Composting in South Loop Made Easy

Have you been thinking about composting but just can’t swing it where you live? Good news! Now there is way to keep your food scraps out of the landfill without undertaking your own composting operation! Jon Scheffel has launched his Healthy Soil Compost service, which offers customers two ways to return food to soil, for a small fee.
1) Bring your food scraps to the South Loop Farmers Market every Thursday 4-8p.  (Until October 8).
2) Sign up for year-round at-home pick-up service

Drop-off Fee Info: Starter kits of $7 with 2-gal or 5-gal containers (or use your own container); Drop-off prices per volume of material: 2-gal = $4 and 5-gal=$7. Anything less, please make a donation to the service.

Interested? Ways to contact Jon:
Visit: South Loop Farmers Market (see hours, location below)
Phone: 312-927-4778
Website (currently under construction):

Earth Day 2013

It’s S P R I N G, and there’s so much to talk about.

20 April: South Loop Clean & Green. 

Celebrate earth day by helping clean up the South Loop! Tools and snacks will be provided. Please bring your own water bottle and gloves if you can.

  • Clean & Green in theSouth Loop
  • Mark Twain/Women’s Park, 18thand Indiana
  • Grant Park, Columbus and Roosevelt
  • PrintersRowPark,Dearborn and Polk
  • South Loop School,1212 S. Plymouth Ct.

RSVP by April 17th to 312-263-9273 or

Earth Day 2013

Got time for a few other earth friendly ideas this weekend? Here are a few suggestions:

Picnic for Earth – Earth Day at Millennium Park

4/20 – 11am-3pm

Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on the promenade with the family. Kids will enjoy face painting and a hat making workshop with Rad Hatter. Plus, food, sustainable cooking demos and live music. Nature Conservancy staff will be on hand to share how and where they work locally and globally. Our earth friendly Ghaby of Ghabit will be on hand. Register at

Earth Fest – Oak Park

4/20 – 10am-2pm

Get ready to learn about green living at Oak Park’s fourth annual Earth Fest, which fittingly takes place at the suburb’s Public Works Center, a gold LEED-certified building. The festival’s goal is to educate the public on how to incorporate environmentally friendly practices into everyday living. Last year’s events included tips on how to compost and recycle. Organic farmers and local restaurants will be on hand during the event to inform the public of their environmental practices. This is a family-friendly event, with children’s activities planned.

Earth Day Family Fun Festival – Sod Room

4/21 – 10am-noon

Celebrate Earth Day! Come for live music, storytelling, crafting, snacks and fun.

Within Reach Film Screening – Overflow Coffee Bar

4/23 – 7-9pm

Overflow Coffee Bar, is hosting a film screening with discussion afterwards. Register, and enter a raffle!

About the Film Within Reach

Mandy and Ryan have given up their corporate jobs and their traditional houses to “bike-pack” thousands of miles around the USA, looking around as they look within.

Their journey and their film has answered the question that they and many others are asking: Is it possible for all of us to live in a sustainable way? After circling the country, and talking with over 20,000 people they have found that not only is it possible but its already underway…

Watch the Trailer.

Earth Hour in the South Loop

Earth Hour 2013 is this Saturday

March 23rd, 8:30pm


The idea behind EARTH HOUR is that everywhere — business, home or school — turns off the lights for one hour at the same time on the same day to raise awareness of climate change. Let’s turn off our lights in the South Loop and show that we care about our neighborhood.

Email your photos of the LIGHTS OUT in the #SouthLoop, and we’ll share them on our Facebook page.

Earth Hour 2013: Uniting People to Protect the Planet


The Alliance to Save Energy

The Alliance to Save Energy has a great website full of ideas on how to save energy in your home and at your business. Check it out!

Here’s a sample a few of their topics this month:

Ring in the New Year with Energy Efficiency Tax Credits

January 24, 2013

Commuters, homeowners, and appliance manufacturers – now is the time to make new energy efficiency investments and claim tax credits for improvements you made in 2012. On January 2, 2013, the American Tax Payer Relief Act of 2012was signed into law, extending many expired tax credits until the end of 2013 and restoring them retroactively for 2012.


America’s Top 5 Energy-Efficient Football Stadiums

January 16, 2013

With Super Bowl Sunday fast approaching, we present to you the most energy-efficient football stadiums.


12 Tips to be Energy Efficient Each Month of 2013

January 07, 2013

Start 2013 off right! Make a plan to be energy efficient every month of the year with our 12 energy-saving tips.



Loft Walk Today – South Loop Neighbors

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Join the South Loop Neighbors on Saturday, November 3, 2012 for the 14th annual Loft Walk from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m.

Registration / check in at Dearborn Station, 47 W. Polk Street, Chicago.

For more information:, to order tickets:

Help Move the Mulch!

Calling on Volunteers to …Help Move the Mulch!
A truckload of mulch was dumped on the Ferd Kramer Memorial Garden on Friday. This Tuesday, Aug 21 @ 6pm we are going to be moving it to different places in this garden (@~65 W. Polk), and in the Printers Row Park (Fountain Park). Bring whatever you need to move this chippy mulch: Shove, wheelbarrows, buckets, friends, jokes...

Alliance Out + About…Come Join Us!

The Alliance has been invited to some upcoming community events. Hope to see you there!

South Loop Neighbors: 7:00 pm, 18 April 2012, Grace Place: 637 S. Dearborn. Presenting: MMM!

Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance: 7:00 pm, 23 April 2012,  Second Presbyterian, 1936 S. Michigan Presenting: MMM!

Greater South Loop Association/Neighbors Night Out: 6:00 pm, 26 April 2012, Sixpax Studio, 1329 S. Michigan. Presenting: Reduce/Reuse/Recycle Fun