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Loyola University Chicago Students Open New Pizzeria in Rogers Park
Student Enterprise Brings a Taste of Rome to Chicago
CHICAGO, March 21, 2012 – Loyola Limited, Loyola University Chicago’s undergraduate student-run and managed business enterprise, will open their fourth business, Felice’s Roman Style Pizza, on Saturday, February 25. Located in Rogers Park, at 6441 North Sheridan Road, Felice’s incorporates a modern look with the traditions and taste of a Roman pizzeria.
Felice’s offers fresh, homemade pizza, soups, and salads. In true Roman style, customers will pay by the ounce and the pizza crust is made thin. Open for lunch, dinner, and late night, the pizzeria will cater to Loyola students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community.
In addition to providing another local dining option in the neighborhood, Felice’s offers employment and professional growth opportunities for students. The restaurant employs 40 undergraduate students and its executive team oversees all facets of the business, including operations, finance, human resources, and marketing.
“Felice’s is the best experience that Loyola could have offered me,” said Sean Connolly, president of Felice’s. “I have learned on-the-job, essential skills that can’t be taught in a classroom–most importantly, how to be confident in my own decisions, how to work with other people, and how to manage my time effectively.”
The pizzeria is named after John Felice, founder of Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center (JFRC), located in Rome, Italy. The JFRC opened its doors in spring 1962, and is Loyola’s most prominent study abroad program to date. Loyola Limited students are thrilled to honor John Felice with the grand opening of Felice’s Roman Style Pizza, which coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the JFRC program.
John Felice advocated personal growth and higher learning through travel and education. Felice’s Roman Style Pizza celebrates his passion and the overall study abroad experience. Maria Signore, director of finance at Felice’s, looks forward to commemorating Felice and his legacy on Loyola’s campus.
“John Felice is a symbol and a legend for students who go to Italy. Being one of the founders of Felice’s is just like getting the chance to live in Italy, and it’s a dream come true,” said Signore. “I’ve always wanted to open my own business. My classes gave me the tools I needed, but Loyola Limited gave me the ability to actually use and refine those tools and create it.”
Felice’s reinforces Loyola Limited’s vision of giving students an experiential learning opportunity by allowing them to run and manage their own businesses. To learn more about Felice’s Roman Style Pizza, visit www.loyolalimited.com/felices.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m.to 10 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Sunday: Noon to 9 p.m.
About Loyola Limited
Loyola Limited is the parent company of Loyola University Chicago’s undergraduate student enterprises. Founded in 2010, it was established by seven undergraduates who had a vision to create several student-operated businesses around campus. To date, Loyola Limited employs more than 70 undergraduate students. All associates, directors, and C-level executives have the opportunity to receive internship credit. The company’s first business, The Flats at Loyola Station, is a 10-unit luxury guesthouse. Loyola Limited launched Loyola Property Management, a firm that manages Loyola’s real-estate portfolio, in July 2011. ChainLinks, a bike rental and repair business, opened in August 2011. By continuing to open and run new businesses, the enterprise teaches employees essential entrepreneurial skills.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university, with more than 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as a presence in Beijing and an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The University’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, continuing and professional studies, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, and social work. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, ‘like’ us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.