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Please be advised that we're expecting large public assemblies within and passing through the West Loop neighborhood today, tomorrow, and possibly Sunday. There is a 3:00PM rally today at the Fraternal Order of Police headquarters (1412 West Washington Boulevard), and there is a 10:00AM protest tomorrow beginning at Union Park moving downtown. While routes have been formally approved for Washington and Randolph Street, it is possible smaller crowds may break off onto side streets. This note is not an expectation of unrest.

Posted: Friday, June 5, 2020

Today, the City of Chicago announced new precautionary measures to further ensure the health and safety of residents and the hundreds of peaceful protestors participating in rallies. As part of these efforts, the City announced that multiple routes to the Central Business District will be temporarily reduced today following multiple public safety incidents and property damage that occurred overnight.

Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2020

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Commissioner Rosa Escareno today issued guidance for restaurants and bars to comply with Governor Pritzker’s order to close taverns and restrict on-site consumption of food or beverage to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and the Department of Housing (DOH) are closely coordinating with the Mayor’s Office and the Chicago Department of Public Health to assess how City Hall-based staff can continue to provide vital customer services while helping to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in Chicago.

Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020

Any establishment that sells or serves alcoholic liquor shall restrict its occupancy to 50% of its legal capacity, further subject to a maximum occupancy of 100 people. Lines or other gatherings of people at or in the immediate vicinity of the entrance to any establishment within the City of Chicago that sells or serves alcoholic liquor is prohibited.

Posted: Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has received authorization to provide assistance to small businesses that have been or will be potentially impacted by COVID-19 through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. This program can provide low interest loans of up to $2M to businesses and private non-profits.

Posted: Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) continues to work closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal, state and local partners to monitor and respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. There have been 25 cases of COVID-19 identified in Illinois so far. The City of Chicago postponed St. Patrick's Day weekend parades as a precautionary measure to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

On behalf of the West Loop Community Organization, we celebrate all women, each and every day. We are an organization who believes in equality for all, and we encourage you to be fearless and conquer all of your dreams! Thank you, women, for all that you do and bring to the West Loop community.

Posted: Monday, March 9, 2020

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has completed the design work to stripe Randolph from Halsted to Morgan soon. Orange No Parking signs will be posted in advance of the work, which is dependent on weather. Randolph Street businesses and their valet partners should remain extra vigilant until striping is complete to avoid interruptions of service.

Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2020

On January 1, 2020, the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis became legal throughout the State of Illinois. The City of Chicago has its own laws and ordinances regarding the use of recreational cannabais (as well as medicinal cannabis), and we wanted to share them with you.

Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

On Friday, October 18, 2019, the West Loop Community Organization (WLCO) and the West Central Association (WCA) were notified of Mayor Lightfoot’s proposal to help close more of the gap in the City’s budget by metering the West Loop. The proposed parking meters will be placed within the predominantly commercial district, from Halsted (E) to Ashland (W) and Grand (N) to Roosevelt (S). This is our response to the City's plan.

Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A team consisting of boys and girls born in 2011 and 2010 represented West Loop in a city-wide Winter Soccer League. They won the championship title among their peers with a regular season record of 5-2-0 with three straight wins in the playoffs. We're thrilled to share this great news!

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Capitol Cement Co., Inc. has received a permit for a temporary roadway closure of Fulton Market for one block from Aberdeen to May Streets. They began implementing temporary roadway closures on the morning of Monday, March 25.

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2019

Chicago will hold its mayoral and aldermanic elections on Tuesday, February 26. All 50 seats of the Chicago City Council, alongside elections for City Clerk of Chicago and City Treasurer of Chicago, will be decided. If no candidate receives a majority of votes for any office (more than 50% of the vote), runoff general elections will be held on April 2.

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is starting construction on the second phase of the Fulton Market streetscape when spring begins. This section will impact Fulton Market between Carpenter and Ogden streets.

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019

The West Loop Community Organization (WLCO), a delegate agency of the City of Chicago, is proud to announce Fulton Market Expo (FMX), an annual celebration of makers, farmers, artists and small businesses. On Saturday, April 7, 2018, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will officially mark the launch of FMX at 1:30 pm at the corner of Fulton Market and Green Street.

Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Ready to grab a taste?! We are thrilled to share the official line-up for this year’s @tasteofrandolph. Don’t miss a single moment of the magic hitting the West Loop June 15th-17th

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2018

Join WLCO and Paco Lebron, Founder ProdigyTeks April 5th at Co-Optim West Loop for networking and Tech Talk from Paco Lebron on "Effective Ways Technology Can Improve Productivity", founder of ProdigyTeks.

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The West Loop Community Organization (WLCO), a recognized delegate agency of the City of Chicago, is a 501C3, membership organization that represents hundreds of businesses, dozens of local non-profits, and the residential communities within the West Loop boundary. We support economic development, and advocate for continued, responsible growth of the community. WLCO has applied for and has received consideration to establish a Special Service Area to begin in 2020.

Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018

The West Loop Community Organization (WLCO) is proud to announce the Fulton Market Expo (FMX), an annual celebration of local farmers and makers.

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Fulton Market is a unique and rapidly developing corridor. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) initiated the Fulton Market Streetscape project in 2013 to improve safety, upgrade infrastructure, and provide enhancements in response to this development while respecting the historic character of the area. Over the past year, CDOT has been developing the design for Section 2, Carpenter Street to Ogden Avenue, as an extension of Section 1, Halsted Street to Carpenter Street. The project team held over fourteen individual meetings with property owners and developers, two task force meetings, and two public meetings. The final streetscape design is a result of input provided at these meetings and comments made by reviewing agencies.

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2018

CAPS is hosting an Emergency Action Plan Workshop to provide stakeholders and community members with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of risk identification, development of plans, and emergency management process

Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

West Loop Community Organization celebrates International Women’s Day, a day about unity, reflection, advocacy, action and movement. It’s a day that has been celebrated for over a century and the end is nowhere in sight!

Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2018

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. are hosting the 2nd Annual City-Wide Job/Career Fair on Thursday, March 29, 2018, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Jesse White Community Center - 412 W. Chicago Avenue in Chicago. If your company would like to participate, please complete and return the Employer Registration Form by no later than Friday, March 16.

Posted: Friday, February 23, 2018

Thank you to all who attended the final Fulton Market Streetscape – Section 2 Project Public Meeting on January 25, 2018!

Posted: Thursday, February 1, 2018

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