68-year old Rogers Park Resident Missing

Police are seeking the public’s help in finding 68-year old John Blackmon who was reported missing from his Rogers Park home on Wednesday.  According to police, Blackmon is 5-feet-9 with brown eyes, gray hair, and a fair complexion.

John Blackmon, Chicago Police
A photo of John Blackmon from the Chicago Police Department

For more on the story, visit the Chicago Sun-Times article here.

LUMA Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Greatest Hits

Just steps off the Magnificent Mile, LUMA has stood for ten years displaying art for Chicago residents. This Friday, August 28, it will celebrate those ten years with a compilation of art entitled, 10: Greatest Hits.  The exhibition will be made up of art from an array of the most popular LUMA exhibitions and acquisitions, including pieces from Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds.  LUMA plans to open the event Friday with a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Admission costs fifteen dollars for the public and is free for Loyola students and staff.  For more information, visit the Loyola University calendar here.

WTC Block Party Welcomes Students Back Thursday

It’s the first week of class, which means Welcome Week is still going on at Loyola University Chicago. For downtown students that means the Water Tower Campus Welcome Week Block Party.  The annual event promises food and fun free with catering from local favorites such as Felice’s, Potbelly and Epic Burger.  A live band will play the event, which kicks off at 11 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.

For more information on the WTC Welcome Week Block Party and other Thursday events, visit Loyola’s official event calendar here.

Inside the New Schreiber Center

A Look Inside Loyola's 10-Story Vertical Business School Campus In The Gold Coast by Karis Hustad
A Look Inside Loyola’s 10-Story Vertical Business School Campus In The Gold Coast by Karis Hustad

With a new year comes a new building on Loyola’s campus. The 10-story Schreiber Center is a new addition to the Quinlan School of Business and is located at the university’s downtown Water Tower Campus.  It boasts a 10-story glass atrium and social areas on each floor. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, August 27.

For more information and pictures of Loyola’s new Schreiber Center check out Karis Hustad’s article here.

Corpse Flower To Bloom This Week

It won’t smell pretty, but the Chicago Botanical Gardens is preparing for the exciting bloom of one of its rarest specimens.  Spike, the corpse flower is predicted to bloom within the next few days.  The Chicago Botanical Gardens has owned the five-foot tall plant for twelve years now, but this will be the flowers first blooming in Chicago. DNAnifo Chicago is running a live feed of the event and the Gardens will be offering late admission to the Gardens until 2 a.m. the day of the blooming.

For more information, check out the DNAinfo article here.

New Statue Welcomes Loyola Students on First Day

Sitting atop his platform overlooking the Quinlan Life Sciences Building, the new statue of Father Damen welcomed Loyola students on the first day of the fall semester.   Walter Arnold, a native Chicagoan, sculpted the statue of Fr. Arnold J. Damen, S.J. It was installed earlier this August and photos of the statue and its installation can be viewed on Loyola’s Flickr account.

Loyola University Chicago Flickr
Loyola University Chicago Flickr

Click here to read more about the Fr. Damen statue and its architect.

1 Dead and 13 Wounded in Thursday Shootings

Separate shootings on the West and South sides of Chicago have left one woman dead and 13 others wounded. The shootings began early Thursday morning at a South Austin neighborhood liquor store where the gun fight wounded two men and resulted in the death of a 21-year-old woman.  Eight more shootings were reported Thursday into Friday morning.

For more of the story by Alexandra Chachkevitch visit the Chicago Tribune online here.

Kitchfix Debuts Retail Store in Gold Coast

Downtown Loyola students will have a new healthy dining option for the new year just one stop north of campus off of Clark/Division red line stop.  Kitchfix opened its debut retail store in the Gold Coast yesterday, August 20.  Founded in 2013, Kitchfix is known for its prepared food delivery service, however the new restaurant will also offer a fast and casual dining experience that focuses on nutritional, ready to heat-and-eat meals. The three-day grand opening celebration runs through this weekend, Aug. 21-23.

For more information on prices, hours and special promotions, read the full story from DNAinfo here.

Kitchfix is located at 1165 N. State St.

Wishing Sister Jean a Happy 96th Birthday

Photo taken by Steve Christensen for Inside Loyola
Photo taken by Steve Christensen for Inside Loyola

Join Loyola in celebrating the university’s favorite nun, Sister Jean, and her 96th birthday.  Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM, was born in San Francisco in 1919 and previously taught at Mundelein College.  She is now a chaplain at Loyola.

“I don’t have to be like someone else, I just have to be me” -Sr. Jean Dolores Schmidt

For more inspirational words from Sister Jean watch, Loyola posted this video in celebration of Sister Jean day.