The South Loop Historical Society is a non-profit virtual history museum on the Internet at SouthLoopHistory.org, focused on the area bounded by Congress Parkway on the north, the South Branch of the Chicago River on the west, the Stevenson Expressway on the south, and Lake Michigan on the east. The mission of the organization is to connect area residents to the rich and vibrant history of Chicago’s South Loop and serve as a framework to provide area students an opportunity for scholarship, research, and management experience.
The SLHS is currently operated and staffed by East-West University, with an advisory board of university faculty and staff, area historians, and dedicated community members. East-West University plans to establish a permanent physical location for the South Loop Historical Society to allow for lectures, discussion, research and exhibits.
The SLHS intends to accumulate funds for events, exhibits, and operating funds through membership pledges and grants. Membership fees will be held to the lowest level possible to involve as many members as possible. The organization will encourage local students to participate in original research projects, gain experience in the operation of a non-profit organization, and develop an interest in the value of history.
The South Loop Historical Society Advisory Board currently includes:
Mr. Kenneth Benson, Real Estate and Construction Consultant
Mr. Jeff Case, Partner, Holabird & Root
Ms. Lori Grove, Grants Specialist, East-West University
Dr. M. Wasiullah Khan, Chancellor, East-West University
Ms. Anita Hsueh Luk, Executive Director, Chinese-American Museum of Chicago
Mr. Zafar Malik, Associate Dean of Development & University Relations, East-West University
Mr. Dennis McClendon, Design Director, Chicago CartoGraphics
Mr. Bruce Moffat, Manager, Traffic Engineering, Chicago Transit Authority
Ms. Connie Murphy, Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center
Ms. Jill Hamrin Postma, Research Center Librarian, Adler Planetarium
Ms. Bonnie Sanchez-Carlson, Executive Director, Near South Planning Board
Mr. John C. Thomas, Director of Public Relations, East-West University
Mr. William Tyre, Executive Director, Glessner House Museum
Dr. Ekkehard-Teja Wilke, Associate Provost, East-West University
Mr. R. Conrad Winke, Associate Dean of the Library and Academic Research, Columbia College Chicago
To join the South Loop Historical Society, click here.