Loyola Station Farmers Market showcases local vendors

File photo.

File photo.

Hundreds of the Rogers Park community pass by the Loyola Farmers Market every Monday afternoon on their way to or from the train. Taking a stroll through the farmers market, it’s evident this gathering calls for community, conservation, and a lot of delicious food.

The Loyola Farmers Market was launched in June of 2011 and hosts 11 Chicago growers and producers from neighboring states near the Loyola Red Line station.

“Your food’s not coming from California. It’s coming from Indiana or Michigan or Illinois,” said Kelly Hoff , assistant manager of the farmers market.

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Red line trains to bypass stops

By Jillian Schwartz

Red Line trains going north to Howard will bypass Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, Granville, Loyola, Morse, and Jarvis stations this weekend from 12:01 a.m. Saturday March 22 to 2:00 a.m. Monday, March 24.

As a result of construction work, there are also parking restrictions on Farwell and Glenwood.

Alderman Joe Moore sent out details in an email:

Dear Neighbor,

As a result of construction work on the new traction power substation at Farwell and Glenwood, Red Line trains heading north to Howard will bypass the Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, Granville, Loyola, Morse, and Jarvis stations this weekend from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 22nd, to 2:00 a.m. Monday, March 24th.

If you wish to travel north from these stations, take a 95th-bound train to Berwyn and transfer to a Howard-bound train. If you wish to travel to these stations from points south, take a Howard-bound train to Howard and transfer to a 95th-bound train.

In addition, the following street and parking restrictions will be enforced from 9:00 p.m. Friday, March 21st, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24th:

• Farwell will be closed from southbound Glenwood (west of the tracks) to Wayne.
• Two-way traffic will be allowed on Farwell from Greenview to Glenwood.
• Southbound Glenwood will be closed to local traffic only from Morse to Farwell.
• Southbound Glenwood will be closed from Farwell to Pratt.
• Parking will be prohibited on the north side of Farwell from Greenview to Glenwood.
• Parking will be prohibited on both sides of Farwell from Glenwood to Wayne.
• Parking will be prohibited on southbound Glenwood from Morse to Pratt.

Finally, construction noise, including the sounding of horns, will take place periodically throughout the weekend in the vicinity of Farwell and Glenwood.  

The work is taking place this weekend to minimize disruption to rush hour commuters during the weekday.

The new substation is designed to boost the electrical power on the tracks, which will help increase train speed and service reliability and reduce “slow zones” on the far north Red Line.  For more information on the substation project, CLICK HERE.

As always, if major changes in the work plan or schedule occur, I will let you know immediately through my electronic newsletter and postings on my Facebook page.

If you have any questions, please contact my office at ward49@cityofchicago.org or the CTA directly through Jeff Wilson, the CTA’s Government and Community Relations Officer, at jwilson@transitchicago.com.


Joe Moore


Train derailment causes delays on Red Line

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A train derailment Tuesday afternoon on the CTA’s Yellow Line is causing “significant delays” on the Yellow and Red Lines, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

There were no reported injuries.

A southbound Yellow Line train derailed near the Howard station in Rogers Park at about 2:10 p.m., the Sun-Times reports.

The CTA website listed the derailment as the cause of “significant” delays on the Red Line, which connects with the Yellow at the Howard station. Purple line trains that also connect there could also be affected, the Sun-Times reports.

The incident could affect the commute of Loyola University Chicago students, faculty and staff riding the Red Line between the university’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park and the Water Tower Campus downtown.

Click here for the complete Sun-Times story: DERAIL

Buddha faces set to occupy Rogers Park

A Buddha Face on Sheridan.
Photo by Gabe Johnson.

By Gabe Johnson

Ten Thousand Ripples, a  Chicago non-profit, has plans to place several large Buddha face sculptures across Rogers Park over the course of the next few weeks in order  to promote peace and nonviolence.

Changing Worlds, a Chicago educational arts organization, has partnered with local artist Indira Johnson to create the masks which will be placed in neighborhoods across Chicago, including Rogers Park, within the coming months.

Christopher Skrable, 39,  is the service-learning program manager at Loyola University Chicago and a member of the advisory council for the project.

“To me, the main goal of Ten Thousand Ripples is to provide a meaningful, innovative, and multi-modal platform for Chicago residents to reflect and converse about peace, nonviolence, spirituality, and our personal and collective potential to create a more beautiful world.”   Skrable said.

Skrable also believes that the project will have a positive impact on the Loyola community.

“It is my hope that engaging with the project’s images will encourage students to think about what they can do to make our local communities and their home communities more peaceful places…and, having thought about it, that they will be inspired to act that vision into reality.” Skrable said.

Rachel Roesner, 20, a junior biology major at Loyola, is also assisting with the project and excited about how the project has enabled her to become more in touch with the community.

“What I like most about Ten Thousand Ripples in Rogers Park are the people I have met,” Roesner said. “Being a Loyola student, my interactions mostly consist of students, professors and strangers on the street, but after my involvement with Ten Thousand Ripples, I have met many different people in my community who are all passionate and interested in promoting peace and nonviolence in the Rogers Park community.”

Loyola students on board for Wilson L station improvements

CTA rendering of new Wilson Station

By Jessica Peker

Loyola University Chicago students will have more commuting options thanks to the Chicago Transit Authority’s  plans to completely renovate the Wilson Avenue L station.

An artist’s rendered photo, published by The Chicago Tribune, shows what the newly constructed stop will look like: a much more modernized L station, vastly different than what exists there now.

Currently, the Wilson stop is most frequently used by Loyola University Chicago students living in Rogers Park to go to Target, which is located just one block north of the station.

“I think that this construction is important because many students use the Wilson stop when going to Target, and, right now, that stop can seem a little unsafe,” said Emily Katz, a 19-year-old sophomore anthropology major.

As the Uptown neighborhood, where the Wilson Avenue stop is located, is often known for its high crime rate, CTA renovations could bring about another positive aspect, aside from just providing more pleasing aesthetics.

“I think that this construction will also make the station more safe,” Katz said.

In addition to elevators and full glass and steel constructs, the CTA will also be adding a dual platform in order to allow for the Purple Line to stop at Wilson Avenue. Construction is slatred to begin next year.

“I was very excited at the thought of how convenient it will now be for me to travel to certain neighborhoods,” said John Conway, a 22-year-old senior majoring in psychology.

While a majority of Loyola students live closer to the Rogers Park campus, it isn’t uncommon for upperclassmen to find housing further south, often times between Loyola’s Rogers Park and Water Tower Campuses.

“For someone like myself who lives downtown, getting to Evanston requires that I take almost every stop of the Red Line north to Howard before transferring to the Purple Line,” Conway said.

The option to transfer to the Purple Line at Wilson could provide a large time-saving service for northbound travelers.

“This would most certainly eliminate at least a half hour of travel time that it normally takes me to get to Evanston,” Conway said.

Despite the positive reactions, there are students who express concerns regarding the potential travel delays during construction, as well as what other benefits, if any, will exist with these changes.

The CTA will hold public meetings to share more details and information regarding the planned renovations.

“I do like that they are holding a meeting to generate ideas and concerns from local residents and business owners,” said Kelly Silay, a 22-year-old in her first year of Loyola’s Master’s in Social Work program.

“I hope they truly listen to the public and make them a significant part of the development of this project.”

Loyola gathers to remember deceased student

Memorial for John Versnel.
Photo by Kevin Gottlieb

By Kevin Gottlieb

Members of the Loyola University Chicago community gathered for a memorial service Monday evening to pay tribute to a student who died over the weekend.

John Versnel IV, 21, a senior and mathematics major, passed away early Saturday when he fell onto an electrified rail at the Loyola Red Line station.

Approximately 300 people attended the service, located in Madonna della Strada Chapel on the university’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park.

Patrick Dorsey, S.J. conducted the ceremony and offered words of remembrance about Versnel, his joy, and his high level of participation on campus.

“It is never easy when a loved one passes. John loved life,” Dorsey said. “He loved to play lacrosse, he was heavily involved in the mathematics department and he was very close to the Ultimate Frisbee team.”

Anthony Giaquinto, professor and chairman of Loyola’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, told the crowd about Versnel’s academic achievements.

“John’s desire to explore was wonderful. He had a vibrant, positive attitude and worked vigorously,” Giaquinto said. “His work will be published and bear his name.”

James Ferrell, Versnel’s roommate, lamented his friend’s early passing, an emotion shared by many students at the service.

“Not having John anymore sucks,” Ferrell said. “It’s not fair. It hurts.”

Jack Gibbons, another friend of Versnel’s, told those in attendance of the great impact that Versnel made in his life.

“I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I had never met John,” Gibbons said.

Steven Patske, 21, a junior majoring in theology and philosophy, was very touched by the service.

“This is a good chance to step back to see the vulnerability of life and appreciate the ones you have. The memorial was beyond moving. [Loyola] has so many cliché branding words to describe the school, but tonight ‘community’ hit home for me,” said Patske at the reception held after in McCormick Lounge. “John’s a guy that people knew and loved.”

Rogers Park Red Line robbery suspect arrested

A man accused of robbing a Red Line passenger at knife point in Rogers Park was arrested and charged with felony armed robbery.

Here is a portion of the Chicago Tribune story:

Sherman Wilson, 55, of the 7400 block of North Ashland Avenue, brandished a silver knife on the Red Line headed toward Howard Street, demanding that a rider hand over his wallet, cellphone and watch, authorities said. Wilson struggled with the victim, pushing him to the ground and taking his watch, prosecutors said.

Wilson was arrested Thursday when a Chicago Transit Authority security guard recognized him from surveillance video of the Red Line attack, prosecutors said. Sherman was arrested at the Jarvis Avenue station in Rogers Park. Chicago Police Department News Affairs did not have information about when the robbery occurred.

Wilson was charged with felony armed robbery and is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond.

Read the entire Tribune story here: RED LINE