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Hampton Inn Opens Location Near Lake Shore Campus


The Loyola community has a new accommodations choice to consider for guests visiting the University. Hilton’s Hampton Inn-Chicago North/Loyola Station is now open and accepting reservations. Located near the Lake Shore Campus across the street from Campion Hall on Sheridan Road, the hotel is an ideal housing option for those visiting campus for conferences, lectures, athletics events, or other happenings.

The Loyola community can receive a 10% discount using the following:

A few of the Hampton Inn-Chicago North/Loyola Station amenities include:

  • Valet parking
  • Free hot breakfast
  • Fitness center
  • Rooftop terrace with seating and views of Lake Michigan
  • Meeting and event space for up to 40 guests

For more information on the hotel, other amenities, or reservation details, visit the Hampton Inn website or call 312.265.5800.

Students and community members come together for Earth Day 2013

Students and community members come together for Earth Day 2013

Chicago’s chilly spring season didn’t stop our dedicated volunteers from participating in a series of environmentally-themed service projects for our two-part celebration of Earth Day on April 13 and April 20. For this year’s North Lake Shore Earth Day, Loyola Community Relations partnered with 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman, 49th Alderman Joe Moore, Illinois Senator Heather Steans and State Representative Kelly Cassidy, to sponsor a series of hand-on tasks to clean, green and beautify the Rogers Park and Edgewater communities. With the help of over 50 Loyola students and 30 teen volunteers from the organization One with Nature (OWN), we were able to participate in six different Earth Day projects, including gardening at the Vedgewater and Edgewater Gateway community gardens, fence-painting at Cochran Park, trash-removal at the Dunes Restoration Project in Rogers Park and data collection for the 49th Ward’s Recycling Mapping Research Project. These projects proved to be not only a celebration of Earth Day, but also a celebration of community. Loyola Students and local residents of these two communities worked on these projects side by side, fostering a sense of shared responsibility to protect and preserve the neighborhoods in which they both live.

Loyola Community Relations would especially like to thank Act One Pub, for sponsoring this event and hosting our volunteer after party on April 13. We also extend our thanks to Whole Foods Evanston-South, and KIND Food Company, Inc., who generously donated healthy snacks for our Earth Day volunteers.

As Loyola continues to integrate green-conscious programming, projects, and general environmental sustainability awareness into the University's mission, there will be increased opportunities to participate in environmentally-themed projects and learning opportunities taking place on our campus. Stay tuned for Earth Day 2014!

Ramblin' Around Summer Intern

Summer 2014 Ramblin’ Around Project Manager and Advertising Consultant

Type of job: Paid Internship

Hours: 10-15 hours/week

Pay: $1,500 stipend


About the position:

The Ramblin’ Around Guide is a business directory produced by the Department of Community Relations to connect first-year and transfer students with, and increase purchasing and foot traffic in, the larger business community surrounding Loyola’s Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses. The guide is exclusively funded by the advertising sales generated within the guide. Intern works collaboratively with several partners including Business Engagement Intern, University Marketing Communications, Office of Sustainability, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and Rogers Park Business Alliance on content, layout and design features and map designed to educate students while encouraging public, bicycle and pedestrian transportation options. Development and distribution of the guide has a 12-week schedule from late May through August 2013.


Promoting our New Ramblin’ Around Blog

In addition to the printed guide, we will launching the Ramblin Around Blog, which will be linked directly from the Rambler Buzz web app. The new blog will provide updated information regarding students discounts/specials, events, etc. happening the local communities of Rogers Park and Edgewater. The new blog presents an opportunity for local businesses to purchase ad-space and offer special student-oriented promotions. In effect, the blog is designed to support the local business community and encourage LUC students and staff to practice sustainable shopping and dining patterns.


Learning Goals

  • Develop web-management, web-design skill-set
  • Develop digital editing skills (digital files for both print guide and blog).
  • Develop understanding of social media & advertisement interface
  • Develop ability to conduct community outreach.
  • Gain awareness of economic development initiatives.
  • Gain project-management skills; ability to manage print and web publications.
  • Become a Blog Expert!

    *Student will work closely with Community Relations Specialist to ensure learning goals are met.


What we’re looking for:

The ideal candidate will be an extremely effective communicator and display enthusiasm and confidence in-person, on the phone and via email while initiating dialog with new people of varying ages and backgrounds; possess ability to multi-task and prioritize with keen attention to detail; be a team player; be highly self-directed; possess ability to negotiate and problem-solve effectively.


Job Responsibilities:

Working primarily under the direction of the Community Relations Specialist, our intern will have primary responsibility for creation and distribution of Ramblin’ Around Guide to 3,500 incoming freshman and transfer student initiation and outreach. Solicit advertising from local business to fund the cost of publication. Coordinate, organize, and integrate data from multiple sources. Manage on-time production schedule and distribution channels. Update New Ramblin’ Around Blog with events, digital advertisements, and photos. Create calendar for digital advertisements


Job Function:

Sales, Web Development/Design, Advertising, BUS - Marketing, Digital/Social Media, Economic/Community Development, Administrative/Support Services


Skills Required:

• Strong ability to edit for web or print

• Basic knowledge and proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite

• Basic knowledge MS Publisher

• Basic knowledge with print, layout, and design

• Ability to understand Loyola’s web publishing software

• Exceptional time-management skills

• Exceptional customer service skills

• Ability to develop relationships with local business owners


Ramblin' Around Blog Intern

CTA Plaza Part-Time Summer Position

Update on the Improved Pearson Streetscape

Update on the Improved Pearson Streetscape

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:


The improvements so far have consisted of numerous infrastructure and aesthetic elements, included decorative lighting, stamped crosswalks, and new ADA sidewalk ramps:

  • $1MM came from the Clare to help fund this project.
  • Loyola coordinated on the new streetlights and crosswalk design.
  • New curbs, gutters and ADA ramps.
  • “Bump  Out” at the corner of Pearson & State in order to make it safer for pedestrians to cross.
  • Decorative trash cans and planters are coming soon!

Traffic Impacts:

Throughout construction, Pearson Street will remain open to motorists and pedestrians and access to businesses and residences will be maintained. In order to provide a safe construction zone, traffic will be reduced to one lane, and parking will not be allowed in the area of active construction. In addition, there will be periodic parking restrictions on some side streets.

The CTA routes will not be affected. For more information, please call the CTA hotline at: (all Chicagoland area codes) 836.7000.

The Project is scheduled for substantial completion in late fall 2015. Click here to view the full Pearson Streetscape schedule and Pearson Streetscape Flyer from the Chicago Department of transportation.

For additional information, please call the Department of Transportation at 312.744.5900, e-mail cdotnews@cityofchicago.org or visit www.cityofchicago.org/transportation.

School year comes to a close -Student Move out

Each year, more than 4,500 students move out of residence halls at the University’s Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses. Nearly 3,000 other students who rent private apartments also prepare for their summer trip home or, if they are lucky, abroad.

Students typically move out after their last final exam. Final exams begin Monday, April 27 and end Saturday, May 2.

In preparation for the mass exodus, they University takes some important steps to make sure this activity has the least amount of impact to our neighbors.

Lake Shore Campus Move-out Dates and Parking Restrictions
By enforcing parking restrictions, Loyola keeps streets clear for easy and fast loading, without double parking or creating additional traffic congestion. We have worked with our local Alderman and stakeholders to develop a plan that is least impactful.

49th Ward (North of West Sheridan/Devon)
 Wednesday, April 29 – Saturday, May 2 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 Sunday, May 3 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Block Number Street Side Designation
1000-1199 (lake to Sheridan Rd) W. Loyola Avenue South side of street only
1200-1225 (N. Sheridan to Alley) W. Northshore Avenue South side of Street only


48th Ward (South of West Sheridan/Devon)
 Wednesday, April 29 – Saturday, May 2 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 Sunday, May 3 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Block Number Street Side Designation
6200-6299 (Rosemont to Granville) N. Winthrop Avenue West side of street only
6300-6399 (W. Sheridan to Rosemont) N. Winthrop Avenue Both sides of street
1000-1099 (Winthrop to N. Sheridan) W. Rosemont Avenue Both sides of street
6200-6299 (Granville to Rosemont) N. Kenmore Avenue East side of street only

Water Tower Campus (Baumhart Hall)
(same days and times as above)

Wabash (from Chestnut to Pearson) West side of Street only


Neighbors should be aware of “no parking” zones as stated above and avoid parking in these areas during the scheduled days. City of Chicago will ticket and tow cars that remain parked during the designated days and times.

Safety and Security

In an effort to alleviate any congestion and prevent students and their families from parking on private property, campus police officers will be on hand at the following intersections to ensure compliance and a streamlined move-out process:

Rosemont and Kenmore
Sheridan and Northshore

Additionally, residence halls will be beefed up with additional trash receptacles. In partnership with Streets and Sanitation, alleys will be swept clean for debris and trash pick-ups will be increased during this very hectic week.

For questions or concerns related to Lake Shore Campus Move Out, contact the Department of Community Relations at 773-508-7450.

Loyola Continues Successful Partnership with Senn High School


LUC/SENN Partnership – February, 2015

The Senn High School Partnership focuses on three key areas: college admissions and retention, support for Senn academic programs and support for Loyola academic programs. There have been many accomplishments to date, many which are provided below.

College Admissions and Retention

  1. Loyola University Chicago has admitted 49 Senn students to next year’s incoming freshman class.  Of these, 12 have been admitted to Arrupe Junior College, eight have been admitted to the Bridge Program.  In April, Loyola will award five Senn Scholarships on a competitive basis; the scholarships will cover all unmet needs, including on-campus housing.
  2. Recent Senn student applicants and admissions:

Fall 2013 – 11 admits, two enrollees

Fall 2014 – 11 admits, eight enrollees

  • Loyola offered 11 scholarships to cover all unmet needs

Fall 2015 – to date 49 total admits (29 direct, eight bridge, 12 Aruppe)

  • Loyola will offer five Senn Scholars Awards (similar process to Cristo Rey)
  1. Senn graduates at Loyola are receiving support through the Office of First Year Experience intended to ensure academic success and four-year degree completion.  Support includes: a dedicated advisor who meets with each Senn graduate monthly, weekly facilitated study sessions, preferential access to work study and tutoring opportunities, and retreats and special program addressing key skills and knowledge for college success.
  2. Undergraduate admissions provided extra support to Senn seniors including additional information sessions, campus tours, and a workshop discussing successful strategies for admissions and scholarship interviews.

Supporting Senn Academic Programs

  1. Ongoing Loyola involvement across many units – Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Biology, Chemistry, School of Communication, School of Social Work, School of Education, Institute for Environmental Studies, University Libraries, Admissions.
  2. Departments of Biology and Chemistry collaborated to pilot a summer science lab internship program last summer with funds from the National Science Foundation and Loyola University Chicago Provost’s office.  Last summer, three Senn juniors were paid interns in two Loyola science labs, assisting in lab research projects.  Several proposals have been submitted to expand this program to six Senn students on an annual basis.
  3. School of Communication has delivered and started installation of a broadcast studio and digital media lab at Senn.  The equipment, totaling over $30,000, was purchased with a McCormick Foundation Grant.  The studio will serve as the hub for the Digital Journalism program and a new documentary film class to be offered next year.
  4. Senn is a key partner in the School of Education’s Chicago Community Trust “Language Matters” grant project, which provides Senn teachers and administrators with resources, professional development, and cross-school collaboration opportunities to more effectively teach students learning English language.
  5. Building on the IB curriculum, the Pulitzer Center is connecting Senn students via the Everyday Africa program, with an IB school in Mombasa, Kenya.  The Pulitzer Center has also organized four events at Senn where visiting international journalists have met directly with Senn students to discuss their profession and major world events.
  6. Loyola University Chicago libraries hosted a session for approximately 50 Senn students providing an orientation about how to conduct library research. 
  7. Loyola’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability hosted over 70 Senn Global Environmental Studies students for a day in October to meet with undergraduates, hear presentations from faculty, tour the IES facilities, and take part in a Q&A session about careers in Environmental Science.  With support from the IES, Senn has been accepted into the CPS pilot program for school composting, which will be run by Senn students. 
  8. Students from the IB Theory of Knowledge class visited the exhibit “Race: Are We So Different” at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.  They also toured the museum.  The visit was coordinated by the School of Education.  Given Loyola’s support for the exhibit, the museum provided free admission for Senn students and reimbursed the school transportation costs.
  9. Eight Loyola undergraduates serve as volunteer after-school tutors at Senn, and two others have been hired through the Gear Up program. 
  10. Professor Dan Killela and his lab assistants are available to assist Senn science teachers with classroom lab experiments.  Senn teachers have taken up the offer at a rate of roughly once a month since October.
  11. Approximately 250 Senn students have taken Loyola campus tours since June.
  12. With support from Brigid Schultz, Senn is preparing four applications for dual credit recognition from Loyola.  Since Senn is the first CPS school to take part, Dr. Schultz and Principal Lofton have been collaborating to meet the CPS guidelines for dual credit programs.

Senn's support for Loyola Programs

  1. Approximately 50 School of Education students and faculty at Senn throughout the week work directly with faculty and students.
  2. Senn hosted three Loyola student teachers, as well as two more in the current spring semester.


Progress for Schreiber Center and Newcastle Tower

WTC Construction Update

Schreiber School of Business

Construction on the new business school has long been under way. Community Relations’ Summur Roberts spoke with Paul Meyer, the Superintendent, on the progress that has been made on the Schreiber School of Business and what can be expected in the months of construction to come. So far all of the utility work has been completed and the date of the removal of the tower crane is yet to be determined, but is expected to occur in the near future. Scaffolding will remain in the ally until sheathing of the bridge is complete. As of right now and moving forward, construction is focused on completing the roof and exterior frame, as well as installing the elevators. In the next few weeks masonry work will begin, which will definitely lead to more visible progress on the structure. Additionally, windows are anticipated to be in place before January. Meyer is hopeful that the building will be somewhat enclosed by the end of the year. The presence of construction trucks delivering and removing material is to be expected in the neighborhood for the next few months.

State and Chestnut

The neighboring 36-story residential tower from Newcastle is showing similar progress. From now through January, Vince Borovic, the project engineer, anticipates the completion of the structural concrete and steel framing. Work on the enclosing the parking garage will also continue through December. The crane will be lifting cooling and pool equipment to the roof top before its removal at the end of December. Finally, work on interior finishes to apartment units will commence. Once complete, the State and Chestnut apartments will offer luxury in combination with the convenience of its downtown location. Some disruption to the neighborhood, such as trucks coming in and out, is anticipated. Additionally construction on this building will be continued through the weekends.

Blog to Connect Students and Businesses

Community Relations is pleased to announce the launch of the new Ramblin’ Around Blog. The blog went ‘live’ in September and is a student-managed, interactive website linked from the main LUC student portal that allows businesses to ‘feature’ ads, coupons, deals, and specials while allowing for comments and feedback by student patrons.

The blog is an expansion of the Ramblin’ Around Guide. In its tenth year, Ramblin’ Around Guide a printed business directory distributed to all first-year and transfer students as part of their introduction to Loyola’s campus-community. The guide features ad space for purchase by local establishments who wish to market their business to students.

For the second year, Community Relations hosted the Ramblin’ Around Student Dinner Crawl event that took place in September, and had great success with over 800 students visiting 37 local restaurants in Rogers Park and Edgewater. Through the guide, Ramblin’ Around Dinner Crawl, and now the Ramblin’ Around Blog, students are encouraged to patronize local businesses, become familiar with the neighborhoods of campus, and use social media to further create interest and access to local restaurants and stores in the neighborhoods surrounding campus.

Businesses can benefit by using these mediums for exposure to 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Ads are affordable and easily renewable. Community Relations can also assist with design work for an additional fee.

Visit the new blog site here http://blogs.luc.edu/ramblinaround/. Additionally, please visit Community Relations' other social media pages:

To purchase ad space on the new blog, please contact Emily Konchan at ekonchan@luc.edu or Alexis Gwizdak at agwizdak@luc.edu .


About Ramblin’ Around

If you are visiting this page, chances are you are new to the neighborhoods surrounding Loyola’s campuses: Edgewater, Rogers Park, and the Gold Coast. Perhaps you are just looking to experience more of what these vibrant, interesting neighborhoods have to offer. The purpose of this blog is to guide you through these areas and beyond.

Within Edgewater, Rogers Park, and the Gold Coast, you will find welcoming residents and business owners ready to help you discover why these neighborhoods are so great. From all of us, “Welcome to Loyola, we look forward to seeing you ramblin’ around the neighborhood!”


About the Ramblin’ Around Blog

Launched in August 2014, the Ramblin’ Around Blog is part of the Student Business Engagement Project*, which also includes:

1) the Ramblin’ Around Guide: our annual printed publication distributed to all first year and transfer students in the fall

2) the Ramblin’ Around Dinner Crawl: annual dinner crawl where over 1,200 students taste samples from 40 different businesses and restaurants (in partnership with the Office of First Year Advising)

The Ramblin’ Around Blog is run by students, for students. The blog is regularly updated with new advertisements, student discounts, and promotions. It also gives students the opportunity to post pictures and reviews of their favorite places to dine and shop in the neighborhood.


About Community Relations

The Department of Community Relations at Loyola University Chicago serves as Loyola’s connection between the University and surrounding neighborhoods of the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. Community Relations supports and encourages the vitality and sustainability of the neighborhood through building relationships with the City of Chicago, local schools, community policing, block club, chambers of commerce, neighborhood organizations, and non-profits.

*Loyola partners with the Rogers Park Business Alliance and Edgewater Chamber of Commerce for the Student Business Engagement project and related initiatives.

RSVP to Loyola University's Community Holiday Party

Community Action Scholarship

Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., the entire Loyola community, and the host committee invite our neighbors to the Community Holiday Party in the new Arnold J. Damen Student Center. You will not want to miss the party of the year to be held in a new location! Get a look at the brand new Arnold J. Damen Student Center, enjoy tasty, sustainably-made treats, live music performed by local band the T-Byrdz, and make a donation to help a local Edgewater or Rogers Park high school student to attend Loyola!

When: Monday, December 9

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

Where: Arnold J. Damen Student Center 6511 N. Sheridan Road

RSVP to this event

‌Loyola’s Office of Community Relations serves as one of Loyola's connections between the University University and its surrounding neighborhoods. Through a series of partnerships with City of Chicago, local schools, community policing, block clubs, chambers of commerce, neighborhood organizations and nonprofits, our office has demonstrated a commitment to improving vitality and sustainability of our neighborhoods. Acknowledging these partnerships and the long standing relationship Loyola has developed with its community partners, we have created a new Community Action Scholarship fund for Loyola students.  The beneficiary of this scholarship will continue to carry out the mission of Community Relations, by designing and implementing a community-based project that will directly benefit the Rogers Park and/or Edgewater neighborhoods. The recipient of this award will meet some or all of the following criteria:

  • Student is an incoming freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student
  • Student has demonstrated a commitment to leadership, volunteering, and service aimed at  community development (A letter of  recommendation is required from a community or faculty member who served as adviser or otherwise supervised the student in community engagement projects)

Preference will be given to students who:

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Are high school graduates of Nicholas Senn, Roger C. Sullivan High School, Chicago Math and Science Academy or another Chicago Public High School.
  • Are native to Rogers Park and Edgewater
  • Have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. 


Application Process

  • Students will submit a written proposal for a community-based project that directly benefits the Rogers Park and/or Edgewater neighborhoods. Students will include a rationale, budget, and project timeline in this proposal.  Up to $3,000 of this scholarship will go toward the student's tuition, and up to $1,000 of this scholarship will be used to fund the approved community-based project.
  • Students must identify the name of a community or faculty member who will serve as their project advisor.
  • Students are encouraged (but not required) to incorporate this project into their internship, practicum, or as part of their service learning requirement.


*For questions regarding the application for this scholarship, please contact Mary Miro at mmiro@luc.edu.

If you would like to make a gift to the Community Action Scholarship Fund, click here.

How Artists Around the World Picture the Nativity - Coming Soon to LUMA

Art and Fairth of the Creche at LUMA

Image: Mario Mendoza, Argentina (Jujuy), 2009, clay and paint, The James and Emilia Govan Crèche Collection, Loyola University Museum of Art

Looking for some artistic engagement this holiday season? Take a trip to LUMA.

As All that Lies Behind Us, Cosmologies and Ten Thousand Ripples come to a close on November 3, Art and Faith of the Crèche: The Collection of James and Emilia Govan will take their place.

LUMA’s next exhibit will center on the story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. It will focus on global perceptions of the Nativity by artists from countries like Armenia and Zimbabwe. Nativity scenes are illustrated with clothing, architecture and figures from around the globe. The exhibit will open Nov. 23. The opening reception will be held on Dec. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for faculty, staff and students, and $15 for the public.

Spring Thaw Reveals Poop City


Warmer temperatures and melting snow reveal a rather unclean and unsanitary mess on Lake Shore Campus grounds. Many of Loyola's neighbors enjoy walking their pets on and near campus, however some do not curb their dogs, that is, clean up behind them especially when the weather is cold.

While the University understands that the grass and green space is inviting, it is important that a sense of mutual respect and responsibility for maintaining cleanliness in areas shared among our community members. Please bring plastic bags when walking your pet on campus and if needed, use trash cans to properly dispose of waste. This simple practice will keep campus safe and sanitary for everyone who visits.

Kenmore Update: Closure Complete

Kenmore-Sheridan Update


After a long year of planning, designing, meeting with community groups, and gathering feedback the 6300 block of Kenmore Avenue officially closed to traffic on December 5, 2013. 

As the new owner of the property, Loyola University intends to transform the street into a pedestrian and bike- friendly mall complete with 39,000 square feet of environmentally sustainable surfaces, bike lanes, benches, trees and other native plantings. The extension of the campus experience onto this block will compliment the cutting edge research of the new Institute for Environmental Sustainability.

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the planning process for their feedback and patience. Construction of the new campus will take about 10 months and  I look forward  to seeing you at the grand opening next summer.



Summur Roberts
Director of Community Relations




The Future of Storytelling

The Future of Storytelling

In September of 2013, Emmy Award winning Loyola University Professor, Liz Coffman, undertook an inspired project with her graduate Digital Media and Storytelling class in our School of Communication. 

With the help of James Kneen, the Executive Director of The Clare, a residential senior living facility located adjacent to our Water Tower Campus, Professor Coffman’s class recruited four residents to provide their personal life stories for this project. To capture the rich personality and detailed stories of these residents, graduate students in Professor Coffman’s class will conduct a series of video interviews, and then use this footage to put together a brief documentary on each resident.  The residents who have been recruited for this project offer unique socio-cultural perspectives on Chicago history, gender-roles, women’s advocacy initiatives, World War II, and many other topics and historical events.

The graduate students are eager to preserve the stories of these remarkable seniors via a digital media format that can be shared online, and perhaps encourage a younger population to learn about these stories. Through this project, perhaps viewers of these brief documentaries will develop a newfound appreciation for the social and political progress made in the last 50-80 years that affect the lives of younger generations today.  

Shuttle Sign Brings Safety to WTC

Shuttle Sign

Upon the return of the Spring semester, students, faculty, staff and neighbors may have noticed the brand new permanent shuttle loading zone sign at the southwest corner of Wabash and Pearson Street. This little addition to Wabash is already making loading safer and more effective, and Sister Jean Schmidt gives it two emphatic thumbs up.
It is hard to believe that something so simple, and needed, could take nearly two years, the continuous help of the Alderman, Chicago Department of Transportation, a city liaison, and countless meeting, emails and phone calls from Community Relations to accomplish.
This small sign has helped to alleviate congestion caused by standing vehicles who obstruct the parkway. Often, these drivers intend to run in purchase items from local businesses.  However, these drivers unintentionally create difficulty for buses to access the curb lane which causes students to load or unload in the street and causes congestion through the intersection at Pearson.
Sister Jean, who faithfully monitors the loading and unloading of students, would often personally ask vehicles to move if she noticed the driver was present. As polite and sweet as she is, no one dare refuse her request.
The new sign makes a much needed impact with fewer cars attempting to stand there. According to Summur Roberts, director of Community Relations, "We are so thankful to Alderman Brendan Reilly, his staff and our contacts at the City for moving this forward, and to Sister Jean for her unwavering commitment to the safety of our students!"

Green Lobby Day 2014

Green Lobby Day 2014

Photo courtesy of ProgressIllinois.com.

Loyola University’s Office of Community Relations and the Institute for Environmental Sustainability partner with our local organizations Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project, Illinois Environmental Council and others to plan the inaugural Green Lobby Day in Springfield, Illinois.
Loyola Students will team up with local residents of Edgewater and Rogers Park to engage with Illinois legislators and advocate for a series of environmentally-focused legislative measures, including a bill that would ensure the state’s continued investment in renewable energy sources, and bill that would support the investment in clean water infrastructure. Students will also encourage the Illinois General Assembly to vote in support of a bill that will properly manage pollution from major carbon sources by instituting a carbon cap. Through this event, Loyola students will be learn how to be an environmental advocate and bridge knowledge in the classroom with legislative priorities as part of the Institute for Environmental Sustainability's larger advocacy and policy focus.
Students will join with community members to take part in larger conversations regarding green policies on a state and national level.
To sign up for Green Lobby Day visit: http://luc.edu/greenlobbyday/ 
For more information about this event, or to participate, please contact communityrelations@luc.edu.

North Lake Shore Earth Day 2014!

North Lake Shore Earth Day 2014!
Calling all gardeners, painters, and environmentally-conscious residents of Edgewater and Rogers Park! It’s that time of year again to green and beautify our two communities in celebration of Earth Day.
Given the success of last year’s North Lake Shore Earth Day, Loyola Community Relations will partner with Aldermen Joe Moore and Harry Osterman, Illinois Senator Heather Steans, and State Representative Kelly Cassidy, for a second time to sponsor a series of hands-on projects to clean, green, and enhance public spaces in Edgewater and Rogers Park. Similar to last year’s event, North Lake Shore Earth Day will focus on direct student service engagement with the surrounding community, providing a positive impact on the neighborhoods, and fostering healthy student–neighbor relations.
Loyola’s North Lake Shore Earth Day 2014 event will take place on April 26ththwhere students and local residents will partake in hands-on service projects to support green efforts in the 48th and 49thWards. In addition, North Lake Shore Earth Day 2014 will coincide with the City of Chicago’s Clean & Green, which means all hands will be on deck to participate at variety of project sites. Projects will range from light gardening and garden-bed construction to litter-removal and fence-painting!
We extend our thanks to Whole Foods Market [Evanston-South], and KIND Food Company, Inc., who are generously donating healthy snacks for our Earth Day volunteers!
Visit http://luc.edu/earthday/ for registration details!
For more information or to register for an event, please contact communityrelations@luc.edu.

Students Return to Campus, Parking Restrictions in Place

Student Move-in 2014

Volunteers Assist with Move-in


As we enter into the last months of summer, Loyola University Chicago is preparing for the 2014-2015 Academic Year.  The university will welcome 4100 new and returning students. Move-in activities will take place at the Lake Shore Campus on Monday, August 18 and Sunday, August 24, 2014.

 Friday, Loyola will host freshman convocation and no move-in will take place. Neighbors should take note of the days and times during which the City has provided a permit to designate “no parking” on area streets to facilitate move in the attached PDF.  This will help university staff accommodate the families and students that will be unloading cars and moving trucks. Each student has received a move-in time slot and will receive a color-coded placard  to display in their car window to help facilitate traffic flow. During Tuesday, August 19. Loyola Avenue will be a one-way westbound.

Thanks to helpful feedback from local residents and community leaders, Loyola has reduced the overall number of streets and amount of days with parking restrictions to alleviate strain on street parking. Any vehicle parked in no parking zones will be ticketed and towed.

Many upper-class students rent apartments in the area that are not operated by the university. While the University does not make special arrangements for these moves, Community Relations has requested a special attention to no-parking areas around Loyola University with Streets and Sanitation. The requested attention includes Loyola, Albion, Arthur, Northshore, Columbia, Wayne, Lakewood, Kenmore, and Winthrop.  Student cars illegally parked in tow-zones, blocking fire hydrants, or blocking driveways and alleys will also be ticketed and towed. 


 If you have any questions, need any further information, or experience any undue hardships relating to move-in, please, do not hesitate to contact the department of Community Relations at 773.508.7450 or email communityrelations@luc.edu . If you would like regular updates from Loyola, join the e-blast by sending an email and like us on facebook! Facebook.com/luccommunityrelations

 Loyola Move-in 2014 2.0 

Students Ask for Divvy Stations Near Campus

Divvy update

Students and neighbors are pining for Divvy Bicycle Stations in the neighborhood, and they let Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) know last month.

Representatives from Metro Strategies, Inc, consultants for Divvy and CDOT came to Loyola’s community holiday party at the Damen Student Center to gain feedback on locations for Divvy stations in December 2013. They returned in January to spend an afternoon talking to the student population.

More than 100 residents and students suggested site options during Divvy’s outreach, and 17 different stations were suggested. Divvy tallied most suggestions to CTA stations near campus, including the Loyola and Granville CTA Red Line stations.

Divvy is a new bike sharing system featuring thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations from Andersonville to Hyde Park, available 24/7, 365 days a year. Each station has a touchscreen kiosk, station map, and a docking system that releases bikes using a member key or ride code. You must be 16 years or older to ride Divvy.

Divvy has also recently re-launched the “suggest a station” feature on its website. The company currently has 300 stations across Chicago, but plans to add 175 this year. Help Divvy decide where to install new stations by suggesting a site in your neighborhood!  


WTC Construction Update

WTC Construction Update


The building continues to go vertical. Crew is continuing floor-by-floor concrete work on the site through 2015. The North barricade and fence has been relocated to the parking lane of Chestnut per the approved site logistics plan and permit. Foot traffic is diverted to the north side of Chestnut Street.

School of Business:

Northside of Pearson Street park lane from 0–18 East is obstructed for the remainder of the project. The demolition of 16 E. Pearson will be completed over the next two weeks through mid-September.

The site will be coordinating water and sewer connections through the Chicago Department of Water. Once the project receives its board of underground approval, the planned excavation will take place. Loyola will work with the water department to determine which properties will be affected for communication and scheduling of water shut off to complete the tie-in.

Weekend work: Both Newcastle and Loyola intend to work Saturday between the hours of 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., weather permitting. The sites will not operate Sunday, August 31 or Monday, September 1.

Power and Newcastle will continue to work with Loyola to prepare and send e-blasts to immediate neighbors and our Aldermen when late evening work is expected.

For more information, contact:

Summur Roberts
Director of Community Relations
Loyola University Chicago
Phone: 773.508.7450

Luau With Loyola Neighbors and Students

Student Neighbor Meet and Greet 2014



 It’s that time of year again for the annual Student Neighbor Meet and Greet in its new location - Loyola Station CTA Plaza.


Rogers Park and Edgewater neighbors, and the off-campus Loyola student community will gather for  a fun, luau-themed night of circus arts, music, games, and more. Guests will enjoy delicious multi-ethnic cuisine from an assortment of local restaurants, and sweet treats from local bakeries. Thursday, August 28, 6:30 p.m., Loyola CTA Plaza - 6550 N Sheridan Road.

Featured at this year’s event will be family-friendly activities such as face-painting, art-projects, a magic show, and a cake-walk. Loyola University Chicago strongly supports the continued growth and development of our home communities in Rogers Park and Edgewater.

Through the Student Neighbor Meet & Greet, and other programming sponsored by Loyola’s Office of Community Relations and Off-Campus Student Life, we support the integration of students into our diverse neighborhood, encourage their patronage of a thriving local business community, provide them with civic engagement opportunities, and assist in their transition to living off campus. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Student-Neighbor Meet and Greet
When: Thursday, August 28, 2014 | 6:30– 8:30 PM
Where: Loyola CTA Plaza, 6550 North Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60626

(Adjacent to Redline “L” Stop)

 Audience: Upper-class and Transfer students who rent private apartments off-campus and non-student community neighbors. Local elected officials and Chicago Police officers will also be in attendance. 

R.S.V.P.:  Please R.S.V.P to communityrelations@luc.edu

For questions, contact Mary Miro, Community Relations Specialist at 773-508-7436

Polar Palooza to Feature Crafts, Activities, Local Vendors, and Live Music

Community Relations Presents Polar Palooza

Loyola University Chicago to Co-Host Community Winter Festival

Polar Palooza to Feature Crafts, Activities, Local Vendors, and Live Music

To kick off the holiday season, Loyola University Chicago, Rogers Park Business Alliance, and Sheridan Road SSA are co-hosting the inaugural Polar Palooza, a two-day outdoor winter festival, at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus for Chicago’s north side.

Attendees of all ages can enjoy food from local restaurants, live music, face painting, holiday cookie decorating, a cocoa bar, character meet-and-greets, shopping with local vendors, and more.

In place of event admission, attendees are encouraged to donate canned food items benefitting Edgewater’s Care for Real Food Pantry. Activity tickets will be available for $5 per person and will provide access to crafts, ice skating on a synthetic rink, and unlimited holiday movies at the local cinema, The New 400 Theaters.

Volunteers are needed for the event please register for volunteer slots.
Please click the link to register: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0F45A4AF23A13-polar


Saturday, December 6
Noon – 10 p.m.

Sunday, December 7
Noon – 9 p.m.


The Loyola Plaza
6550 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626


Participating Restaurants


Genoa Concessions

Hard Water Bar and Grill

JB Alberto's

Mayne Stage/Act One

Rogers Park Social


2014 Music Line Up

Saturday, December 6th

STACHE 8pm-10pm

Ear Candy 6pm-7:30pm

Blue Shag 4pm-5:30pm

Lost at Land 2pm-3:30pm

Ryan Westwood Guitar 12pm-1:30pm

 Sunday, December 7th

T-Byrdz 7pm-9pm

Urban Rhythm 5pm-6:30pm

Joyce Renee & the JK Connection 3pm-4:30pm

Cheryl and The Dynamics 1:30pm-2:30pm

Grace Affie 12:00pm – 1:00pm



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Ireland's Grand Opening is a Slam-Dunk


Loyola Limited’s student-led business enterprise launched its newest business: Ireland’s Pub.

Located in the lower level of the Damen Student Center at 6511 N Sheridan Road, Ireland’s offers delicious food as well as beer and wine options for patrons over the age of 21.

The Ireland’s team hosted a VIP grand opening Thursday, November 13. The maroon and gold balloon arch framing the door way denounced that something exciting was awaiting guests inside. Nearly forty guests gathered to celebrate the opening of the newest business to join the Loyola Limited family.

As the evening commenced, words of gratitude were spoken by Max Timm, a senior student and president of Ireland’s. Wayne Magdziarz, vice president of Capital Planning, also spoke at the event congratulating the students for such a successful endeavor and launch. Additionally, Alderman Moore offered supportive words to the students and spoke about their professionalism and determination to make Ireland’s a reality.

The Ireland’s leadership team is comprised of Max Timm, president of Ireland’s; Alyssa Mauk, Finance; Brennen Regnier, vice president of Operations; and Anthony Paladino, Finance. All are scheduled to graduate in May, 2015.

Ireland’s is named for George Ireland, winning coach who led Loyola to the state’s only national championship in 1963. Pat Schultz, assistant director of Athletics read an inspirational letter by Ireland’s daughter Judy van Dyck.

Guests were invited to sample house-made menu items and hand-selected brews. Favorites were the specialty sandwiches and gourmet hot dogs.

The beverages on the menu include Shiner Bock, Bud-Lite, and Rambler IPA from Goose Island. Red and white wine round out the selections.

A student run bar on campus sounds controversial, but the Ireland’s team is taking every precaution to make sure that they maintain a safe environment in which responsible drinking is practiced and proper identification measures are taken very seriously. The following day Ireland’s opened publicly to all of the university and community in the fashion of a sports pep-rally that would have made George Ireland proud. The Ireland’s team is extremely pleased with the success of both openings and can only hope for the same sort of success moving forward.

800 Students Unleashed: Ramblin' Around

800 Students Unleashed: Ramblin

‌Last week, over 800 first-year students set out on a quest for tasty Roger’s Park and Edgewater bites. Little did they know, they would be embarking on a multicultural adventure traversing between four different ‘L’ stops in two of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods.

From Bryn Mawr to Howard along the Red Line, students nibbled on foods from 37 local restaurants over the course of three days. As they discovered new businesses, students were encouraged to take pictures of their culinary exploits and post them on social media with the hashtag #ramblinaround.

Students were able to sample foods from all around the world without even leaving the Rogers Park-Edgewater community. Thai, Mexican, Vietnamese, and Ethiopian were just some of the flavors offered throughout the evenings. Some well-loved restaurants that participated were Ethiopian Diamond, Heartland Café, Lickity Split, and Uncommon ground. Community Relations was also excited to introduce several new local restaurants into the mix: Maddiebird Bakery and Philly’s Best.

Through this experience, students learned to navigate the CTA and local business districts by foot. After all of the walking students were able to refuel with coffee and tea from Ellipsis, Royal Coffee, Sol Café and Metropolis.

The event coincided with the fall launch of Community Relation’s new student blog called “Ramblin Around.” The blog serves to better connect students with the local businesses community, through advertisements by local establishments, maps, and great discounts at local businesses!

LUREC: Falling Forward

LUREC: Falling Forward


Recently, Dr. Roberta “Bobbie” Lammers-Campbell spoke excitedly with a student, Emma Currens, about the restoration activity at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC). Dr. Lammers-Campbell said that Loyola’s ecologists are working towards reverting the LUREC grounds to their original ecological state through revitalization of the lake on the property. She explained that 90% of Illinois’ wetlands are depleted, which causes a threat to the ecology of the state and to the campus. Dr. Lammers-Campbell is pursuing a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service that will allow her and her team to completely remove the invasive buckthorn, which is toxic to the lake’s frogs, and also allow them to create a visitors’ boardwalk around the wetland.

LUREC’s prairie, which dates back to pre-European settlement, is also getting attention from ecologists and students. For the last several years, prairie volunteers have been working several times a month on controlled burns, tree planting, and trail forging. Prairie “Restoration Days” give students and volunteers hand-on experience with the flora while bettering the environment. Over 75 new oak trees and a newly marked trail with signage allow neighbors and visitors to enjoy the serene environment without trampling the plants. The waste from prairie restoration is burned, and researchers, led by Nancy Tuchman, Ph.D., are developing ways to recycle the burned waste into bio-fuel.

Dr. Lammers-Campbell is optimistic that both the restoration of the wetland and the transformation of the prairie will improve the ecological condition and create a peaceful oak savannah.

Harvesting Food and the New Chef

In September, everyone watched Chef Scott Cummings take his winning bows on Hell’s Kitchen, leaving LUREC’s Duchossois Food Systems Lab and Kitchen in the hands of the new head chef, John Schnupp. Since that time, Chef John and the Loyola farmers have been hard at work, planting carrots, parsnips, spinach, and arugula in the hoop-houses and greenhouse. He has also been making sure that every one of the 5,000 pounds of fresh produce from the season’s harvest is prepared for the upcoming winter. Chef has stocked the pantry with various pasta sauces, fermented cabbage, hearty root vegetables and squash.


LUREC would love to have you visit! Fall is the perfect time to gather with friends at LUREC’s new state of the art Duchossois Food Systems Lab and Kitchen. Sign up for classes or schedule a workshop here. Want to get your hands dirty? LUREC holds Restoration Days, open to everyone, twice a month. Find out more here.

Save the Date for Earth Day 2015!


The departments of Community Relations, Government Relations and Institute of Environmental Sustainability in partnership with the Illinois Environmental Council are hosting a day of lobbying at the State Capitol in Springfield, IL.

Loyola Students and community members are invited to join this unique opportunity to engage with legislators to lobby for several bills proposing legislation that will enhance the environmental infrastructure in Illinois.

Participation in the event is FREE  for students and all participants and includes transportation and meals. The day will begin at 6:00 AM and return to Loyola's Lake Shore Campus at approximately 9:00 PM on Wednesday April 22nd. If you plan to attend, but do not plan to take the bus, contact Mary Miro at mmiro@luc.edu or 773-508-7450 to communicate your plans. 

In addition to Green Lobby Day, there will be other Earth Day events in the month of April that students as well as community members can participate in. 

Introducing the St. Ignatius Community Plaza


Results for the “Name Kenmore” contest are in and the street formerly known as Kenmore Avenue will now be called St. Ignatius Community Plaza. While the initial suggestion was simply St. Ignatius Plaza, the name has been slightly amended by the University and its president and CEO, Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., in order to be more inclusive of Loyola’s relationship with its host communities. We congratulate, and thank, Shireeta Allen for suggesting the winning name.

The contest generated more than 200 nominations, which were eventually narrowed to three finalists. Voting determined the winning name. The contest was announced in August at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new space—one of learning, sharing, relationship building, and most importantly, community.

Several events will be held at the St. Ignatius Community Plaza, with the first one scheduled for May 30, 2015. A fair will showcase the work of a partnership between Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts and Edgewater-based PIVOT Arts. The organization has been in residence at the University’s Mundelein Center since 2013. After that, Loyola students, neighborhood residents, and guests can look forward to an outdoor movie in the summer of 2015, and an environmentally themed October Fest in the fall. Both events will be held in partnership with 48th ward Alderman Harry Osterman, The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, and the Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project.

“Summer on the Plaza” at Loyola Station

Loyola Summer on the Plaza


CHICAGO, IL (June 9, 2014) Loyola University Chicago, announces “Summer on the Plaza” at the Loyola Red Line Station Plaza, 6550 N Sheridan Road.

Exciting programs will run June 9 through October and feature Loyola Student Farmers Market, local musical acts, ice cream socials, performance groups, group exercise dance and a variety of programs for children and families.

Summer on the Plaza launches in partnership with Rogers Park Business Alliance and Sheridan Road Special Service Area.

“The new plaza opened in August 2013 and created a dynamic atmosphere for this kind of partnership to foster a vibrant sense of place, support the continued economic development in the area while highlighting the talent of artists and professionals in the surrounding community,” according to Summur Roberts, Director of Community Relations.

The program schedule includes the Loyola Farmers Market on Mondays from 3:00-7:00 PM with local vendors offering sustainably raised produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, seasonal jams, and more. Thursday and Friday evenings will showcase performance art and music. Saturday mornings will feature fitness and family friendly programs. Confirmed acts featured include:  Magister Freud, Pieptone, Lunar Moo, Blue Shag and Urban Rhythm. Saturday mornings will feature interactive puppet shows, Chicago Math and Science Academy Art, Wheel Jam,  ChainLinks’ Satellite Bike Clinics, group fitness offered by Edgewater Athletic Club and much more.

The programming is in accordance with the vision and goals for the corridor by Alderman Joe Moore, Rogers Park Business Alliance and SSA Commissioners. “With Loyola and the Sheridan Road Special Service Area’s financial and programmatic support, this initiative creates a destination for local residents and visitors. The ‘buzz’ will draw culture-seekers to the southeast corner of Rogers Park, with its beautiful public beaches and great restaurants and coffee shops,” according to Sandi Price, executive director, Rogers Park Business Alliance.

Students will also appreciate these programs throughout the summer and when they return in the fall. According to Sean Connolly, SSA Commissioner, Loyola staff member and alum, “this kind of programming is exactly what students look for when seeking out entertainment options and speaks to what I was looking for throughout my four years as an undergraduate.”

For the schedule of events, click on the Summer on the Plaza Flyer.

 About Rogers Park Business Alliance: Rogers Park Business Alliance leads the way in showing the City of Chicago and the nation that balanced development is possible. Rogers Park will be the model for an advanced and sophisticated form of community development that values diversity, has defined it, planned for it and achieved development projects that serve all constituencies. Rogers Park will be a destination for people who seek a harmoniously diverse neighborhood, rich in arts and culture, in which to live, work, play and raise a family. Located on the far north side of Chicago near Evanston, Rogers Park offers complete access to mass transit, top educational institutions, Lake Michigan beaches, full recreational amenities and a diversity of businesses and people.



Artisan Market Streeterville Back for its Fifth Year


Newman Necklace

JeweleryArtisan Market Streeterville, sponsored by SOAR (Streeterville Organization of Active Residents) is bringing unique, artisan goods back for its fifth year. This Artisans’ Market holds a variety of high standard handmade and homemade items that have been marked one of a kind.

The Market will offer food, gifts and other artifacts to take home and enjoy.

The Artisan Market Streeterville will be held on Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ryan Atrium in the Northwestern University Lurie Research Center, 303 E. Superior Street. Admission is free and discounted parking will be offered two blocks south of Superior at 321 E. Erie Street. Click this link to view the SOAR Poster.

Water Tower Campus Move-in and Block Party

Raymond C. Baumhart Hall

Loyola University is excited to welcome back students to the Water Tower Campus. There are many activities planned to get students safely moved in and acclimated to campus life.


We will be welcoming 400 students as they move into Raymond C. Baumhart Hall at 26 E. Pearson.  Please take note of the following days and times during which the City has provided a permit to obstruct meters on the north side of Pearson Street.  This will help us accommodate the families and students that will be unloading cars and moving trucks.

Move-in activities have moved to Pearson Street from Chestnut in previous years due to the construction taking place on Chestnut. The north side of Pearson between State and Wabash will be used for safe unloading of students and their vehicles for access to Baumhart Hall. As always, the Campus Safety officers will be on hand to direct traffic. Vehicles are given a 15-minute unloading window and are quickly directed to nearby parking garages.

The table below reflects days and times activities will take place.

Sunday, August   18
Grad Students and Volunteers – 120 Students

10:00 AM-2:15PM

1-26 E Pearson   (northside only)

Tuesday, August 20:

Undergrad Students –   245 students

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

1-26 E Pearson   (northside only)


Block Party:

The annual Fall Block Party is scheduled for Thursday, August 29, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  The event welcomes students, staff and faculty to the new school year. Loyola is permitted to close Pearson Street from State Street to Wabash Avenue and Wabash from Chicago Avenue to Chestnut Street from 6:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Please plan accordingly.

I would like to thank you sincerely for your patience throughout the move-in and block party processes each year.  If you should have any questions, comments or concerns during move-in, please feel free to speak to any staff member on site or call me directly at 773-508-7453 or at srober6@luc.edu

Loyola Welcomes its Largest Freshman Class

Students Move Back to Campus

Volunteers assist with move-in activities


Loyola Move-in Schedule 2013


In the coming weeks, Loyola will welcome a little over 4500 on-campus and several hundred off-campus student residents to Rogers Park/Edgewater and the Gold Coast. As you are very much aware, the arrival of new students and the return of upper-class students bring with it both the excitement and energy of a new academic year as well as the well-known headaches of getting them all moved-in during a short period of time.

Despite the large number of students expected, the University has worked hard to minimize the impact move-in has on our surrounding neighbors. Loyola has streamlined its parking requests to reduce the number of hours each year based on student/parent behavior.  We are reducing our overall no-parking requests by 5% for 2013 despite a 33% increase in student population. We will continue to find ways to REDUCE neighborhood impact in as many ways as we possibly can.

Lake Shore Campus

Move-in for Lake Shore Campus will span six days: Monday, August 19 - Thursday, August 22 and Saturday, August 24 - Sunday, August 25.

  • San Francisco Hall and di Nobili Hall students will move in off the 6300 block of Kenmore.
  • Loyola Avenue will become a temporary one-way westbound on Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 21.
  • Bellarmine Hall (Northshore and Sheridan) will move in off Northshore between Sheridan and the alley to the west.
  • Campus Safety will be on hand to direct cars and traffic.

Water Tower Campus

Move-in for Water Tower Campus will span two days: Sunday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 20.

  • Move-in will take place on the north-side of Pearson Street between State Street and Wabash Avenue.
  • Construction of Quinlan School of Business will not be impeded by move-in activities.
  • Campus Safety will be on the street to direct cars and traffic.



Loyola Move-in Schedule 2013

Get Your Challenge On at LUREC

LUREC Challenge Course

Challenge Course Zip Line

Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus – located in Woodstock, Illinois – features 100 acres of prairies, savannas, woodlands, wetlands, and ponds.  Its natural environment fosters spiritual growth, leadership, and community through a multitude of activities. Visitors can try their hand at the outdoor challenge and ropes course, participate in a farm workshop, or feast on a farm dinner. Visitors are even encouraged to take a peek at Loyola’s Student Farm – a student-run business that promotes healthy ecological relationships. This summer is a great time to get involved with LUREC. Keep reading for some reasons why!

The Retreat and Ecology Campus’ Challenge Course Program offers adventure education at its very best. The challenge course staff works with each group to custom design experiences that fulfill specific learning outcomes. Groups are presented with problem-solving initiatives and led through low and high ropes elements. The challenge course also features a rock-climbing tower, a zip line, jump poles, and more. LUREC’s challenge course is one of the most extensive and exciting in the region and available for groups of 12-100+ participants.

To learn more, contact Challenge Course Coordinator, Eric Howden at ehowden@luc.edu or 815.338.1032.

Climbing Wall


Sent by Eric Howden

Students Build a Sustainable Tomorrow

Biodiesel Program Wins Federal Grant

Biodiesel Production on Campus

The Biodiesel Program was founded, expanded, and continues based on the hard work of dedicated undergraduate students seeking a deeper engagement with the systems at play outside of the controlled environment of the university.

 The projects in the program require students to incorporate scientific, business, social, and practical hands-on skills in order to not only assess, but implement solutions to pressing environmental issues. Loyola’s program is the only, school-based operation that is licensed to produce and sell biodiesel in the United States.

 The Program holds itself to the same standards that a fully independent business would while simultaneously challenging students to seek magis.

 The Latin term for “the more”, seeking the magis requires vigilance regarding energy consumption, the production of waste products, dissemination of  information beyond our institution.. To this end students have:

  • Researched zero-waste biodiesel production that utilizes all of the glycerin and wash water created during the process; built a business plan that allows the Biodiesel Program to fund itself while serving others;
  • Helped hundreds of high school teachers introduce biodiesel and environmental sustainability into their curriculum; and
  • Collaborated with dozens of universities to expand this same model across the United States.

Not only does the program aim to be an example of sustainable education in action, it aims to demonstrate that well planned, conscientious businesses can thrive in a commodity economy by looking beyond a single product, a single system, or a single outcome and instead strive for magis.

 This program was built by and continues to be pioneered by Loyola undergraduate students who benefit enormously from hands-on, real world, green business operations. It works hard to expand access to methods through extensive outreach with high schools across the country, local not-for-profit companies, and small business owners. The research on sustainable biodiesel production benefits the production community and adds to basic knowledge. Finally, the program benefits society by increasing the availability and awareness of renewable products (fuel, soap, etc) made from traditional waste products.
Student Collaborators- Dr. David Crumrine, Shane Lishawa, Lane Vail, 25 Student Fellowships and over 100 S.T.E.P. Students since 2007

EPA Grant:
A team of students from Loyola University Chicago has been awarded a People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for developing a more natural way to reuse water from biodiesel production.

The P3 Award is a multi-phase grant program that invests in sustainable solutions to environmental problems. The Loyola team presented "From Pollution to Possibility: A Sustainable and Interdisciplinary Solution to Biodiesel Production Wastewater" at the EPA’s P3 award competition in Washington, DC. They were awarded a $90,000 grant to further research and implement the program.

This is the second time Loyola has been awarded a P3 Award. The first grant, awarded in 2008, was used to establish Loyola’s biodiesel program, which turns cafeteria vegetable oil waste into biofuel.

“We are combating climate change and reducing our carbon footprint with our biodiesel program,” said Zach Waickman, Loyola’s biodiesel lab manager and mentor of the P3 Award team. “The process, however, creates a byproduct that contains methanol, potassium soaps, and free fatty acids. With this grant we can now find a way to sustainably use this byproduct.”

This year’s competition featured approximately 300 students showcasing their sustainable projects. A panel of judges convened by the American Association for the Advancement of Science recommended the winners out of 45 teams following two days of judging. Loyola was one of six universities and colleges to receive the coveted P3 Award. Other schools included University of Massachusetts Lowell, Radford University, San Jose State University, Georgia Southern University, and Cornell University.

Loyola’s P3 team is made up of three faculty/staff mentors and five undergraduates who range in grade level from freshman to senior and are majoring in subjects from physics to English. The students are part of Loyola’s Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) courses, which are part of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability and bring together students, faculty, staff, and community mentors to engage in interdisciplinary discussion and action around issues of environmental sustainability.

Written by David Treering

Special Workshop: How to Save Seeds

LUREC Workshop: How to Save Seeds

Learn to Save Seeds at LUREC

On Saturday, August 24th, LUREC in Bull Valley, Illinois  is offering a special workshop: “How to Save Seeds and Community Exchange.” Seed saving can make a garden self-sufficient and is a great way to pick the preferred vegetables and replant the seeds the following year. Participants will gain hands-on experience with seed selection, collection, cleaning, and storing. They will also have the opportunity to trade seeds with local community members. Admission is $15, and the workshop is from 1-3 p.m.

For more information on the challenge course, summer workshops, and updates on the student farm, please visit LUC.edu/retreatcampus or blogs.luc.edu/farm.

Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 Country Club Road
Bull Valley, IL

Written by Eric Howden

Dine the Redline at the Student Dinner Crawl

Student Dinner Crawl

The Student Dinner Crawl is this Tuesday. Grab your $7 from the Damen Center info desk!

Dine the Redline for only $7 this Tuesday! Give your taste buds a treat and come out to try 22 different restaurants across four ‘L’ stops! You can support local businesses while connecting with your neighbors and taking advantage of your UPASS.

Buy three tickets and can get the fourth ticket FREE. That’s not all- you have a chance to win prizes, too! Students who arrive at the event first will receive an awesome dinner crawl T Shirt. Students who get their passport ticket stamped at all 22 restaurants will be entered to win $200 worth of raffle prizes!

  • Date & Time: September 10th, from 4-8pm ( Registration/Check-in located in Damen)
  • Students can arrive at the event registration anytime from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Tickets: $7 each, but if you buy 3 you get the 4th ticket free (4 tickets for 21 bucks)
  • Tickets will be sold at the Damen Center Info Desk.

Institute of Environmental Sustainability Opens on Campus

IES opening

On September 6, Loyola University Chicago celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting for its newest project, the Institute for Environmental Sustainability.

Loyola’s president, Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. joined Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, State Senator Heather Steans, State Representative Kelly Cassidy, Alderman Joe Moore, Alderman Harry Osterman , the university’s Board of Trustees and hundreds of faculty, staff, and community members for the ribbon cutting and blessing at noon followed by a reception and open house later that evening.

The Institute is the University’s most ambitious effort yet to confront today’s environmental challenges.  Loyola’s commitment to educating young people in innovative ways to prepare them for the future is something members of the Society of Jesus have done for hundreds of years. With natural resources under threat, Loyola is answering the call to action to restore the relationship with creation.

The building is impressive in scale and function, combining academics and research with sustainable agriculture and community living. This new facility includes clean energy and biodiesel production labs, two aquaponics systems, an Ecodome, classrooms, and a 410-bedroom residence hall. The institute’s sustainable features include the largest geothermal heating and cooling installation in Chicago, rainwater harvesting, and high-efficiency heat-recovery technology.

Loyola’s Biodiesel Program is the only school-based operation licensed to produce and sell biodiesel in the United States. It is run entirely by students (with the help of one staff member) and is financially self-sufficient.

The aquaponics systems blends fish farming with soil-free agriculture to create a sustainable food production system. In the set-up at the institute, fish live in water tanks on the bottom level, while plants grow in trays on top.

More than attractive and shiny, the Ecodome is a soaring glass ceiling that wraps around the institute and serves multiple purposes:

  • It ventilates the building;
  • Collects rainwater; and
  • Provides plenty of natural light for the plants growing inside the dome.

At 500 ft below ground, the earth’s temperature remains about 58° year-round in Chicago. This constant temperature is at the core of the geothermal system that heats and cools the institute. The 91-well system—the largest of its kind in Chicago—is extremely efficient, cutting the building’s heating and cooling costs by 30 percent.

Speaker Madigan , Alderman Osterman, Loyola president Michael Garanzini, S.J. and Nancy Tuchman, founding director of the institute took the podium to reflect upon  Loyola University Chicago’s  investment in a sustainable future.

Academic program areas include:  Biodiesel production, Urban Agriculture, Organic Student Farm, Composting and Recycling, Water Conservation, Farmers Market, Research and Transportation.

In addition to robust academic programming, the Institute features Engrained Café. Managed by Aramark, this café features sustainably grown foods sourced within 150 miles of campus. It is open to the public.

For more information about the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, visit their website.

Alderman Approves Permanent Closure of Kenmore

Alderman Approves Permanent Closure of Kenmore

For the better part of two years, the Department of Campus and Community Planning has been working towards the goal of an expanded south campus through the vacation of 6300 N Kenmore Avenue. Through this expansion, Loyola would develop a sustainability corridor or “people street” that would bring the elements of Loyola’s newest addition, Institute for Environmental Sustainability, to the public realm for all to enjoy and appreciate.

The IES will be an innovative, interactive and adaptable sustainable living and learning environment; and provide both a prototype and a demonstration of the opportunities for innovation and integration that an urban academic/residential setting provides. The development of the outdoor corridor allows Loyola to share sustainable learning and green amenities with its students and neighbors to include:

  • Bike Lane
  • Maps
  • Passive park space and play fields
  • Bench seating
  • Outdoor cafe
  • Rain Garden
  • Butterfly sanctuary
  • Shade trees
  • Native landscape
  • Educational signage
  • North-south gateways
  • Emergency access routes

On Thursday, July 18, Alderman Harry Osterman held a final public meeting, after a series of meetings hosted by Loyola, Association of Sheridan Condominium Owners, and North Edgewater Beach Association to explain the project to surrounding neighbors and property-owners and gather critical feedback. 

The vast majority of attendees wholeheartedly endorsed the project and the overall positive improvements Loyola’s investments in Edgewater have garnered the neighborhood over the last 10 years including the removal of the Wincrest Nursing Home, Lakeside Boarding House, , creation of Satellite Safety Office on Granville, and conversion of former badly maintained buildings into student resident halls.

Traffic and parking concerns were a major element of concern for members of the community and the University was asked to address these concerns in its proposal. As part of the traffic study conducted prior to Kenmore’s closure in 2011, Loyola committed to reducing the additional traffic east of Kenmore in the alley by installing rubber speed humps and repaving the alley.

Additionally, the university has committed to re-opening the street to traffic during the Sheridan Road sewer, water and resurfacing project to alleviate the traffic congestion. Speeding traffic has increased considerably since Kenmore re-opened on August 5 and Loyola is working with Chicago Department of Transportation to identify solutions to traffic calming, including installing speed bumps on the 6300 block of Kenmore to ensure pedestrian safety.


Finally, to address neighbor’s concerns for deficiencies in street parking availability, Loyola is working on two separate initiatives. First, through our partnership with Sacred Heart Schools, Loyola is identifying parking near the school to provide additional spaces for Sacred Heart faculty and staff. Second, the University has created a Community Parking Program.  Beginning Tuesday, September 3, residents can come to the Community Relations Office and receive a one-day pass that allows parking in the main structure at Winthrop Avenue and West Sheridan Road from 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Monday Through Friday, and 5:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.  The Community Relations office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and is located at 6439 N Sheridan Road, Suite 220. For more information, contact Summur Roberts at 773-508-7450.

Water Tower Campus Construction Update

WTC Construction Update

Construction moves ahead for the new Michael R. Quinlan School of Business and Newcastle, Limited’s 35-story residential tower.

The final phase of demolition continues for the school of business.  At 14-16 E. Pearson, hand demolition moves forward in cooperation with the immediate neighbors. Structural demolition will happen in a few weeks and will be completed with great care due to the building’s proximity to the University’s adjacent neighbors. The busts that adorn the façades of 14-16 E. Pearson will also be removed by hand in a process called a “facadectomy.” Foundation analysis and underground review are in progress.

The Newcastle building has experienced some mechanical problems with the  with the drilling rig and it is not currently operating. Once it is repaired, drilling will resume. Due to the unforeseen mechanical failure, however, the construction team will need to work Saturdays for the month of October to remain on schedule.

After Nov. 1, the parking lane on the south side of Chestnut Street will be restricted for construction site work. Pedestrian foot-traffic will be diverted to the north side of Chestnut Street.

Structural work is scheduled to begin in November, 2013. Sheet piling will begin at the Chestnut (north) end of the work site and move south.  The crew will push the sheets into the ground in an effort to minimize vibration.

Additionally, several measures have been taken to make the entire area safer during construction. The light behind 14-16 E. Pearson will be replaced with a brighter light in the next couple of days.  The Chicago Police Foot Patrol has been ticketing trucks double parked along Chestnut Street.

Stay tuned to Loyola Neighborhood News to remain updated on the projects as they move forward.


Quinlan School and Residential Tower Update

Quinlan School and Residential Tower Update

Raymond C. Baumhart Hall

Water Tower Campus is abuzz with the new Michael R. Quinlan School of Business and Newcastle, Limited’s 35-story residential tower currently under construction.

In late May, Power Construction began the demolition of buildings along State and Pearson Streets. The buildings included: the former Sally Beauty Supply, the former Chill Bar and Grill, and Alfredo’s Barbershop which relocated to Chicago and State. The Campus police have moved to 8 West Chicago Avenue, and the Copy Center and mailroom relocated to Baumhart Hall. The site is currently being graded to level the ground before excavation begins. The demolition phase is expected to be completed by September 1, 2013.

Beginning the first week of September, excavation and foundation work begins. The crew will begin laying out caissons and installing sheeting on the site which will take a month. A work trailer will also be brought to the site.

Structural work is scheduled to begin in October/November, 2013.

As part of Loyola’s efforts to improve safety, congestion and loading on Chestnut Street, Summur Roberts, Director, Community Relations, with the support of Aldermen Fioretti and Reilly, will convene a group consisting of City staff, the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association and local business/property owners on Chestnut to develop recommendations on street, alley, parking and loading improvements.

According to Roberts, “When Loyola went through the planned development process for Water Tower Campus, it became very evident that Chestnut Street needed some thoughtful planning to address infrastructure concerns on the street. As an anchor institution, the University is taking a leadership role in pulling together the key partners in making these changes happen. “

Stay tuned to Loyola Neighborhood News to remain updated on the projects as they move forward.


Halloween Treats at Loyola

DOP Trick or Treat

Loyola’s annual Trick-or-Treat is coming to Dumbach’s doors for its sixth year this Sunday.

Loyola’s Department of Programming ((dop)) will host the event. Student organizations will provide tricks and treats for Rogers Park and Edgewater neighbors who visit. The organizations will decorate doors and hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters, but kids are invited to participate in Halloween games and activities as well.

“It’s something free and fun for kids and their families in a safe environment,” said ((dop)) Special Events Director Calley Oresick.

Add: Head over to Dumbach Hall, 6474 N. Kenmore Ave., from 1-4p.m. to participate in the event.

Ramblin’ Around Student Dinner Crawl: Loyola Students Dined-the-Red Line!

Dine the Red Line Re-Cap

In February of last year, Loyola’s Office of Community Relations launched the Student Business Engagement Project to both understand and improve student awareness of restaurants and other businesses in the proximity of Loyola’s campus.

The goal of the project was to incentivize student patronage of local establishments, and increase their interest in the local cultural scene of both the Rogers Park and Edgewater neighborhoods.

From the market research gathered as part of this project, including anecdotal feedback from both students and local business owners, the office of Community Relations learned that both parties supported the idea of a student dinner crawl, an event in which students would visit local restaurant and sample a food item at each establishment.

As in previous years, Community Relations partnered with the Rogers Park Business Alliance and the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce to plan an event that would serve the needs and interests of both students and the local business community.

On September 10th, nearly 300 students participated in the first Ramblin’ Around Student Dinner Crawl. This event drew a range of participants, from freshmen to graduate level students, and provided a unique and social way to showcase the local business community to the Loyola student body. To partake in the crawl, Loyola students took the red-line train or walked to 22 local restaurants in Rogers Park and Edgewater. Restaurants donated generous samples of delicious food and beverages from all over the world, including cuisines from Ethiopian, India, Italy, Thailand, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

This year’s student dinner crawl also served as the perfect complement to the Ramblin’ Around Student Guide, a directory of local businesses that is distributed annually to over 3,000 incoming freshmen. The crawl promoted use of this guide and encouraged students to patron the establishments listed in our directory.

Proceeds from ticket sales for the Ramblin’ Around Student Dinner Crawl will be donated to the Rogers Park Business Alliance and the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. In the coming months, our Office of Community Relations will be working to further increase the online and social media presence of the Ramblin’ Around brand, as we are in process of creating a Ramblin’ Around Blog, on which we will provide advertising opportunities for local businesses and also publish “feature stories” on select businesses in Edgewater and Rogers Park.

To see pictures from this incredible event, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/luccommunityrelations/photos_stream.

LUREC Restoration Work Days

LUREC Restoration Work Days

Volunteers Stay Busy at LUREC

The monthly restoration work day was held at LUREC on Saturday, July 13. Eleven volunteers, braving the mosquitoes and other wetland creatures, focused on clearing some of the damage from the intense rain storms of late June. The volunteers cut up a large 3-stemed box elder that blew down in the wetland.  Fortunately, it was a tree that was intended to be removed. The root system had been partially torn from the ground, and the trunk lay horizontally with the roots and attached soil vertical.  As the volunteers started cutting away the upper branches, the roots and lower trunk began to rebound, bringing the lower trunk into an upright position.  Box elders are full of surprises!

The prairie flowers are being watched with great interest and anticipation following our spring burn.  Some of what has been seen in the area just off Country Cloud Road includes:  Butterfly Weed, Prairie Coreopsis, Pale Purple Coneflower, Wild quinine, White Wild Indigo, Golden Alexanders, Purple Joe Pye Weed, Great St. John’s Wort, Panicled Trick Trefoil, Mountain Mint, and Culver's root.

Butterfly Weed

LUREC Landscape
Culver's Root

LUREC Landscape

Written by Roberta Lammers-Campbell

Canine Invasion

Canine Invasion

On Friday, September 27, the office of Community Relations accidentally welcomed the Berger Park Advisory Council’s Doggy Day on campus. Residents who were aware of student-move in and family weekend intentionally came to campus to introduce their dogs to the new student neighbors.

Jill Donovon of the Berger Park Advisory Council was inspired by the students’ reaction to her own dog as she walked him in the neighborhood.

"Several years ago, my husband Rob and I were walking our previous dog, a gentle border collie named Bo, along the lakefront path on the Loyola Campus during freshman move-in. Student after student stopped us to ask if they could pet our dog, and, sometimes with a little catch in their throat, they would tell us about their dog back home, and how much they missed them," she said. "Clearly, it wasn't just their dog that they missed. Our new girl, Apple, continues this tradition, and it's been wonderful to do it with a group of dogs from the neighborhood."

During Welcome Week and Family Weekend, Donovon and fellow advisory council member David Perez, brought their friendly animals on campus for two hours and let them visit.  Students and their parents seemed happy to see the dogs and asked when Loyola would do something like this again.

“Berger Park and Loyola have enjoyed a friendly and neighborly relationship for many years. Through student volunteerism, community-based service projects, North Lake Shore Earth Day and campus planning initiatives, we continue to seek ways to deepen our connections with our local parks,” said Summur Roberts, Director of Community Relations for the University.

With a dearth of dog-friendly play areas near campus and a large number of pet-owners in Edgewater and Rogers Park, the department of Community Relations  is willing to seek ways to help bridge the gap. While Loyola’s campus cannot be considered a dog park by any means, the occasional well-behaved dog playing on campus is a welcome sight to students.

"Doggy Day was a great program; Loyola and Berger Park Advisory Council building a better community for everyone to live in and work in. I met a lot of students their family’s [who were] happy to be able to pet, play and hug the dogs that were in attendance. I hope to see more Loyola students and staff enjoying Berger Park and volunteering to help make the park a better experience for everyone,” said Perez.

Mary Miro, Community Relations Coordinator for Loyola, was surprised with the activity. "When I got to the scene, parents, students, faculty and staff were visiting with the dogs and our friendly neighbors. I didn’t want to stop the activity. People asked us to continue the program on a regular basis!"

The presence of the dogs was impromptu but it was a welcome treat. Loyola will be working with the Berger Park Advisory Council to ensure that future visits by the group are met with success.

Saturday of Service at Senn Park: The Tom Sawyer Project

Saturday of Service 2013

On the morning of August 24th, over 100 freshman students from the University made their way to Senn Park High School for the annual Saturday of Service event.

As part of the university’s Welcome Week activities, Loyola freshmen are invited to participate in a community service project to both familiarize new students with the Jesuit mission and identity of Loyola while also providing them with an opportunity to interact with local residents from the Lake Shore Campus’ home neighborhoods, Rogers Park and Edgewater.

For this year’s event, Loyola University’s Center for Service and Action and Office of Community Relations partnered with the Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project (EESP) to plan a city beautification fence-painting project. Working alongside our partners at EESP, our eager students set out to scrape and paint the 90-foot wrought iron fence that surrounds Chicago Park District Senn Play-lot Park, located on 5800 block of Ridge Ave.

Despite a great deal of elbow-grease from our hardworking freshman, there is still painting to do to complete the project! Interested volunteers who want to help complete this fence-painting project should please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0F45A4AF23A13-thetom


“Summer on the Plaza” at Loyola Station

Loyola Summer on the Plaza


CHICAGO, IL (June 9, 2014) Loyola University Chicago, announces “Summer on the Plaza” at the Loyola Red Line Station Plaza, 6550 N Sheridan Road.

Exciting programs will run June 9 through October and feature Loyola Student Farmers Market, local musical acts, ice cream socials, performance groups, group exercise dance and a variety of programs for children and families.

Summer on the Plaza launches in partnership with Rogers Park Business Alliance and Sheridan Road Special Service Area.

“The new plaza opened in August 2013 and created a dynamic atmosphere for this kind of partnership to foster a vibrant sense of place, support the continued economic development in the area while highlighting the talent of artists and professionals in the surrounding community,” according to Summur Roberts, Director of Community Relations.

The program schedule includes the Loyola Farmers Market on Mondays from 3:00-7:00 PM with local vendors offering sustainably raised produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, seasonal jams, and more. Thursday and Friday evenings will showcase performance art and music. Saturday mornings will feature fitness and family friendly programs. Confirmed acts featured include:  Magister Freud, Pieptone, Lunar Moo, Blue Shag and Urban Rhythm. Saturday mornings will feature interactive puppet shows, Chicago Math and Science Academy Art, Wheel Jam,  ChainLinks’ Satellite Bike Clinics, group fitness offered by Edgewater Athletic Club and much more.

The programming is in accordance with the vision and goals for the corridor by Alderman Joe Moore, Rogers Park Business Alliance and SSA Commissioners. “With Loyola and the Sheridan Road Special Service Area’s financial and programmatic support, this initiative creates a destination for local residents and visitors. The ‘buzz’ will draw culture-seekers to the southeast corner of Rogers Park, with its beautiful public beaches and great restaurants and coffee shops,” according to Sandi Price, executive director, Rogers Park Business Alliance.

Students will also appreciate these programs throughout the summer and when they return in the fall. According to Sean Connolly, SSA Commissioner, Loyola staff member and alum, “this kind of programming is exactly what students look for when seeking out entertainment options and speaks to what I was looking for throughout my four years as an undergraduate.”

For the schedule of events, click on the Summer on the Plaza Flyer.

 About Rogers Park Business Alliance: Rogers Park Business Alliance leads the way in showing the City of Chicago and the nation that balanced development is possible. Rogers Park will be the model for an advanced and sophisticated form of community development that values diversity, has defined it, planned for it and achieved development projects that serve all constituencies. Rogers Park will be a destination for people who seek a harmoniously diverse neighborhood, rich in arts and culture, in which to live, work, play and raise a family. Located on the far north side of Chicago near Evanston, Rogers Park offers complete access to mass transit, top educational institutions, Lake Michigan beaches, full recreational amenities and a diversity of businesses and people.



Loyola Celebrates and Re-Opens Kenmore

Kenmore Ribbon Cutting

Loyola Neighbors are cordially invited as a special guest of Loyola University Chicago to attend the grand re-opening of 6300 N Kenmore.

Loyola’s President, Michael Garanzini, S.J., and Alderman Harry Osterman will host a Ribbon Cutting of the Kenmore Plaza (between Rosemont and West Sheridan Road) on Friday, August 29 at 5:00 PM.

The 6300 N Kenmore Vacation was completed in 2013 in order to expand Loyola's campus and create the environmentally friendly pedestrian plaza that we gather to dedicate. We will have an old-fashioned block party with food from the grill, beverages and live music by local artists.  Come and enjoy self-guided tours of the plaza and another opportunity to visit the Institute for Environmental Sustainability.

Please RSVP by sending an email to communityrelations@luc.edu or calling 773-508-7450. Be sure to mention you are RSVPing for the Kenmore Ribbon Cutting on August 29th and let us know if you plan to bring any guests.

We look forward to having you celebrate with us!

Polarpalooza to Feature Crafts, Activities, Local Vendors, and Live Music North Sheridan Road Illuminated for the Holidays

To kick off the holiday season, Loyola University Chicago, Rogers Park Business Alliance, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and Alderman Joe Moore of the 49th Ward present Polar Palooza, a two-day outdoor winter festival, at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus for Chicago’s north side.

Attendees of all ages will enjoy food from local restaurants, live local music, ice sculpting (Sat.), skating, live reindeer (Sun.), face painting, character meet-and-greets, shopping with local artisans, and more.

Admission is free but $5 per person will provide access to arts and crafts, ice skating on a synthetic rink, and face painting from 1pm-4pm.

Attendees of the Loyola Rambler’s Men’s Basketball game on Saturday December 5 at 1:00pm vs. Creighton University will receive $2 Polar Cash to spend at the festival.

In anticipation of Polar Palooza, Loyola University Chicago and Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) will be illuminating the Loyola CTA Station and North Sheridan Road in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood with thousands of white lights for the holiday season.

This is the second year that RPBA has used funds from the Sheridan Road Special Service Area (SSA) and a voluntary contribution in lieu of taxes from Loyola University Chicago to bring holiday cheer to dozens of trees on the busy half-mile stretch.

Sheridan Road carries more than 35,000 cars a day commuting to downtown Chicago and the CTA Station serves an additional 35,000 commuters on busses and trains. Both the Business Alliance and the University want to attract those commuters to Sheridan Road’s main street atmosphere. These lights also serve to provide light to the darkness of winter which makes pedestrians feel safer walking at night to restaurants and shops on Sheridan Road.

For more information on Polar Palooza, visit LUC.edu/communityrelations.


Saturday, December 5
Noon – 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 6
Noon – 6 p.m.


The Loyola Redline Plaza
6550 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626