Saturday, April 25, 2015

Reminder to Get (and Rock) Your Sloopin "Hat tip" T-shirts

A friendly reminder that the Sloopin "Hat Tip" T-shirts are available for those of you who have recently submitted tips on published posts.   You're now officially eligible to get your t-shirt. If you see your initials below, please send an email to to let us know you're going to go to Well Future Pharmacy (1442 S. Michigan) to redeem your shirts:
  • ER
  • NS
  • DB
  • TM
  • JU
  • LE
  • TL
  • JJ
  • MOR
  • BS
  • KB
  • GM
  • KW
  • CS
  • JR
  • SK
  • PO
  • DN
  • TCG
  • DN
  • SW
  • RW
  • DN
  • CM
  • CG
  • JJ
  • GM
If this post doesn't mean anything to you and you're like "Wha?!?!? click here for some background on the Sloopin Hat Tip program. 

Thanks again for all the tips, photos, suggestions and whatnot. Without you Sloopin wouldn't exist!

The Sloopin Open House:
The Neighborhood Unicorn - A Single Family Home

The Sloopin Open House is a new weekly feature on the site where we highlight some of the more interesting open houses we see every week. We're not claiming they're the best deals or that we would necessarily recommend jumping all over the opportunity, but I doesn't hurt to look, right?

Single family homes in the Sloop are pretty much nonexistent (hence the title of our post).  Yes, they do exist but are hard to find and seem to be rarely on the market.  Given these factors it usually means they cost a pretty penny.

And with that, our weekly open house post highlights a newly listed $1.5 million single family home at 1417 S. Plymouth Ct (within the Dearborn Park II subdivision).  If you like city living, but need an abundance of space this is probably as good as your going get.  It clocks in at 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms and 10 rooms.  Yup...that's a lot for the Sloop!

While the pictures in the listing are nice, nothing blows our socks off (the kitchen and bathrooms actually look pretty dated).  The MLS listing notes that the house has been designed by Booth Hanson, so if that means something to you take note.

Anyway, if you're looking to see a neighborhood unicorn this weekend head on over to 1417 S. Plymouth Ct on Sunday (4/26) from 12:30 to 2:30pm.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Owner of Saca Tash Boutique Passes Away

A reader writes:
Not sure if this was mentioned. There's a note on the door of the boutique at 15/state that the owner has passed and what the funeral arrangements are. I had noticed there wasn't any activity for a bit and now they have a sign in the window.
Sorry to hear this.  Condolences to the family from the Sloopin team.

(Hat tip:  CDL!)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Nice Reminder From Some Local Kids on Earth Day

A reader writes and sends us some photos they captured yesterday on Earth Day:
These are posted on Cullerton between Michigan and wabash. A nice reminder for our neighborhood.

(Hat tip:  SA!)  

La Haven Coffee Officially Open at 1240 S. Michigan

In case you're walking down Michigan Avenue today and need a coffee fix, it looks like La Haven Coffee is officially open at 1240 S. Michigan (former Crave Cafe space):
If an open sign on the window and lights on is still not proof enough for you a reader posted this comment yesterday on our original post about this coffee shop:
They are open!! Finally good coffee in our neighborhood. Did I mention they are selling drinks at $1 for a limited time. Staff seemed friendly. Even asked for feedback on the taste of the coffee.
From what we can tell, they're an independent coffee shop (as mentioned in a post by Eater Chicago):
They aren't run by La Columbe but they will serve its coffee. 
We're looking forward to trying them out.  Welcome to the Sloop!

And the business counter has been updated.

(Hat tip:  ER!)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

An Interactive Look at Zoning in the Sloop

You know we love interactive maps here at Sloopin and yesterday stumbled upon one that details city zoning (via the website

While most things are relatively predictable in relation to the Sloop, one thing that we found strange was that the swath of blue in Grant Park where the uncovered train tracks currently run.  Apparently this is zoned DX-16:

In case you're having a hard time reading the image above DX-16 is described as:
Downtown high-rises - offices or apartments - with ground-floor stores. Prevalent on the edges of Loop: east of Dearborn Ave, in River North, the South Loop, and the West Loop.
While we doubt we would see a high-rise go in here, it still seems strange.  Do we have any zoning aficionados who have some perspective on this?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

611 Eatery Going to be Open 7 Days a Week for 24 Hours?

As an update to our post last week about 611 Eatery opening at 611 S. Wells, a reader writes:
Exciting news on 611eatery in the South Loop. As a resident of the Vetro building I noticed more banners being put up on Wells St. side today and was able to speak to owner Mr. Lam. He is hoping to open June 2015. The restaurant will have 6 different stations (featuring an oyster bar), offering a variety of upscale food choices. 
The name "eatery" is meant to invite customers to a place where many taste buds would be satisfied at a reasonable price. Their website should be up in 2 weeks time. 611eatery will be open 7 days a week/24 hours!! For those that can't walk over can find FREE parking at Buddy's Parking lot located at 650 S. Financial Place. There will be 50 parking spaces reserved for 611eatery customers. I'm excited and can't wait to try this new restaurant!

Hmmmm....those hours seem a little aggressive to us.  You don't hear of many "upscale" places that are open 24 hours (outside of Vegas).  This should be interesting.

(Hat tip:  NS!)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Carters and Golfsmith Open on Roosevelt Road

Two major national retailers are officially open on Roosevelt Road.

First off, Carter's has opened at Roosevelt Collection (150 W. Roosevelt).  The popular baby and kids
indoor putting green at Golfsmith (not the South Loop store)
clothes store has a pretty good reputation (from what we've heard) and given the amount of strollers we notice around the neighborhood it makes sense that they've opened up shop.

Second, just in time for golf season, Golfsmith has opened up at 627 w. Roosevelt.  The space they're at is 14,000 sq feet which seems like a big store for a specialty retailer.  However, if you're a golfer you're probably pretty happy about them coming to the neighborhood.

Anyway, good to see some more businesses opening up in the Sloop!

Business counter is updated.

(Hat tip: DB & TM!)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Sloopin Open House:
Exposed Brick, Lots of Windows and Mucho Mucho Space!

The Sloopin Open House is a new weekly feature on the site where we highlight some of the more interesting open houses we see every week. We're not claiming they're the best deals or that we would necessarily recommend jumping all over the opportunity, but I doesn't hurt to look, right?

This weekend, a 2bed/2bath unit at 1631 S. Michigan has caught our eye.  We've looked in this building before and have always admired the spacious layouts it offered.

While it's listed on the higher end of the 300's ($385K to be exact), it does provide exposed brick, an abundance of windows and generally speaking a lot of space.  If this sounds appealing to you, it's probably worth a visit to this unit.  According to the web, they are hosting an open house on Saturday (4/18) and Sunday (4/19) from 1-3pm.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Beware of "Canine Cough" if You're a Slooper with a Dog

Image from DNAinfo
Although this is slightly old news, we wanted to provide a link to what a reader wrote us about:
Since a lot of Sloop residents are dog owners, maybe you should warn them about the Kennel Cough epidemic going around town. Thanks:
In recent weeks we have seen a large number of coughing dogs here in Chicago. Most of the affected dogs have a history of frequenting day care, boarding facilities, and dog parks. At this time I recommend avoiding these facilities to help protect your dog, even if he/she has been vaccinated for “canine cough.” Why isn’t vaccination sufficient protection? Let me explain a little about canine cough.
"Canine cough” (also called “kennel cough”) is a broad term to describe infectious tracheobronchitis. This highly contagious condition results in inflammation of the trachea and bronchus. Many viruses and bacteria can result in canine cough. Currently the intra-nasal vaccine recommended for dogs here at the Medical District Veterinary Clinic covers the three most common causes of canine cough: Bordetella (bacteria), Parainfluenza (virus), and Adenovirus (virus).
Due to the outbreak I recommend avoiding any direct dog-to-dog contact and vaccinating dogs at high risk, such as those that attend day care, boarding, grooming, or dog parks and dogs that live in high rises. Although the vaccine does not 100% prevent infection, it should reduce the number of affected dogs. The canine influenza virus can survive 48 hours on hard surfaces and 24 hours on clothing, thus it is very important to be cautious in elevators, hallways, and dog relief stations. 
(Hat tip: LE!)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CMK Companies Begins Work at 1333 S. Wabash

A reader writes:
Thought you would like to know that bulldozers were busy excavating at 1333 Wabash, next to the condo under construction at 1345 Wabash. I believe they started today (April 1st)…definitely didn’t start last week.

As you may recall (and can see in the pics above) CMK properties is well underway on their 1345 S. Wabash building.  Just to the north is going to be a taller building at 1333 S. Wabash (28 stories) that they've just begun to excavate per the picture above and email from the reader.

Below is a rendering of how the final tower will look:

CMK has been one of the more prolific developers in the neigborhood and looks to continue to be.  As you may recall they recently acquired various lots along the Chicago River just north of Roosevelt.

(Hat tip: TL!)

Signs Go Up for 611 Eatery at Vetro Condo Building

611 Eatery looks to be coming to Vetro Condo Building (611 S. Wells)
A reader writes:
This signage just went up at the Vetro condo building at 611 S. Wells. The website on the sign doesn't seem to be up, and I don't know anything else about it. Maybe another reader has. 
The space, at Wells and Harrison, has been empty since the building opened, so it would be nice to have something there.
If the pictures in the windows are true, this could be a great restaurant and a great addition to the Sloop:

Does anyone have any additional info on the spot?

(Hat tip:  JJ, MOR, BS, KB!)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mountain Dew Skate Tour to Launch Season in Grant Park

Image from grand opening of Grant Park skate park
(via DNAinfo)
We had our doubts about the new skate park on the south end of Grant Park, but in our opinion it's been a nice and unique addition to the neighborhood.  We've had a couple fun walks where we've stopped at the park and spent time admiring the skills that these kids (and some adults) showcase.

That's why we were surprised and excited to see this news yesterday come through on DNAinfo:
The Dew Tour, a nationally televised skate and BMX biking competition, is set to kick off its 2015 season June 20-21 at the new $2.7-million Grant Park Skate Park, said Bob O'Neill, president of the Grant Park Conservancy. The tour, which will be broadcast on NBC, would be the first major event for the skate park since it opened in December.
Even if this might not be your cup of tea, it's another event that brings more people to the neighborhood and ultimately supports our local businesses.  It will also probably be a nice way to showcase our beautiful city and skyline to a national audience.

Anyway, looking forward to seeing this event and some of the craziness that the "pros" will bring to this new park.