Friday, July 29, 2016

Rosebud's Artist's Cafe Apparently Coming to Old Artist's Cafe Spot (1150 S. Wabash)

A pretty big restaurant tidbit on Eater Chicago recently about a respected group comes to the Sloop:
There are also two other nuggets. A liquor license application shows Rosebud is taking over The Artist’s Cafe in the South Loop. The restaurant, which closed earlier this summer, has been renamed on the application to Rosebud’s Artist’s Cafe. A spokeswoman didn’t return comment when asked about the project.
As you may recall, back in early June a reader noticed that Artist's Cafe was apparently closed.  We have gone by since then and clearly they weren't reopening.

So instead it appears we're getting a Rosebud (or some iteration of it).  Does anyone have more info?

Regardless, seems like a good improvement to the restaurant scene.

(Hat tip: AG!)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Gym Planned for 1449 S. Michigan (Big Shoulders Chicago) Not Happening

A reader writes:
I noticed the sign for Big Shoulders Chicago is gone from 1449 S Michigan and they have been pretty quiet on social media (also never saw them at the farmers market). Per below it looks like the location didn't work out so I wonder if this is a dead deal at this point. 
Thought I'd send your way in case anyone else was interested. They were originally slated to open in August.
The other email referenced is:
Thanks for checking in! Due to some epic issues with the building we just couldn't make BSC happen at 1449. We're on the hunt for other property! I'll keep you posted!

As a reminder, we posted about this new gym coming to south Michigan back in early February.  This news isn't surprising frankly.  The building they were going to build in was in BAD shape!

Hope they find a new spot soon.

(Hat tip: TG!)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Progress at the Southeast Corner of 14th and Michigan

A reader writes:
Left = Firehouse
Right = postal union building demolition
Progress in the South Loop continues

The picture above speaks loudly for south Michigan.  We've spent a decent amount of time covering the (slow) progress at the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant, but the picture above starts to showcase movement at the lot which will become the 15-story mixed use high-rise that will be anchored by Rush Hospital.

(Hat tip:  PK!)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Kamin: Irregardless of Lucas Museum, Turn Soldier Field Parking Lot into Green Space

Chicago Tribune columnist Blair Kamin makes the case that now that there has been all this attention on a lakefront parking lot, why doesn't Rahm take matters into his own hand and transform this eye sore into green space (via Chicago Tribune): 
Now that a month has passed since "Star Wars" creator George Lucas withdrew his misguided plan to build a museum on Chicago's lakefront, it's time for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to get over the defeat and turn his attention to transforming the ugly parking lot where the museum would have been built into what it always should have been — a prime stretch of shoreline green space.  
Admittedly, that won't be easy. The mayor is said to remain angry about the loss of the $743 million museum. He continues to predict that the lot will remain an eyesore long into the future because Friends of the Parks thwarted Lucas' plan.  
Yet if Emanuel is guided by his better angels — the ones that led him to champion exemplary open-space projects such as the expanded downtown Riverwalk and the 606 trail — he could turn the Lucas debacle into a triumph and a choice illustration of his oft-quoted maxim, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste."
Seems like a tall task.  We can dream though...

Sunday, July 24, 2016

#ShotsAroundTheSloop: Quite the Storm

Quite the little storm this evening in the Sloop!  Hope everyone is safe.

A couple readers sent us some photos.  This first one was from Square One (14th and Michigan).  Apparently the door blew off:

Oh and we got another double rainbow shot:

(Hat tip:  PK, AOB!)

#ShotsAroundTheSloop: Who Are These Guys?

No seriously...does anyone know?

(Hat tip:  JH!)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Sloopin Open House:
Built-In Bookshelves and a View

One of the more historic buildings in the Sloop, the Transportation Building at 600 S. Dearborn, has an interesting past.  It also has been converted into a residential building and has some unique units.

This one caught our eye because of the built-in bookshelf.  Maybe not the most important feature when looking for a home, but something nice nonetheless:

This building also tends to have nice views and this unit is no exception if you're a fan of the Willis Tower:

This specific unit is a 1bd/1bth and is listed for $235K (but doesn't appear to have parking included).

If you haven't been to the building, it's worth a gander.  The open house is this Sunday, July 24th (11-1pm).

Friday, July 22, 2016

Police Officer Shot in Sloop Last Night at Fort Dearborn Park

A scary scene at a popular park and area of the neighborhood (Chicago tribune):
A Chicago police officer assigned to bike patrol on the Near South Side was shot in the leg and a suspect was killed in an exchange of gunfire after the man began "acting erratically" at a park in the Prairie District neighborhood Thursday evening, authorities said. 
The officer was taken by fellow officers to Northwestern Memorial Hospital from the shooting at Battle of Fort Dearborn Park after suffering what police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said were non-life-threatening injuries. 
The man killed by police was identified Friday morning as Derek Love, 50. He was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at 8:49 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Given all the shooting news recently involving police officers, it's always scary when these headlines pop up - especially when it's this close to home.

(Hat tip: TM, BB, JG, MS, NS!)

Response from Kerasotes Theaters About Parking Post Last Week

We received the following email from Kerasotes about a recent complaint from a reader:
To Whom It May Concern:  
The following post to Sloopin contains some inaccuracies that should be corrected: 
To be 100% clear – the theatre has not changed ownership as the article indicates. The Chicago ShowPlace ICON Theatres location is still independently owned and family operated by Chicago-based Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres.  
The parking garage at The Shops at Roosevelt Collection is owned by the shopping center, and managed by Standard Parking. Since opening in 2009, we were allowed by the shopping center to absorb the cost of parking for our guests – but unfortunately, this arrangement is no longer permitted.

Our answer to this situation is to provide all of our paid admission guests with a $7.00 Rebate in the form of a concession voucher valid at the Concession Stand or LoBBY LoUNGE (for guests 21+) within the same visit on the same day with each paid parking. On top of this, we’re offering unlimited refills on popcorn, soda, and ICEE. Plus, for EXTRAS Program Members – we are extending a savings of $1.75 on each RealD 3D experience surcharge, plus savings of up to $8.00 per ticket when you are signed in through our app or website when purchasing tickets. Factor in the $6.50 movies our members are eligible to see, or the free VIP upgrades – and we have a blockbuster deal for our loyal guests!  
As an alternative to parking – we are also incredibly accessible via the CTA (Red, Blue, Green, and Orange Lines – plus bus routes), Metra, and South Shore. For further questions about parking at The Shops at Roosevelt Collection – you may dial 312.583.0818 or visit: For further questions about our offers for our guests – please feel free to reach out to me, or any member of our guest services team.  
We would love to hear from the reader who made this post to your page – and they are more than welcome to contact us at via, or by dialing 312.775.3160.
(Hat tip:  NAS!)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Big News on the Old Post Office - Court Approves Agreement for New Owner to Begin Rennovation

Some big news yesterday on arguably the biggest real estate quagmire in our neighborhood (via Sun-Times):
The vacant Old Main Post Office that hovers over the Eisenhower Expressway is about to be converted from a dilapidated civic embarrassment into a bevy of construction activity.  
Five months after Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s bold threat to seize control of the giant hulk, the city has reached a court-approved agreement with its new owner, 601W Companies LLC, to begin a five-year, $500 million renovation and restoration.
So what's planned for this building?  Here is what they're saying:
Strict and staggered deadlines have been set through 2018 to correct more than 20 code violations cited by the city since 2012. The work also will include: replacing the building’s massive roof; restoring its historic lobby; repairing building facades; new high-speed elevators; and overhauling the electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation systems. 
Only after that nitty-gritty work is done can the decaying building be converted into commercial office space expected to house up to 12,000 people. The construction project alone is expected to take about 1,500 building trades workers. 
After the three-phase renovation, it is hoped tenants will be drawn to a strategically located building with 18-foot ceilings and wide-open floor plans of up to 250,000 square feet per floor. 
The final product also will include a landscaped riverwalk open to the public and a 3-acre rooftop park.

Seems like a major step for the northwest side of the Sloop.  We've learned to temper our excitement for this building over the year and will continue to do that.  Seems like progress, but we will see.

(Hat tip:  FD!)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

National Teachers Academy (55 W. Cermak) Opening a Tuition-Based Preschool

A reader writes:
For those who are in need of a full day preschool, National Teachers Academy (NTA) is opening a tuition-based preschool. June 1 was when they first opened up for applications, but I believe they are still accepting them (I'm not sure of their hours). Here's a link to their website: The link to the application is in the upcoming events area. The screenshot is below. Thought I'd share! 

(Hat tip:  VH!)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Nando's Peri Peri Chicken Planning On Sunday, July 24th Opening at Roosevelt Collection

A reader writes:
Nando's chicken looks close to opening at the Roosevelt Collection. Just finishing the final touches on the inside:

According to their website looks like they're shooting for a week from Sunday:
Our newest nest will be opening on Sunday, July 24 in the Roosevelt Collection in South Loop! Come out starting at 11 a.m. for your first taste of PERi-PERi chicken and stay for our incredible views of the Chicago skyline.
(Hat tip: TM!)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Gun Shots Ring Out at White Palace Grill on Saturday Morning

From WGN:
There were some scary moments for diners at the popular White Palace Grill in the South Loop Saturday morning, as shots were fired inside of the diner during the breakfast hours. Luckily, no one inside was hurt. 
Shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday, manager Peter Chiampas says two men who were eating inside of the diner at Roosevelt and Canal started arguing, so he told them to step outside. 
That's when he says the fight escalated, and each man pulled out a gun and started shooting at each other. Bullets shattered glass windows and tore through the building's facade. Luckily, no one inside was hurt.
(Hat tip: MK!)