Monday, July 15, 2019

Harbor - New Restaurant Slated for Former Gioco Space - In Process of Buildout on South Wabash

It was just a matter of time until someone move into this great space (via Tribune):
Four restaurant veterans with a passion for sailing plan to open Harbor (1312 S. Wabash Ave.) this fall in the South Loop.

Chef/partner Anthony Bernal (formerly of Mastro’s Steakhouse) will oversee an American menu that “pays homage to the Great Lakes and local rivers," but will expand enough to include a raw bar of oysters, shrimp, crab and clams.
We will take a cautiously optimistic view for this one.  Obviously words like "veterans" and "Mastro's" are good reason to believe they'll do well but we still question if this (presumaby) highend concept is right of this space and location.

Hopefully they knock it out of the park!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Man Fatally Stabbed on Red Line Train Near Cermak-Chinatown Yesterday Afternoon

A scary scene (via Tribune):
A man was fatally stabbed while riding a Red Line train near the Cermak-Chinatown station on Saturday afternoon in the South Loop. 
The incident caused major delays to Red Line service on Saturday.

Officers were called to a stabbing in the 100 block of West Cermak Road at 2:53 p.m., said police Officer Jessica Alvarez, a spokeswoman for the Chicago police.

The victim, 54, was aboard a southbound train when he and the assailant, who he did not know, began arguing.

#ShotsAroundTheSloop: For Rent

(Hat Tip:  MW!)

Saturday, July 13, 2019

So Maybe 1000M Isn't About to Rise?

Following up on a post from last week in regards to potential progress at 1000M, a reader writes with a correction:
Shot from the roof deck at 1001 S State - nothing happening and zero indication that caisson rigs were ever there.

Guess we'll see if this is a sign of more movement or not.

(Hat tip: JZ!)

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Bella Bronze Tan Abruptly Closes Up Shop at 1503 S. Michigan

A reader writes:
Hey Sloopin,
Any idea what happened to Bella Bronze Tanning Salon??? 
I stopped by yesterday afternoon (July 1st) and there was a masterlock on the outer door and the place looked cleaned out. I reached out to them in Instagram and haven’t gotten a response. I’ve regularly tanned there for 6 years, nothing emailed  and nothing in the last mailer about them closing.
Another reader writes:
Walked past the salon today and it is completely empty with a lock on the door? No notice that they closed or moved. Website and Instagram still active. Twitter shows they made a tweet on July 3rd regarding tanning specials. 
It looks like they had a tweet recently, but it looks pretty generic and may just be a reoccurring type of tweet.  We also called their phone number and the mailbox is full - which is obviously not a good a sign. 

Anyone have any scoop?

(Hat tip: L&C!)

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Caisson Machinery Show Up at 1000M Site - Could It Mean It's Ready to Rise?

A reader writes:
Looks like machines are in place to start caisson drilling for 1000M.

As a reminder, 1000M has been in discussion since back in 2016.  It's been slower moving than some other high-rises likely because it's a condo apartment (vs rental/hotel, etc).

If this actually gets going it would provide another statement highrise to our portion of the Chicago skyline as starchitect Helmut Jahn is behind the design:

(Hat Tip: AL!)

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Monday, July 8, 2019

Excavator Means Roots Pizzeria Ready to Breakground?

Some construction movement at (what we think will be) the new Roots Pizzeria at northwest corner of Dearborn and Polk.  An excavator is at the site:

As a reminder, there has been a lot of questions whether or not this was moving forward.  Last we heard - in June - all signs pointed to yes!

Hopefully they don't hit any more snags and get this one going.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Wabash Tap Looks to be "Reinventing"

We don't know much about the picture below, but it looks like it's pretty clear what they're doing:

While we've always appreciate the simplicity and dive-vibe of Wabash Tap, it always seemed like it could be more.  Will be interesting to see if they opt for the "lower end" of the bar market or reinvent for a more upscale experience.

As a reminder, Wabash Tap is owned by Mainstay Hospitality who also owns The Chicago Firehouse and used to own Grace O'Malley's and City Tavern (1416 S. Michigan - which is now Armand's Victory Tap).

Anyone have any more info?

(Hat tip:  R!)

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

String of Robberies in the Sloop Reported

While this story seems to pop up every now and again, it's good to be vigilant (via NBC5):
A victim of a crime, who says she had more than a $1,000-worth of items stolen, is warning others in the South Loop community about a burglar targeting homes in the area.
Residents in the South Loop say one suspect is likely responsible for several robberies in their neighborhood.
One of the incidents involved missing packages, occurred in a building located in the 1500 block of South Wabash Ave., while the other was reported on the 700 block of S. Financial Place.
A resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, provided photos and told NBC 5 that she had $1,500-worth of deliveries stolen this past Friday, including expensive jewelry and a TV.

There is a video segment NBC5 did if that's your sort of thing:

Friday, June 28, 2019

Looking at the New Apartments at the Old Ebony & Jet Building on Michigan Avenue

The Crusader checks-in on the new apartment building that took over the historic Ebony and Jet building at 820 S. Michigan:
The avant garde-designed test kitchen on the tenth floor is gone. Now, on all 11 floors are many, many kitchens, complete with brand-name, stainless steel refrigerators and ovens. And the front yard is still Grant Park.
Johnson Publishing Company may be gone, but its former headquarters in the South Loop lives on.

Vacant for nearly a decade, the historic landmark is humming again with a new purpose after a soft opening earlier this year. Reincarnated as a luxury apartment building, the house that John H. Johnson built to produce Ebony and Jet magazines is now called 820 South Michigan Avenue. It’s the address of a building that made history when Johnson was the first and only Black man to build his empire on Michigan Avenue.

So how much does it cost:
The monthly rent for a studio apartment at 820 South Michigan ranges from $1,499 to $1,575 depending on the size. For a one-bedroom apartment that is 494 square feet, residents pay $1,735, according to the website. The monthly rent for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment ranges from $2,395 to $2,495, for units as small as 692 square feet to as big as 795.
The neighborhood is flush with apartment units and the competition seems to only be increasing.  While the rooms look nice and modern, they also look sort of cramped by the pictures.  Some likely have unobstructed beautiful views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan, but is that enough to beat the competition? 

Maybe - we'll see. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Work Begins on the Wells-Wentworth Connector Road Within The 78

We've received some emails asking about activity at The 78 and it appears these perceptive readers were on to something (via Curbed):
With little fanfare, crews recently broke ground at “The 78,” a massive development replacing a 62-acre vacant lot along the Chicago River’s south branch.

Last week, crews operating half a dozen bulldozers were digging through patches of soil on the northwest side of the site adjacent to the river. The work is significant because it marks the initial phase of the construction of mixed-use megadevelopment as well as the final stage of the Wells-Wentworth Connector project.

In April, the city council approved Related Midwest’s $7 billion mixed-use megadevelopment—an ambitious plan to construct 13-million square feet of new residential, commercial, and retail space, a public-private research center, and a seven-acre crescent-shaped park.

As part of the project, the city approved a $700 million subsidy in the form of a tax increment financing (TIF) district to pay for infrastructure improvements in the neighborhood, including $364 million for the new Red Line station, the relocation of Metra tracks, and improvements on Clark Street.

The Wells-Wentworth Connector, the new road will directly connect the Loop and Chinatown by roadway for the first time, is another key part of The 78’s infrastructure. Related says it expects the work to be completed by the end of 2020.

The whole project has a long way to go, but this is a big step as it means there is finally progress coming to the vast open space.