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: http://www.sloopin.com/2016/07/issues-with-theater-parking-rates-at.html 
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: http://bit.ly/RSLTparking. 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 http://bit.ly/ICONcares, 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: http://nta.auslchicago.org/ 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!)

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Sloopin Open House:
Corner Unit with Windows Galore

Today we feature a nicely appointed condo in one of our favorite buildings in the Sloop - 1020 S. Wabash.  This corner unit looks spacious, has the loft feel many desire and has nice character pieces with big windows and unique shapes throughout the unit:

The unit isn't cheap for 2bd/2bth at $399K (and an additional $30K for parking), but this building has always seemed to command a premium.

If this looks interesting to you, head on over tomorrow Sunday, July 17th from 11am - 1pm.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Comcast Begins Data Cap Program in the Sloop and Other Neighborhoods

A reader writes:
I just wanted to give your readers a heads up, Comcast is starting their controversial data cap program in the South Loop and other areas of the Chicagoland. Under this new program, if you use more than 1TB of data in a month, because you stream TV via services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, you could be on the hook for up to $200 in overage fines.  
This goes against the spirit and letter of the FCC ruling last year that declared broadband internet to be a utility, preventing them from being able to limit their service in this way.  
If you want to help fight these unfair business practices, please submit a complaint to the FCC via Battle for the Net (https://www.battleforthenet.com/), contact your local alderman (http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/mayor/provdrs/your_ward_and_alderman/svcs/find_my_alderman.html) or email John Crowley, the Regional Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region, directly at john_crowley@cable.comcast.com
DG                      740 S. Federal St.

(Hat tip:  DG!)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Photo Slider: Oh How the City and Sloop Has Grown!

A fun interactive Chicago slider picture thingy that shows a south view from the Hancock building.  It's pretty amazing to see how our city (and the Sloop) has grown since 1973 (via rentcafe.com):

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Proposed Rush Hospital High-Rise at 1411 S. Michigan = Chicago Firehouse Tear down? Seems Unlikely.

A reader writes and questions about a recent post we had on a new development coming to 1411 s. Michigan:
Hmmm... The 1411 renderings show the new building going all the way to the corner. Is that just artistic license, or are they going to raze the firehouse?
While we're not 100% sure, if we had to guess, the Chicago Firehouse restaurant (1401 S. Michigan) isn't going anywhere.  The restaurant is going through a massive rebuild and expansion actually.  So if they were just going to tear down the firehouse, they probably wouldn't be doing this work first.

Seems like the rendering might have had some "artistic license" as you said.

(Hat tip:  JF!)

Monday, July 11, 2016

1001 South State - Where Curiosity Lives

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In the same creative spirit that energizes the neighborhood, 1001 seeks to provide residents an ideal balance of work and play by offering amenities unlike any others available in Chicago.

Whether residents need to prototype their new ideas or just need space to complete a project, 1001’s unique Makerspace is the perfect resource. In addition to the stimulating atmosphere, the Makerspace offers the technical tools to bring ideas to life, including the easy-to-use Nomad 833 Pro CNC milling machine and the Glowforge 3D Laser Printer. Residents will also enjoy the Living Biowall which features a vertical garden of fresh herbs and the Aqua Lounge located near the pool and fitness areas.

Traversing Chicago is made easier with charging stations for electric vehicles and custom-branded shared bicycles with a compatible reservation app. 1001 will also save residents travel time by providing refrigerated storage for grocery deliveries as well as dry cleaning and package delivery notifications, which are sent automatically, allowing for 24/7 pick-up.

Residents can also look forward to exciting apartment features such as keyless entry, stainless steel appliances including a full-size washer and dryer, a Wi-Fi and smartphone-compatible thermostat, and 1GB internet connectivity.

All of this combined with stunning views of the Chicago skyline, Lake Michigan, and the South and West loop neighborhoods make 1001 South State a matchless choice for creative thinkers looking for a like-minded community.

To find your new home – and to take advantage of a special $1000 savings – contact the leasing office at 312-283-3776 or leasing@1001southstate.com

Issues with Theater Parking Rates at Roosevelt Collection?

A reader writes:
Had a less than pleasant experience this weekend when we went to see a movie at the Roosevelt Collection theater. Parking rates for the theater have jumped from FREE to TWELVE BUCKS!! We were informed the theater was under new ownership hence the rule change. The $12 parking did give you a $7 voucher for the snack bar, which looks like it now offers free refills on soda and popcorn...but who gets up in the middle of a movie for a refill and try spending $7 even at the counter, you're just going to be opening your wallet again. Overall, it felt like a huge rip off...$60 total for two adult tickets and parking? No thanks!
We knew this was coming, but wonder how it will affect the businesses at RC.  You can find more info about parking at Roosevelt Collection here.

According to their website, with in-store validation the first 90 minutes are free.  What isn't clear is if this is only for the store, not the theater.

Since movies are usually 90 minutes or more, it seems like the policy should/would be different.

What does everyone think?

(Hat tip:  LZ!)