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November 14, 2023

Cortex aglow - a drive thru wintertime light display

See the Cortex Commons aglow from November 22 – January 7 as we celebrate the holiday season in St. Louis. This winter-themed photo opp offers lighted snowflakes, including one over 12 feet in height and illuminated trees in this easy-access environment along Boyle between Clayton and Forest Park Avenues. Drive by or stop for a selfie with the snowflakes to remember the season.


Want to learn more about what else is going on in the District? Have something you would like to see featured on the Cortex District Event Calendar or an upcoming Cortex Connections newsletter? Check out the District calendar and submit features here.

District Food Features
Looking for something to eat in or around the Cortex District? We have you covered! Check out some of the features below or browse the District Offerings on our website more even more ideas.
Wasabi Cortex Happy Hour 
Check out happy hour at Wasabi Cortex Monday through Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Find out more information and the menu here.  

Lunch is Back at Sunday Best

Just a 10 minute walk from Duncan and Boyle, Sunday Best is now open for lunch Wednesday through Friday. Check out their updated menu here.

IKEA Restaurant

IKEA Family members enjoy special IKEA Restaurant offers every Monday through Thursday. IKEA is a 9 minute walk from the intersection of Duncan and Boyle in the Cortex District. 


Monday: Meatless Monday. Veggie & Plant Ball plates, $3
Tuesday: Spend $20 in the Restaurant and get 20% off in the Swedish Food Market
Wednesday: Two kid’s entrees free with purchase of adult entrée
Thursday: $1 off Swedish Meatballs 

Black Mountain Wine House

Our neighbor in the Central West End - Black Mountain Wine House offers over 20 wines by the glass and a full kitchen serving comfort food. Check out a wine tasting on Mondays or visit them for a pasta dinner special on Tuesdays.


Black Mountain Wine House is just a 10 minute walk from the intersection of Duncan and Boyle in the Cortex District. 

Mindfulness and Music: CIC Lunch and Learn
Molly is a board-certified music therapist, trained in how to use music to help people regulate their emotions and build strong coping skills for everyday life. Join us while we explore how music impacts our nervous system and how we can use our favorite music to improve our day! Lunch will be provided! 
Cortex District members welcome. RSVP here
CIC Holiday Packages
Want to have a holiday party at CIC with your company? Check out our Holiday Party offerings! If your interested, reach out to the CIC events team! 
Filament Friday
Filament Friday is a unique blend of networking, co-working, and skill-sharing where you can meet new innovation-focused peers, find new ways to overcome current work challenges, and roll up your sleeves to make real progress on that project that never seems to get off the ground. You’ll leave with new connections, actionable strategies, and innovative ideas you can implement right away.

Join November 17 starting at 9:00 a.m. to plug into our innovative community for the day. Then at 3:00, we’ll transition into an early networking happy hour. RSVP here

Affordable Christmas

Join CIC on Sarah residents, 1904labs in supporting Mission: St. Louis' Affordable Christmas program. Now through December 1 you can drop new toys at collection boxes at 20 S. Sarah, 4240 Duncan and 4220 Duncan.  


You will also be able to donate new and clean used coats, hats, gloves, scarves and blankets for St. Patrick Center now thru - February at the same locations.


Affordable Christmas is a holiday event that allows families from under-resourced communities to provide Christmas for their children. Families can shop for gifts at drastically reduced prices at our Affordable Christmas store. In 2023, the event provided new toys to over 1,750 children in the St. Louis.

District Updates

Ongoing Construction at Goodwill Building

Demolition is ongoing at the Goodwill building located at 4140 Forest Park Ave. Subscribe to Cortex's Notification System, RAVE, for more detailed updates on the project and it's impact on the District. Subscribe here. 


Neuroscience Research Building (NRB) Kaldi's Cafe

Beginning October 23rd, NRB Kaldi's will operate under modified hours of Mon-Fri 8am-2pm and offer a limited menu. The modified hours and menu will be effective until January 2024. 


Medical Center Street Work Notification on Duncan

Sachs Electric (ArchKey) began working in August on the medical campus to extend conduit on Duncan Ave to the Goodwill Building @4140 Forest Park. The work requires road closure of Duncan Ave, which is happening Monday through Friday overnight. At the end of each shift, their traffic control will be removed, and traffic will resume normal activity.  Road plates will be utilized to protect the excavations. Weather permitting, the planned duration of this work is through November 22. All work to be done in evening/night shifts. Please direct any questions to James Wiliams 770-990-3027 or james.williams2@bjc.org. Sent on behalf of Barnes-Jewish Hospital.


Cortex 1- Parking Lot Gate Project

Weather permitting, the parking lot gate project will begin on Monday, October 23rd. The entrances from Boyle and Duncan will be closed (gates 1 and 3). These entrances will reopen Monday, November 6th and the entrances from Forest Park and Boyle (gates 2 and 4) will be closed until Monday, November 20th. We ask that all employees be cautious of the parking lot work and remain at a safe distance at all times. Please also inform any guests of this work before their visit. For any questions, please contact the management office at 314.392.0400.

Now Hiring


DIRECTOR OF GRANTS MANAGEMENT: BioSTL is seeking a Director of Grants Management to oversee all compliance and reporting for Federal, State, and other agency or private grants awarded to BioSTL, and to assist in the research and application process for all grant opportunities.  


U.S. OFFICE & FINANCE COORDINATOR: A Swedish, Nasdaq-listed medical device company that develops, manufactures, and markets CE and FDA-cleared patient monitoring systems. Experiencing rapid sales growth and is relocating its US operations from Boston to St Louis has secured a lease in St. Louis, and actively recruiting a US commercial team of approximately twenty employees home-based and spread across the continent.


HEALTHCARE INNOVATION & ADVISORY DIRECTOR: GlobalSTL is hiring a Healthcare Innovation & Advisory Director to lead and grow its growing two-sided healthcare innovation and business development platform comprising a consortium of 22 healthcare organizations.

Do you have a position opening to share with the District? Send the details to connections@cortexstl.org by Monday for posting each week.
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Ride the MetroLink with the convenient Cortex Station at the edge of 4240 Duncan Ave. 
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