Friday, September 19, 2014

Greater South Loop Association Community Meeting Saturday September 20 at Daystar Center

Click here to visit the Greater South Loop Association Web site.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Art Walk & Wabash Arts Corridor CRAWL Friday September 19

The WAC CRAWL will include a stunning array of new, large-scale street and public art, an
expansive cultural program ranging from the Joffrey ballet to blues, jazz and hip-hop performances, tours of historic and new architecture, some twenty gallery openings, and special food and drink offerings from local restaurants and bars. The WAC CRAWL takes place from 4 – 9 p.m.

The WAC CRAWL in its first year was nominated by friends of downtown for “best event” as part of their 2014 “best of downtown” awards. In its second year, the WAC CRAWL is expected to emerge as one of Chicago’s major cultural events.

The Wabash arts corridor crawl unleashes the unbridled talent and energy of the Wabash arts corridor and its partners.

The South Loop Art Walk
Visit artist spaces, enjoy food and drink specials on a walk through the South Loop. All are welcome to use the WAC trolley until 11th St. Cost for the Art Walk is $5.

At Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation, take a self-guided tour hosted by Marie Dixon and highlighting Blues photo gallery of Terry Abrahamson from his book, In the Belly of the Blues. For more information on the Art Walk, visit GreaterSouthLoop.Org.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hitchcock’s “Saboteur” to screen September 9, 2014 at Daystar Center

When: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Venue 1550 at the Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1942 thriller stars Priscilla Lane and Robert Cummings. Cummings plays Barry Kane, a Los Angeles aircraft factory worker who suspects the plant has been bombed by a foreign agent. Kane’s best friend is killed in the conflagration and is wrongly accused of sabotage. Along the way, Kane meets a model Patricia (Pat) Martin (Priscilla Lane). The two begin a cross-country journey in an attempt to prove Kane’s innocence and to stop more bombings planned throughout the United States.

All-American cast
Hitchcock chose an all-American cast to move the narrative along at breakneck speed. The film features some amazing set pieces, as well as some great on-location filming at Boulder Dam, New York’s Radio City Music Hall, and the Statue of Liberty. The climatic scene atop the Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic in all of cinema.

No looking back
New York Times movie critic Bosley Crowther said in his May 8, 1942 review that “Saboteur is a swift, high-tension film which throws itself forward so rapidly that it permits slight opportunity for looking back.”

Behind the scenes at the Sutton mansion

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.

Join the Chicago Film club, join the discussion
The Chicago Film Club is for classic movie fans. 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. To purchase your ticket in advance, click here. The Venue 1550 is easily accessible by the CTA. Please visit Transit Chicago for more information on transportation options.

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

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.
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