Monday, December 9, 2019

Another Pizza Joint - Paisans Pizzeria & Bar - Coming to Printer's Row Area

A reader writes:
The mystery of just what is coming to the space just north of Burnham Pointe has been answered. I was never able to figure it out from the original construction permit for the exterior work, but a new building permit for the interior build-out just went up that reveals the space is going to be a Paisans Pizza, a suburb brand that's expanding into the city.

It’s kind of wild that 2 pizza restaurants are mid-construction within a stones’s throw from each other (Roots Pizza around the corner), both outside-chicago restaurants that are expanding into the city for the first time. Are there enough pizza eaters in printers row to sustain the business? Maybe.
It's a good question.  With the Old Post Office filling in and the accompanying residential developments around the river, it seems like these restaurants are betting that demand continues to pick up.  Will it be enough to sustain so much pizza pie is a fair question and something to keep our eye on.

Regarding the building, we believe it was a car wash but has sat vacant for awhile:

It's between Burnham Pointe and the build out going on for the Church of Scientology.

(Hat tip:  AD!)

Sunday, December 8, 2019

#ShotsAroundTheSloop: El train, El train, dancing in the night

A reader writes:
Sloop-bound CTA Holiday Train, 12/3/2019. Taken at Adams and Wabash crossover bridge.

(Hat tip:  TC!)

Thursday, December 5, 2019

...and Amarit is Back Open at 600 S. Dearborn

Yesterday we posted about Amarit's license being suspended.  Well apparently things have been resolved.  Lights on and people inside eating is a good sign:

Good to see them back up and running.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Amarit Thai and Pan-Asian (600 S. Dearborn) Has it's License Suspended

It looks like Amarit Thai and Pan-Asian at 600 S. Dearborn had it's license suspended judging by the green sign on the door:

Where not sure what is next, but hopefully they bounce back.  While it never seems super busy, we imagine they do a decent takeout business and they've been a longtime stalwart in the Sloop

Anyone have any info?  We will keep you posted if/when they reopen or we get more information.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Our Updated 2019 Business Counter

To follow-up on our 2019 Business Counter post we did a couple weeks back, looks like we missed a couple closings:
  • 14 Parish (2223 S. Michigan) 
  • White House Black Market (1112 S. Delano Ct)
This means that our current tally has the Sloop gaining 5 new retail/restaurant businesses in 2019 (so far).  It also means that it's lowest net number since we started tracking this back in 2012:

Is this a trend (by definition it seems to be)?  We still have a month to go and will continue to monitor.

Monday, December 2, 2019

More Positive Signs that 1000M is Actually Going to Happen

A reader writes:
There's a lot of action at the 1000M site right now. Or at least, a lot more action than we've seen there in the last four years.  
Looks like real construction equipment is now on site after their ceremonial groundbreaking last month. This building might actually happen.

As a reminder, this project at 1006 S. Michigan Avenue has been relatively slow to move.  That said, the developers did hold a ground breaking in October.  Many voices on the internet seemed to question whether or not this was actually going to happen, but judging from the pictures above this is the best sign it actually will.

We've been by the site a couple times recently and it does look like all signs are pointing in a positive direction.  They have the site cleared and fencing up all around the perimeter.

If this is true, it will be another big statement building on the Sloop and Chicago's skyline:

(Hat tip: AS!)

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Chicago Fire Soccer Team Unveils New Look ; Adds Mural to Back of Roosevelt Collection

We've written a bit about the Chicago Fire football club moving their home from Bridgeport back to Soldier Field for the upcoming season.

As part of this move the club also announced a new look for the team.  You can find that on this MLS website.  One other thing we noticed in the article was that they're adding some art to the neighborhood:
The Fire also announced plans for a new mural by Chicago-based artist Max Sansing to be completed next week on the north side of the Roosevelt Collection Shops in the South Loop, overlooking the British International School’s soccer fields off South Wells Street.
This makes sense as we saw on the Facebook group Hello South Loop! that the mural is underway:

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Tis the Season for the Annual CTA Holiday Train

It's holiday train time on the CTA and we highly encourage you to check it out.  The CTA is usually the scapegoat for many of our woes, but on this subject they truly hit it out of the park.

If you're curious about the schedule here you go (all here is the weblink):

We also want to note that Curbed Chicago has a quick little post about the origin of the CTA Holiday Train.  Worth a read if you got a couple minutes.

Friday, November 22, 2019

PepsiCo Moving Into Old Post Office Building

More big brands coming to Old Post Office building (via Chicago Tribune):
PepsiCo plans to move its 1,300 Chicago workers from an entire 17-story building to a single floor in the redeveloped Old Post Office, becoming the latest company to spread out in an ultrawide building.
The Purchase, New York-based food and beverage giant has leased 192,000 square feet on the third floor of the 2.8 million-square foot former post office, where it plans to move in winter 2020, the company said.
PepsiCo’s Chicago office is the headquarters for its Gatorade, Quaker and Tropicana brands, as well as PepsiCo Beverages’ North America Central Division. It is the company’s second-largest office by employee count, trailing only the Frito-Lay headquarters in Plano, Texas.
The fact that this building has gained so much traction is likely a great thing for the Sloop.  More people, looking for more food/shopping options, looking for places to live seems like a good flywheel.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Discovery Partner Institute (DPI) Shooting for Opening in The 78 Development in 2023?

We just read a good article about DPI - the Discovery Partners Institute slated to be built on the 78 development.  While the article gives a good overview of the entire status of the project, one line stood out and is something we haven't seen yet (via the News Gazette):
DPI is working out of temporary space in downtown Chicago, holding classes, funding faculty research projects and ramping up its staff.
But the UI plans to build a new 500,000-square-foot facility in a $7 billion development known as “The 78” near the South Loop, using half of the $500 million promised by the state for DPI and the statewide Illinois Innovation Network.
The plan is to have DPI at “full strength” in its new building by 2023, UI President Tim Killeen said.
The city of Chicago recently approved incentives for The 78 development, which include housing, commercial space, a new train stop and reconfigured roads and Metra tracks.
“The road is going in, the bulldozers are there,” Killeen said.

While 2023 isn't exactly around the corner, it gives you a sense of how long this is going to take.  There has already been a lot of twists and turns on this one, so we'll see where it goes.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Man Shoots Gun in Air on State Street and Pierces Apartment Building

Damn this is terrifying:
Seems like the damage was minimal, but definitely make you uneasy.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Dearborn Denim and Apparel Opening Shop on Printer's Row

Well this is awesome - it looks like Dearborn Denim and Apparel is moving into 728 S. Dearborn in Printer's Row:

We're familiar with Dearborn Denim & Apparel, but not intimately.  That said, what we've read and seen makes us feel very excited - it's a local, hip, proven apparel company.  To be honest, that's not something the Sloop has much of.

For a little background, you can see more info from their website, but we pulled this from the About Us page:
EST. 2016
Set out to build a better apparel brand. Growing from the thought: People deserve access to a great product, made the right way, and sold at a great price.
Everything is cut, sewn, and crafted at our factory in Chicago - using U.S. materials.
Given their name, it seems like it was destiny that they sought out this location.  As a reminder, this was the space where the Chicago Bicycle Company abruptly closed their doors in August.

This seems like a great addition to Printer's Row and looking forward to seeing them open.

(Hat tip:  AB!)