Whether you’re finishing up your graduate degree or rising in the ranks of your chosen field, you might feel like you’ve finally made it. You’ve come so far to get where you are, and now you want to help your fellow Windy City dwellers. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer right here in Downtown Chicago. Find a charity or non-profit organization that stands for something you believe in, and help make a change for good! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Being a Big Brother or Big Sister to an underprivileged youth could be one of the most fulfilling things you ever do. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago gives you the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better. Not only can you assist a “Little” on their path to accomplishing big things, but you can also have fun in the process! Embrace this opportunity, and apply to become a “Big” today.

Help families fleeing war and oppression in their home countries to start a new life here in Chicago by volunteering with RefugeeOne. You can tutor refugee children, provide interpretation assistance and help families navigate Chicago’s healthcare system. You can also donate financially, advocate for refugee and immigrant rights, and even hire a refugee if you’re in the position to do so.

Chicago Lighthouse
If you’re interested in serving the elderly and disabled members of our community, donate your time and skills to Chicago Lighthouse. Opportunities range from leading art classes for seniors to reading newspaper articles on the radio for the visually impaired to assisting in the administration department.

Greater Chicago Food Depository
Volunteers at the Greater Chicago Food Depository help to repack bulk products into family-sized portions and distribute this food to hungry people across Cook County. Individuals, families and community groups can all find ways to get involved with this great organization.

Habitat for Humanity
Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity helps build homes for families in need. Volunteers participate at construction sites, perform “A Brush with Kindness” home repair projects, and donate supplies and money to make this charity’s goals a reality.

FreeGeek Chicago
If you have computer skills, put them to use with FreeGeek Chicago. This organization turns old computer parts into working systems to give economically disadvantaged community members the ability to access the internet and the wealth of knowledge available there.

The opportunities to give back to the community in Downtown Chicago are nearly endless! Of course, at the end of a fulfilling day of volunteering, you want a safe, comfortable place to return home to. For luxury living in South Loop, check out everything Alta Roosevelt has to offer. Enjoy stunning views of the Chicago skyline, a lavish rooftop pool and spa, and convenient onsite amenities like tailoring and dry cleaning. Browse our available floor plans, and when you’re ready to learn more, contact us at 312.345.5364.


Living in South Loop presents you with plenty of nearby date spots to choose from. Whether you’re looking for sushi, tapas, brunch or drinks, you can find what you’re looking for in this part of town. Take a look at seven of the best spots to take your date in South Loop.

M Lounge
Located on Wabash Ave, M Lounge is the place to go for classy ambiance, delicious drinks and live music on certain nights of the week. Chill with an unpretentious crowd and enjoy an evening out with your date at M Lounge.

Villain’s Black Market Craft
Looking for a delicious dinner, delectable dessert and distinctive drafts? Look no further than Villain’s Black Market Craft on Clark St. Their burgers and fries are one of Chicago’s best-kept secrets, and you can sip on hard-to-find beers to your heart’s content.

Meli Café
This American restaurant on Dearborn St is a great place to enjoy a deli brunch, lounge music and top-notch service. The food is fresh and the atmosphere is inviting, making Meli Café the perfect place to take your date.

Mercat a la Planxa
For Spanish-style tapas in South Loop, try this restaurant on Michigan Ave. Enjoy a slow-paced evening with fine wine, charcuterie, paellas and small plates from the tasting menu. The bacon-wrapped dates, in particular, are to die for!

You can’t live in South Loop and not check out Giordano’s on Michigan Ave, one of the most celebrated pizza places in Chicago. You might have to wait for a table, but the unforgettable experience laughing and eating deep-dish pizza with your date is well worth it.

Spoke & Bird
For a daytime date, check out Spoke & Bird on 18th St. Sip matcha lattes together or day-drink beer from South Loop Brewing and other local breweries. Whether you go here for breakfast, lunch or an early dinner, you’ll want to check out the huge patio and soak in the gorgeous Chicago weather.
South Coast Sushi

With an extensive seafood menu, great drink options and a romantic atmosphere, South Coast Sushi on Michigan Ave is one of the best date spots in South Loop. Order one of the specials from the sushi bar and watch food artists create your meal from scratch. You’ll leave feeling full, happy and satisfied with a date gone well.

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With annual traditions such as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, dyeing the Chicago River green, and drinking at some of the area’s best bars, South Loop is a popular place to revel in everything Irish on March 17. Here are some of the best spots to show off your shamrocks and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago South Loop.

The Chicago River

Start off your St. Paddy’s Day with the annual dyeing of the Chicago River at 9:00 am on March 17. To get an optimal view of the bright green water, head to the east side of the Michigan Ave bridge, the west side of the Columbus Dr bridge or the Upper or Lower Wacker Dr between Michigan Ave and Columbus Dr.

Grant Park
The Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at noon at the intersection of Columbus and Balboa and heads north to Monroe St. You won’t want to miss the parade march through Grant Park, but we suggest taking the train or bus rather than driving to avoid a parking headache. Fortunately, the main viewing area near Buckingham Fountain is less than a 20-minute walk from Alta Roosevelt luxury South Loop apartments.

O’Neil’s on Wells
Expect a festive, welcoming atmosphere at O’Neil’s on Wells if you decide to go here on St. Paddy’s Day. Even if the Irish sports bar is busy for the holiday, expect quality service, quick drinks and in-house entertainment. You might even get to see live Irish bagpipers show off their stuff!

Kasey’s Tavern
Located on Dearborn St, Kasey’s Tavern is a happening hotspot every St. Paddy’s Day. The atmosphere is inviting, the many large TVs are always tuned to Chicago sports stations, and the amazing rotating tap gives you plenty of beer options to choose from. The friendly wait staff gives Kasey’s a fun local pub feel that you and your friends are bound to enjoy.

Bar Louie
For boneless wings or chips and dip paired with your favorite beer or martini, come to Bar Louie on Polk St for St. Patrick’s Day. The casual yet well-kept interior provides a homey feel for anyone looking for a relaxing way to celebrate on March 17.

Kitty O’Shea’s
Nothing says St. Patrick’s Day like corned beef and cabbage at an Irish pub. Kitty O’Shea’s is located inside the Hilton on Michigan Ave, but anyone passing by can pull up a barstool, order some wings and spiral fries, and enjoy a pint of beer. The laidback atmosphere could be just what you and your friends are looking for.

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