Loyola University Chicago

Community Relations

Summer on the Plaza


CHICAGO, June 6, 2016 –
Loyola University Chicago’s third annual Summer on the Plaza programming kicks off today, Monday, June 6 at the Loyola Plaza, 6550 N. Sheridan Road in Rogers Park, just outside the CTA’s Loyola ‘L’ stop.

Running June through October, events will include local musical acts, food trucks, performance groups, a variety of programs for children and families, and the University’s farmers market. Summer on the Plaza is presented in partnership with Rogers Park Business Alliance and Sheridan Road Special Service Area.

A neighborhood favorite, the Loyola Farmers Market returns for another year of providing fresh, nutritious, and locally grown and produced foods to the surrounding community. The market is open Mondays, 3–7 p.m., from June 6 through September 19. Fall hours, 2:30–6:30 p.m., commence on Mondays from September 26 through October 10. New vendors this year include Farmer Nick’s, Pleasant House Bakery, and Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus Farm. Loyola’s community health nursing students will also facilitate health and wellness sessions on a variety of topics related to local produce during the June market dates. Also similar to last year, Illinois Link cardholders who spend up to $10 can receive up to an additional $10 per market day, per card on Link-approved purchases.

“At this year’s Summer on the Plaza, we look forward to expanding our programming to include performances and fun family activities at The New 400 Theater at 6746 N Sheridan on Thursday evenings. I look forward to hosting new local artists, engaging more business participation, further and creating a celebratory and cultural experience for CTA commuters and our community,” said Summur Roberts, director of community relations at the University. “We are deepening our connections with businesses in the neighborhood to provide a vibrant district and create expanded opportunities for communal gathering places.”

Summer on the Plaza programming is part of the RogersEdge Business Improvement Initiative and a program of Loyola’s Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World. It represents a collaboration between the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Rogers Park Business Alliance and Loyola University Chicago to enhance the accessibility, attractiveness and appeal of northeast Edgewater and southeast Rogers Park. The program matches the vision and goals of Aldermen Joe Moore and Harry Osterman as well as the missions of Special Service Areas 26 and 54.

“Rogers Park is home to a multifaceted professional artist community, as well as many unique, independently owned businesses,” said Sandi Price, executive director, Rogers Park Business Alliance. “With several new businesses opening on Sheridan Road, we are excited to expand programming further north of Sheridan Road, provide a destination for neighbors and visitors, and highlight our neighborhood’s restaurants, cafes, and beautiful beaches.”

Sean Connolly, Sheridan Road Special Service Area commissioner and Loyola staff member and alumnus, believes programming will also attract students.

“In addition to engaging neighbors of our University, Summer on the Plaza includes a variety of events that interest Loyola’s student population, who are always seeking entertainment near campus,” said Connolly.

“North Edgewater benefits from the vibrant retail and entertainment options just north of Devon,” said Katrina Balog, Executive Director of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. “Having desirable options both north and south of Devon creates a destination district that supports continued growth.”

In addition to the weekly farmers market, confirmed programming and entertainment includes: Joyce Renee & the JK Connection, The Rory Tyer Band, Blue Shag, Urban Rhythm, Greek clarinetist Jim Stoynoff, Wheel Jam Circus Arts, Glenwood Dance Studio, satellite bike clinics by Loyola Limited’s ChainLinks, and more.

For additional information and June’s schedule of events, visit LUC.edu/communityrelations. Check the site frequently for additional summer programming to be announced.


About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 11 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.