspired future restaurant groups and Chicago's culinary scene. Kleiner and Davis opened Vivo, Marche and Red Light on West Randolph before today's popular Restaurant Row in the West Loop, where Kleiner had a knack for creating the next hot spot.

“We are delighted to have Chef Kilberg back at Gioco,” says Howard Davis, Owner. “Chef Kilberg’s love for Italian cuisine and culture provides our guests with one of the best authentic Italian dining experiences in Chicago set in a warm rustic space in an historic building in the South Loop.”

For reservations to taste the new menu, call 312.939.3870.

About Gioco
Gioco pioneered the retail development of the South Loop when it opened in September of 1999. The restaurant has been a mainstay in the South Loop neighborhood as other restaurants and stores have opened up over the years. Gioco is located at 1312 S. Wabash in an historic building built in 1890 and is one of the few remaining buildings in Chicago from that era. The Gioco space features the original old brick and plaster walls, an old wooden walk-in cooler and a walk-in safe built into the wall, used by the Chicago gangsters for one of the gambling and/or brothel houses that dominated the area in the early 1900s. Gioco Restaurant was designed to retain these old world elements and to feature them in a modernized space. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Armand’s Pizzeria comes to the South Loop

Armand’s Pizzeria is coming to the South Loop. They’ll be opening shop at 1416 S. Michigan Ave., in the space formerly occupied by City Tavern. There is a sign posted in the window of the old City Tavern, but you can hardly see it due to the way the windows are configured.

Armand’s Pizzeria boasts that they make “Chicago’s Best Thin Crust Pizza.” They’ve been in business since 1956 and have 10 locations in the Chicagoland area, including locations in Wicker Park and Millennium Station.

I'd like to buy a vowel, Pat, so I can read this sign.

The sign says opening soon, but no official opening date has been announced.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

South Loop Neighbors’ Night Out April 13 at Kroll's

South Loop Neighbors’ Night Out
Location: Kroll’s, 1736 S. Michigan Ave.
When” Wednesday, April 13, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Topic: Forum on Schools

Interested in the future of the South Loop? Want to share your thoughts on neighborhood development, learn from others, and provide input to elected officials, city staff and real estate developers? Just want to meet some fellow South Loopers and have a little fun? Then join us! 

Starting in 2016 the Greater South Loop Association will host a monthly Neighbor's Night Out for anyone wanting to meet up and be part of the neighborhood’s future. Each month will have a general topic, and we’ll invite relevant speakers to share some thoughts and be part of the dialogue. These sessions will also help the Greater South Loop Association fulfill its role as a conduit for neighborhood input on important community development issues.

FREE RSVP: Click Here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

South Loop Town Hall Meeting April 7 at Daystar School

Third Ward Alderman, Pat Dowell, will be holding a town hall meeting at the Daystar School, 1550 S. State St., April 7, 2015 at 6 p.m. Items on the agenda include a public safety discussion with the 1st Police District, proposed developments at 1411 S. Michigan and 1408 S. Wabash, and an update from Friend of the Parks.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Overflow Coffee Bar celebrates five years in the South Loop

Five years ago, Brandon and Amanda Neely wanted to start a business where making a profit wasn’t the top priority.

Check out the video below to learn more about Overflow and their unique business model and how that impacts their mission.

Overflow will officially celebrate their anniversary on April 2, 2016. For more information on this event, click here.

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