ROGERS PARK — The new plaza at Loyola Station will see a flurry of events this summer, including a farmers market, yoga classes and live music.
The station plaza was bankrolled by Loyola University during last year's major station renovation. The university spent $18 million on the station plaza, an adjacent apartment building and an improved pedestrian crosswalk on Sheridan Road.
Work wrapped up late last summer on the plaza.
The series of events — called "Summer on the Plaza" — is being organized by Ald. Joe Moore (48th), Loyola University and the Rogers Park Business Alliance, according to a Monday morning email from Moore to constituents.
The plaza events "will foster a vibrant sense of place and support the continued economic development in the area, while highlighting the talented artists who live and work in our community," Moore said.
• From 3-7 p.m. on Mondays, the Loyola Farmers Market will offer local produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, seasonal jams and more, according to Moore.
• From 3-8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, local performers — including magician Magister Freud and musical groups Blue Shag, Pipetone, Lunar Moo and the Urban Rhythm Band — will perform in the plaza. Loyola's ChainLinks bike shop also plans to offer its services. The Edgewater Athletic Club plans to host group fitness exercise sessions, Moore said.
• Saturday mornings will feature puppet shows, artwork from students at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, CirquesExperience Wheel Jam and more, Moore said.
Loyola Spokeswoman Maeve Kiley said the university had agreed to fund $75,000 to help pay for public events at the plaza. The Rogers Park Business Alliance, through the Sheridan Road special service area taxing district, has committed at least $5,000 a year for events, said Sand Price, the business alliance's executive director.
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