Filed under: Green Living, Life at The Morgan, Neighborhood Guide | Tags: Alexandra Vecchio, Chicago, Loyola Farmers' Market, Loyola University of Chicago, Rogers Park
We’re back this week with another feature on a specific Morgan resident who is making waves in the community. Last week, we talked with Will Song, owner of bopNgrill, Rogers Park’s hottest burger joint, which you can catch on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives next Friday. This week, we had a chance to talk to Alexandra Vecchio, a senior to-be at Loyloa University, and the school’s leader in sustainable and green initiatives.
Alexandra just joined The Morgan family this summer, but her commitment to helping make Chicago green is one we can definitely get behind. When faced with a rapidly approaching lease-end earlier this year, Alexandra turned to the leasing staff at The Morgan to help her find a well-suited room for her and her roommates. Of course, we were happy to help the trio find the right apartment-home.
“The Morgan is certainly the talk of the town, and recognized as the nicest building in the area,” Alexandra says of her new home. “They were a big help providing flexible options for us. Also, my mother is happy that we have someone at the front desk all through the night.”
A woman with a plan, Alexandra holds many roles at Loyola, all of which are tied to community development and green initiatives. This summer, much of her time was devoted to her duties as Assistant Manager of the Loyola Farmers’ Market, held every Monday. The entirely student conceptualized and planned farmers’ market welcomes local growers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan to sell their products to hungry and involved Rogers Park consumers.
Some of her favorite vendors include the Loyola Student Run Farm (exactly what it sounds like, located in Woodstock, IL), Armstrong Farm of Will County, BOT Bakery of Chicago and Tomato Mountain Farm of Brooklyn, WI. You can visit the market this coming Monday—and every following week until October 15—at the corner of Sheridan and Albion, just on the other side of the tracks from The Morgan.
That’s not all she does! As the Chief Sustainability Officer of the Unified Student Government Association at Loyola, Alexandra oversees any initiatives the university may be taking to improve the waste, energy use and repurposing systems in place. Her position as Chief Sustainability Officer dovetails well with another one of her designations: University Recycling Assistant. She is certainly accomplished.
We’re proud to have Alexandra as a member of our community. Say hi when you see her around, and discuss your recent purchases at the Loyola Farmers’ Market.
The Loyola Farmers’ Market is held every Monday from 3-7 PM between now and the end of September. From October 1st through the 15th, the market will be held from 2:30 to 6:30 PM. For more information, visit their website , “Like” their Facebook page or call (773) 508-8255.
Photo credit: Loyola University
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