Loyola hosts St. Patrick’s Day concert

By Amanda Bonafiglia

As the St. Patrick’s Day festivities came to an end, Loyola welcomed students to a free St. Patrick’s Day concert in the Centennial Student Forum from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday. The concert was hosted by Loyola’s Department of Programming and featured the  Irish band Character Fleadh

“We wanted a band that could bring the Irish spirit to campus,” said Matt Ackman, concert director for Loyola’s Department of Programming. “Character Fleadh knows traditional Irish and Celtic music but they bring a unique contemporary flare to it.”

The band played song after song that students of all nationalities and cultures could  enjoy.  The members of Character Fleadh are originally from Chicago and travel throughout the area playing acoustic folk Irish music at public and private events all year, not only on St. Patrick’s Day.

Several of the Irish students at Loyola were excited to celebrate their heritage during the concert.  For some, the Chicago area brought the celebration of the day to a different level.

“My father would always play Irish music on the piano to end our St. Patrick’s Day celebration,” said Bridget Fahey, a senior at Loyola. “I was so excited to attend the concert, it made me feel at home.”

However, not everyone attending the concert was of Irish decent.

“Being Italian, St. Patrick’s Day was an event we only celebrated in school,” said Allie Puleo, a freshman at Loyola. “However this year celebrating was much more exciting.  Hearing Character Fleadh play their unique sound allowed me to become part of the Irish heritage in my own way. ”

The event also featured traditional Irish food for those who attended the concert. While most of the food was different from the normal food offered on college campuses, students and friends were glad to add another level to their enjoyment of the celebration.  Corned beef, cabbage and potatoes, typical Irish items, were just some of the foods offered during the concert.

“We just wanted to bring as much Irish spirit to Loyola as we could,” said Matt Ackman. “The concert was the perfect end to a hectic and crowded St. Patrick’s Day.  It allowed students to see another side to the celebration.”

Bank closes, bike racks removed with Loyola L station remodeling

Photo By Rianne Coale
By Rianne Coale

There will be no more banking or biking at the Loyola Red Line Station , as a bank and the bicycle racks will be removed to make way for renovations being made to the station.

The Harris Bank branch located adjacent to the Loyola Red Line Station will be relocating on Friday, April 20 to a temporary facility close by.

The relocation is due to renovations that will be made to the Loyola Red Line Station later this year by the Loyola University Chicago and CTA team. Loyola has negotiated with it’s long term tenants, McDonald’s and Harris Bank, to demolish the building they reside in and develop an open plaza.

The bank will be located in a building at 6443 N. Sheridan Road and will open for business on Monday, April 23.

For additional information check out the full story at Rogers Park News, or for information on the Loyola Station renovations, click here.

The bicycle racks inside the Loyola Red Line station are scheduled to be removed on Monday morning due to renovations and will be replaced by newer racks at a later time.

Photo By Rianne Coale
Neon signs are taped to all the bike racks warning the current users to remove their bikes immediately.

For additional information contact the Chicago Department of Transportation Bicycle Program

The Loyola  Station will receive renovations thanks to a $7.5 million grant from U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and additional funds from the CTA.

In 2005, as part of setting the redevelopment priorities for the Devon-Sheridan Tax Increment Financing District (TIF), the community loudly and consistently proclaimed that the red line stop at Loyola was the top priority for the betterment of North Sheridan Road. Since 2005, Loyola has been lobbying to highlight the problems at the station and generate the interest that led to the $10 million commitment.

The funding will allow for safe & dry maintenance that includes new windows, flooring, plaster, paint, lighting, bird control and water proofing. At the viaduct the CTA will strip seal the structural joints and repair the columns.

Additionally, Loyola is working with the CTA to move the entrance to the station further north and west along the embankment. The goal is to create a safer and more inviting pedestrian entrance to the station and to the community. Loyola is negotiating with its long-term tenants, McDonald’s and Harris Bank, in order to demolish the building and develop an open plaza. The plaza will add approximately $2 million to the project that Loyola will contribute.

The entire project is in the CTA’s design phase and work on the viaduct could begin as early as August. The new entrance and plaza timeline is not yet established.