Monday, May 22, 2017

Plan Progressing for Redevelopment of Old Harold Ickes Homes


In case you missed this a couple weeks back - we did (via Curbed Chicago):
The long-discussed redevelopment of Chicago’s former Harold L. Ickes Homes public housing project has officially started the process of navigating the city’s approval process. An ordinance to rezone the vacant 11.3-acre parcel owned by the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) at the border of the South Loop and Bronzeville neighborhoods was filed a few week back. While the plan must still pass the Plan Commission and City Council to take effect, the 123-page document provides insight regarding Ickes’ future.

According to the plan, the area bounded by State Street, Federal Avenue, Cermak, and 25th Street will see its patchwork of zoning designations changed to a uniform DX-3 Downtown Mixed Use classification and incorporated into a Planned Development (PD). The parcel will be divided into five distinct subareas to be redeveloped in three phases over the coming years.

While previous reports mentioned a total of 887 residential dwellings, the allowable unit count has since grown to 972 to spread across a mix of townhomes, six-flats, and a high-rise at the southwest corner of Cermak and State. The transit-oriented plan also calls for 75,000 square feet of retail, dedicated open space, and at least 270 on-site parking spaces.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Who Needs Space? Checkout this Open House:
3,200 Square Feet Townhouse in Dearborn Park One

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We highlighted this open house a couple weeks back, but apparently that was a private open house - oops!  Anyway, we're calling it out again - this time for the public open house at 945 S. Park Terrace on Sunday (5/21) from 11-1pm.

When we initially called this one out, what caught our eye was the space.  It's pretty rare that you see a 3,200 square feet townhouses north of Roosevelt in the Sloop.  Actually - we don't know this for a fact - but we imagine you would be hard pressed to find another one that big (that's a challenge for someone to research).


Anyway, the stats on this guy are pretty impressive: 4 bedrooms 3.5 baths, 2 car parking & additional guest parking included:

  • Main level has entry foyer, large kitchen, massive living room & dining room over looking professionally landscaped patio with bonus room that can be studio, garden shed or storage.
  • Second level has skylights, 4 bedrooms, 2 master suites, 3 full baths, walk-in closets, family room (could be 5th bedroom).

Sure, it could use some TLC and potentially some updating (depending on your tastes) - but again - this is a pretty

Check This Out Tomorrow (5/20): South Side Craft Beer Fest!

This looks life fun:

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Lobo Bravo is the New Name for the Scout Concept for the Old Zapatista Space

Looks like the the new restaurant coming to the old Zapatista has a name (via GSLA facebook page):

Lobo Bravo - has a nice ring!

As a reminder, back in March a perceptive reader scooped us on some activity at the former Zapatista spot.  Sure enough, they were right.  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Jimmy Green's Closes After 7-Year Run at 825 S. State

In case you missed it last week - Jimmy Green's (825 S. State) is closed according to their Facebook page:
Well you heard it here first. Jimmy Green's is saying thank you & goodbye this Saturday night – May 13, 2017. It has been an honor to be part of this truly vital neighborhood. We have welcomed dozens of sports greats including most of the '85 Bears, Bobby Hull plus Blackhawks, White Sox, Cubs, Bulls and Bears stars from yesterday and today. But mostly we've had the honor of serving thousands of our neighbors. We will never forget what we created here and we never forget the friends we made in the name of Jimmy Green's. Join us 'til closing Saturday night, May 13, 2017

Well, this isn't great news, but in our opinion it's not terrible.  We've had some mixed experiences at Jimmy Green's and in our opinion is definitely in the lower tier of options for bars/restaurants in the Sloop.

With Bulldog Ale House moving in just down the street, our guess is that the neighborhood won't really miss Jimmy Green's.  That being said, it will be interesting to see what might move in here.  Hopefully something good.

As a reminder, Jimmy Green's opened their doors back in 2010.

(Hat tip:  LM, KJ, A, SS, MC!)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Related Midwest Talks About Grand Vision for 62-Acres South of Roosevelt

We poked some fun at Related Midwest's event to clean up their 62-acre vacant lot last week, but there was some real news coming out of this story.  The Chicago Tribune outlines grand vision for what Related hopes to do with this land:
A year after grabbing control of the largest undeveloped site in downtown Chicago, Related Midwest is thinking big while taking it slow.

Over the next two decades, the developer envisions creating a city within the city on the 62-acre parcel along the Chicago River, south of Roosevelt Road, that eventually will link the South Loop and Chinatown. It is one of the most ambitious developments ever conceived in Chicago.

More than 10 million square feet of residential, office, hotel and retail space could rise on the site, a project likely to cost at least $5 billion — and potentially much more — completed in several phases, Related Midwest President Curt Bailey said.

The west side of the site is likely to include a 100-foot-wide, half-mile-long riverwalk flanked by a row of low-slung restaurants and shops. Also envisioned are public art installations, cultural events and, perhaps, infrastructure including new CTA Red Line and Metra train stations.
While everyone is salivating on what might come, the reality is the entire vision is likely a long ways away.  The project likely won't start until 2019 and it sounds like it could take at least 15 years to fully realize the plans.

There is a lot to read in the article and we highly recommend going over to the Tribune to learn more.

An interesting piece to us was this blurb about what they want to do with the land until it's ready to build:
By next year, when construction of a Wells Street extension from downtown to Chinatown is expected to begin cutting through the site, the developer hopes to bring pop-up food and retail or other events to the site, Bailey said. One idea is to create a variation of London's Pop Brixton shipping container village.

Image from Pop Brixton
"We want to do (the development) right, so we're taking our time planning it," Bailey said. "We're working on creating fun things to do on the site in the interim. Getting people to the site, getting people to understand the site and creating action here is part of our overall plan."
We're not familiar with London's Pop Brixton, but according to their website:
Pop Brixton is a temporary project that has turned disused land into a creative space for local, independent businesses. Come and discover South London’s most exciting start-ups working in food, retail, design and social enterprise.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Poke & Role Restaurant Coming to Printer's Row

A reader sends us an email and this picture:
Poke & Roll in old Porkchop space! VERY exciting for printers row!!!


This looks promising.  This restaurant will take over the recently vacated Porkchop (555 S. Dearborn).

The Poke bowl trend is pretty hot right now and hopefully this new spot lives up to the hype.  We've written about Asian Outposts Poke Bowls, but outside of that, we aren't aware of any other places serving the dish (although we imagine there are quite a few in Chinatown).

If you're not familiar we have a link from Thrillist San Francisco providing details on the trend:
Poke (pronounced “POH-keh”) is a classic Hawaiian appetizer that features sliced and marinated raw fish, served with a wide variety of accompaniments.
Yes, that is possibly the vaguest definition ever, but considering “poke” is just a Hawaiian word meaning “to section, slice, or cut,” it makes sense that there are so many variations (you can get octopus, clam, or salmon poke). Still, if you’re eating this traditional raw-fish salad in Hawaii, you’ll most commonly find it made with yellowfin or bigeye tuna that’s been marinated in soy and sesame.

Poke is popular in Hawaii -- like, so popular that people refer to it as Hawaii’s hamburger. But the origin of poke actually dates back to the arrival of the first Hawaiians on the island chain, who cut up whatever fresh fish they caught that day and mixed it with salt and seaweed collected from the ocean. Although the dish has been around a very long time, the name “poke” didn’t become ubiquitous until the 1960s, and it wasn’t until the ‘70s that recipes for poke started appearing in cookbooks.
While we couldn't find a website for Poke & Roll, one would expect it to also sell Sushi Rolls.

Between this and the new Hax/Gordo's concept Printer's Row appears to have some solid new options.

(Hat tip:  JH!)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Sloopin Open House: 4-Story Townhouse on a Park

Last week we looked at a townhouse in Dearborn Park 1 and today we do again.

This specific one is in the development that is relatively newer and more contemporary then the more stark townhouses in the area.  1170 S. Plymouth Ct #1NE - faces Roosevelt Park, so sort of feels like it has a huge yard (albeit a public yard).  Regardless it's a very unique amenity that most in the area wouldn't have.  The unit is listed at $725K which seems reasonably priced given previous comps.

The unit has 3 beds and 2.5 baths, with a bonus floor on the 4th floor that leads to a beautiful roof deck with a solid view:

Judging by previous sales, these units don't last very long, so if you're in the market for a townhouse we would suggest heading over there quickly.  The open house is today (5/14) from 1-3pm

Friday, May 12, 2017

Help Related Clean Up Their 62-Acre Property in the Sloop

Well this is an interesting event.  Maybe fun...maybe not (via DNAinfo):
The developer who plans a new neighborhood along a massive piece of undeveloped South Loop riverfront invites neighbors to help clean the site up Saturday, hoping food trucks and a DJ will sweeten the offer. 
About 40 employees of Related Midwest will participate in the citywide Chicago River Day from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at 1600 S. Wentworth Ave., or the northeast corner of picturesque Ping Tom Park. A DJ will accompany the cleanup while food trucks from The Fat Shallot and Yum Dum will roll up at 11 a.m. 
Related Midwest took control of the site, a 62-acre property starting just south of Clark Street and Roosevelt Road, last year with plans to build a new Downtown neighborhood. Disgraced developer and political fixer Antoin "Tony" Rezko once received city approval to build as many as 4,500 homes on the site.
At least you'll get some food and be able to listen to a DJ.

(Hat tip:  CHAMPS!)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Himalayan Express Coming to 606 S. Wabash

A reader sends us the following picture:

Looks like we have a Himalayan Express restaurant coming to the old space that was called Wingers USA at 606 S. Wabash.

This stretch of retail has been hit or miss.  Hopefully this place has better luck.

(Hat tip:  MK!)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

No More Micro-Apartments for Printer's Row?


A reader writes:
No more micro apartments? New sign up at Dearborn:Polk.
Looks to be the case.

For those who aren't familiar, there were some renderings that popped up and proposed "micro-apartments" for this little - but prominent - piece of vacant land.

The design of 742 S. Dearborn from September 2015 (top left), March 2016 (top right),
September 2016 (bottom left), and now (bottom right)
 Myefski Architects/LG/SSP

(Hat tip:  TR!)