Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Take 1 and Cut Salon Closes at 1315 S. Michigan

A reader writes:
The hair salon "Take 1 and Cut" at 1315 S. Michigan recently closed. The storefront is for rent. I think the salon was there for about 3 years.

We snapped the picture above, so can concur with the emailer.

This strip of retail spaces in this building seems to be a revolving door of businesses.  The only one that has had a stable presence is Happy Cleaners.

Any hypothesis on why this is the case?  Is there not enough foot traffic on this side of the street?  Or maybe it's just that the businesses weren't the most well thought out?

We did write last week that a new reflexology foot parlor was going to be opening up in this building.  Ha!

(Hat tip:  MJ!)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chuck D and Mavis Staples Feature Sloop in "Give We the Pride" Music Video

Well this isn't a new video, but a reader recently tipped us to it.  It definitely seems like the majority of the video was shot in the Sloop near and around the historic Chess Records at 2120 S. Michigan (which is now Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation):

It's a pretty catchy (however slightly cheesy) song and maybe not the most artistically advanced music video ever, but hey who are we to judge.


(Hat tip:  AR!)

Monday, June 29, 2015

705 S. Dearborn Retail Space Being Split Up? One Space Will Be Salon; Other TBD?

An update from a post we did last week about the empty retail space at 705 S. Dearborn in Printers Row.  A reader writes:
I live in the Donohue Building where Daniela's salon was. According to the dry cleaner next door, the new owners are dividing the space into two. (It's a big space.) One of the maintenance guys in my building says that at least one of the spaces will be—you'd better sit down—another salon. The other he doesn't know about. Hopefully something more interesting.


(Hat tip:  AA!)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Sloopin Open House:
Loft Living in the Franklin Building

This week on the Sloopin open house we return to South Dearborn Street and the historic Franklin Building (720 S. Dearborn).  The open house unit is an airy 1 bed/1 bath plus den with lots of window:

The cost comes in at just under $300K, but no parking.  However, you're close to the red line as well as a divvy station, so come on - embrace urban living!

This open house will take place on Saturday (6/27) from 11:30 - 1:30pm.

Friday, June 26, 2015

New Foot Reflexology Parlor Coming to 1319 S. Michigan

A reader writes:
Waked by this morning, saw doors wide open and it looked like construction was imminent. Then I noticed the permit for a foot reflexology parlor.

When we first saw this we assumed this was the DQ Luxury foot spa at 9th and Michigan relocating down the street.  We know people in the Sloop like to be pampered, but is there really a market to support two foot spas (not to mention all the pedicure places)?

But then again, what do we know.

Since this has sparked our curiosity, we at some point intend to try one of these places out.

(Hat tip:  MK!)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Looking Back at this Past Weekend's Dew Tour BMX/Skateboard Event

We've received some feedback from this past weekends Dew Tour event at Grant park.  Generally speaking it seems like it was a positive, interesting event with some fun photos:

But it wasn't all roses.  Another reader sent us this picture:
We can only hope that they will be footing the bill for any damage they do (similar to what C3 does for Lollapalooza).  Anyone have info on whether they will pay for this repair?

(Hat tip:  NM & WSR!)

Public Notice Appears for 4 Story Building at 839 S. Wells

A reader writes:
Currently this is a very rundown but active surface parking lot. Looks like someone has applied to convert it to a four-story retail & residential building. While many in the neighborhood will lament the loss of parking, this lot is an eyesore- the owners never pick up trash, keep up with curbside weeds and it's a home for rats. Interested to see what will become of this lot across from the almost-finished British School.

Just in case you can't read the public notice above it says:
To establish a 4 story retail/office on the ground floor and 42 dwelling units on the floors above with a rear setback reduction.
We're pretty sure this is the same land that we heard was going to be developed last November.  Not sure if this is the same plan or if this is a new one, but one thing is certain - this stretch on Wells is changing rapidly.

With the CMK/Lend Lease activity at Harrison/Chicago River and the Related Midwest activity just south of Roosevelt, the next 5 to 15 years should be interesting along Wells.

(Hat tip:  AM!)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Some Activity Inside the Former Daniela's Hair Salon (705 S. Dearborn)

A reader writes:
There seems to be some activity at the long closed Daniela's Salon and Day Spa on Dearborn. The For Sale/Rent sign seems to have disappeared and there is movement of fixtures and tools, etc., in the space.
I am not sure what is transporting here but it would be great to have this prime Printers Row space occupied again.

For those who are unfamiliar, Daniela's closed back in 2011.

This is one of the Sloop's most prime retail spots, so hopefully something noteworthy would go in here.  Seems ripe for a restaurant/bar.

Anyone have any scoop?

(Hat tip:  MS!)

Restaurant Updates:
Acadia Closed for Repairs; Ma & I Open Again

It seems like there has been a lot of questions surrounding restaurants in the Sloop.  With that said, wanted to quickly post a couple updates on things we've heard and read:

Acadia (1639 S. Wabash)
A reader writes:
Went over in the rain the other night and was disappointed to see Acadia closed for a good portion of the summer. I hope this post can save someone else from making the hike in this endless rainy season. But I really hope this is a real renovation and not "renovation."

While it's natural to be skeptical, according to Chicago Reader the building got damaged during the recent storms:
Ryan McCaskey's Acadia got soaked in the recent rains and will be closed for repairs for about two weeks. To help raise some cash, they're hosting a BBQ on the patio, with beer, DJ Adran Drake, and more. It's a $20 cover, this Sunday, 1-7 PM, rain (hopefully not) or shine.

Hopefully all goes well for our neighborhood high dinning gem!

Ma & I (1234 S. Michigan) 
A variety of readers tipped us to the fact that Ma & I was unexpectedly closed last week.  Well they have apparently sorted out any of the issues they had.  A reader writes:
Looks like Ma&I reopened for business - saw their windows open when I drove by this afternoon.

Good news for them and best of luck!

(Hat tip:  CM, MG, MK!)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Israel Idonije to Host Open House for His New Coworking Venture, The Bureau at 1420 S. Michigan Ave

We've written a couple times about The Bureau, the new co-working office space at 1420 S. Michigan.  We recently found out that they're having a open house for the business and more surprisingly that the venture is backed by Israel Idonije, the retired Chicago Bear:
It is open to all who are interested in a coworking, incubator and/or event space.
Tours will be provided and guests will receive a complimentary coworking day pass.
WHO: Retired Chicago Bear and 11-year NFL Veteran Israel Idonije
WHAT: Open House for The Bureau Chicago -- a coworking, incubator, and event space
WHERE: 1420 S. Michigan Ave.
WHEN: Thursday, June 25 12 pm to 7 pm Open House
The Israel Idonije Foundation now operates out of The Bureau Chicago along with a handful of small businesses and entrepreneurs.

"Flagship" Aurielo's Now Open at Roosevelt and Michigan

And just like that, the "flagship" Aurielo's Pizza has opened at the corner of Michigan and Roosevelt.

A reader writes:
The new Aurelio’s pizza is now open at the SW corner of Roosevelt and Michigan.
If that's not proof enough, you can check out their Facebook page and the "now open" picture:

The inside looks pretty nice as well:

It's been a process to opening day, with numerous delays, but here we are.  As a reminder, the restaurant announced this location back in February 2014.

Looking forward to trying this place out.

(Hat tip:  BH, RM!)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Town homes, Walk-ups and Mid-Rise Apartment Plans Unveiled for Former Ickes Homes

Via DNAinfo:
Developers unveiled their plans Thursday night for redeveloping the former CHA Ickes Homes. 
It’s been eight years since the CHA started demolishing Ickes, with the last families moving out of the development’s 1,006 units in 2010. 
A partnership led by McCaffery Interests with Community Builders and Antunovich Associates told a crowd at a 3rd Ward meeting Thursday night at Liberty Baptist Church in Bronzeville that it was planning a four-phase development with a mix of town homes, walk-ups and mid-rise apartments from 22nd Street to 25th Street on State Street on the Near South Side.

Interesting to see McCaffery Interests back in the news.  Last week it was also announced that they would be selling Roosevelt Collection (via Crains):
Prudential Real Estate Investors is buying the Roosevelt Collection, a big South Loop retail-apartment complex whose ownership has tracked the recent boom-bust-boom cycle of the real estate market.

Madison, N.J.-based Prudential has agreed to acquire the project at 150 W. Roosevelt Road from a joint venture led by Chicago developer Dan McCaffery, according to people familiar with the transaction. Separately, the McCaffery venture is selling a development parcel behind the Roosevelt Collection to Wood Partners, an Atlanta-based developer, these people say.  
It's unclear how much McCaffery and his partner, Los Angeles-based Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds, will clear in the sales. But it's safe to say the price will be a lot higher than the $160 million they paid for the Roosevelt Collection four years ago, when the real estate market was still in the early stages of recovering from the crash.