To kick off the holiday season, Loyola University Chicago, Rogers Park Business Alliance, and Alderman Joe Moore of the 49th Ward are co-hosting the inaugural Polar Palooza, a two-day outdoor winter festival, at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus for the Northside communities under the RogersEdge initiative.
It all began ten months ago when Loyola University approached Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) about the joining forces to address the commercial streets that are boundaries between community areas and wards. In a unique collaboration the RogersEdge partnership is growing a more prosperous business district in the Devon-Sheridan-Broadway area.
Loyola University Chicago held the first annual Northside Leadership Prayer Breakfast at the Coffey Hall, McCormick Lounge in Rogers Park. Community stakeholders, parish leaders and clergy from Edgewater, Evanston, Rogers Park, West Ridge, gathered on Tuesday, September 20, at Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus to hear from local lawmakers about new projects and programs in Cook County and City of Chicago.
On January 11, 2015, interim University president John Pelissero signed a commitment for Loyola University Chicago to be one of the founding members of a consortium of 17 nonprofit colleges and universities in Chicago.
Throughout the month of February, local businesses from both the Edgewater and Rogers Park communities visited campus to interact with students, faculty and staff for the Ramblin' Around Business Showcase at the Damen Student Center.
This past spring, Pearson Street between State and Little Michigan Avenue began improvements as the City renovated the streets with infrastructure upgrades and streetscape elements. These enhancements were part of a comprehensive streetscaping project designed by the City of Chicago Department of Transportation in close cooperation with community representatives and Alderman Brendan Reilly. Here is an update on this project.