Stop by the Loyola Red Line Station Plaza this summer and you might encounter a jazz band, an ice cream social, a theatrical performance, a dance group or a farmers’ market. They all will be a part of “Summer on the Plaza,” a new summer programming initiative sponsored by Loyola University in partnership with the CTA, the Rogers Park Business Alliance, the Sheridan Road SSA and my office.
This exciting series of activities runs from now through October and will feature local musical acts, ice cream socials, performance groups, the Loyola Student Farmers’ Market, exercise activities and a variety of programs for children and families.
The new plaza, which opened last fall, provides an ideal venue for these activities, which will foster a vibrant sense of place and support the continued economic development in the area, while highlighting the talented artists who live and work in our community.
The program schedule will feature the Loyola Student Farmers’ Market on Mondays from 3:00-7:00 p.m., with local vendors offering sustainably raised produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, seasonal jams, and more.
Come to the Plaza on Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. and you’ll enjoy a range of performances from local artists such as magician Magister Freud and musical groupsBlue Shag, Pipetone, Lunar Moo, and theUrban Rhythm Band. You might also come across a “Satellite Bike Clinic” offered by Loyola’s student business enterprise,ChainLinks, or a group fitness exercise session offered by the Edgewater Athletic Club.
This exciting initiative could not happen without the financial support of Loyola University andthe Sheridan Road SSA and will provide yet another opportunity to showcase Rogers Park as an artistic and entertainment destination for local residents and visitors alike.
I’ll see you in the plaza this summer!