Friday, August 29, 2014

Vintage Post Cards Showcase Old-Timey Sloop

Because we like looking at old-timey Chicago, Curbed Chicago recently posted a link to 51 vintage Chicago postcards (featuring some familiar Sloop locations like Solider Field, Congress Hotel, Shedd, among others).

Our favorite is this amazing panoramic drawing of the 1933 Century of Progress World's Fair and the Sloop before it was the Sloop.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Why is the Printer's Row Fountain Off?

Printer's Row Fountain When Water is Running

A reader asks:
I was just curious if you have the scoop on why the fountain in the Printer's Row Park (between Federal and Dearborn) is off?
Not sure.  Anyone?

(Hat tip:  KM!)

Chicago Fire Shooting in the Sloop Today

A reader sends us the following pic:
(Hat tip: AK!)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Which Sloop Civic Project Will Have the Biggest Impact on the Neighborhood?

If you're a regular on the site, you know we often do polls on our right navigation bar.  Sometimes they're insignificant and sometimes they're a little more serious.

Anyway, just wanted to call your attention to a poll we just launched asking "Which Impending Sloop Civic Project Will have the Biggest Impact on the Neighborhood?"

For some background here are links to each project:

Did we miss anything else substantial?

Some pretty big projects going on if you ask us - never a dull moment in the Sloop!

Is FruVe Finally Opening?

A reader writes about FruVe potentially opening:
Last night I was walking past 1130 S. Wabash around 10:00 PM and saw some guys cleaning off the inside glass of the FruVe storefront. It's been closed up for months with no signs of opening, but it looks like this juice bar or something like it is going to open up after all. There is no signage, but there was refrigeration equipment, etc. inside, so I'm not sure if it's the same concept or not. Have any info on this?
We don't have any info on this unfortunately.  It's been over a year since this was announced so would be pretty surprised if it's FruVe (especially since they took down all the signage and whatnot).

Anyone have any intel on this?

UPDATE:  Upon some further investigation on our end (aka walking by the retail space) we snapped the following picture.  Looks like FruVe is opening:

(Hat tip: JK!)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New McCormick Place Arena and Hotel Set to Begin Construction in Early 2015 and Shooting for Completion in 2017

Curbed Chicago provides an update:
Tuesday night, the 3rd ward's alderman Pat Dowell hosted a public meeting where McCormick Place representatives presented an update on the ongoing development project to expand the convention facility's footprint by constructing a new Pelli Clarke Pelli designed arena and events center, a new high rise hotel and convention center, as well as a new data center. The meeting was primarily meant to address neighborhood residents' concerns about the traffic and parking implications of the new construction and facilities, but there were a few updates about the buildings themselves. 
The 51 story hotel building, set to be a Marriott Marquis with 1,200 rooms and considerable conference and event space, as well as the 10,000 seat stadium, which will host DePaul University's basketball games and be available for concerts and other events, will both start construction in January 2015. The stadium should be completed by February 2017, with the hotel's completion following in May.

Monday, August 25, 2014

T.J. Maxx Opens at The Maxwell

If this CTA bus advertising is correct, T.J. Maxx apparenty opened yesterday at The Maxwell.

Business counter is updated.

Sloop's Beer Movement Progressing...Just Not as Fast As Everyone Wants!

The Sloop's beer revolution is still developing (which we will chalk up to the City that works...working slowly?!?!?).  Back in May we checked in on the numerous beer centric happenings in the neighborhood.

Anyway, last we heard Vice District Brewing was planning on opening this past Friday (8/22).  Well according to some Facebook posts, it sounds like they're just waiting on the city:

According to their posts, they will be opening up this upcoming Friday (8/29).

In other beer news, the popular Printer's Row spot Villains is also in waiting mode to officially open its doors.  We stopped in a couple of weeks ago just to see how things were going and can attest that the space is rad.  While their old spot was dark and dank (in a good way), the new buildout looks industrial and raw.  You will like.  But more importantly we know they know beer and we know you will like this as well.

Broad Shoulders Brewery which changed its name to Motor Row Brewery also seems to be making some good progress.  Their Facebook page is full of pictures and progress, but what it doesn't say is when they're going to be opening to the public.  Stay tuned.

Finally, South Loop Brewing Company is also making progress.  Currently they're not brewing in the Sloop, but hope to eventually.  Regardless, you have to start somewhere and hope to have them in the South Loop soon!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Chicago Magazine Suggests Four Bands to Check-out At this Weekend's Bash on Wabash

The O'My's play Bash on Wabash this Saturday, August 23, at 6:45 p.m.   
Earlier this week we did a post about all of the things going on at the Bash on Wabash.

One thing we didn't spend much time on was the music (mostly because we didn't really know any of them).  Luckily Chicago Magazine did and highlights some of the acts in this post.

Based on their suggestions "The O'My's" seem the most interesting.  They sum it up:
This self-described “band of scoundrels and hooligans” are leading a new generation of local funk and soul nuts (they call it “rock-n-soul"), and go heavy on the Chicago pride. The band has collaborated with hometown heroes ranging from Twista to Chance the Rapper to the Chicago Children’s Choir, so there’s no telling who might pop on stage during their set Saturday evening. Saturday at 6:45 p.m.

So if you're looking for something to do, head on over to the Bash today and checkout some solid music!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sixpax Moves to Bigger Space at 1234 S. Michigan Suite 200

A reader sends us a email they received about Sixpax moving:
Thank you to all of our loyal Sixpax clients and teachers in the South Loop for all of your support and hard work the past three years. When I opened this business three years ago it was just me - teaching everything! Thanks to the community surrounding me today we have a team of ten and counting.  
I am THRILLED to announce we are moving TODAY (8/13/2014) into a newly renovated permanent home in the South Loop! 
Please visit us at: 1234 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 200 (In the old Universal Studios building above Ma&i Thai)  
Although we are growing into a larger space we are still proud to uphold our intimate class sizes and personalized community feel.  
Stay tuned for news about our grand opening specials, additional classes, and the fourth annual SIXPAXPALOOZA/GRAND OPENING party!

(Hat tip:  JV!)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Prime Real Estate Lots Back on the Market Along the Chicago River

This is a slightly old story, but figured people would still be interested in case they missed it (via Crains):
Lots for Sale both North and South
of the infamous River City (Image via Crains)
Two development sites surrounding the River City residential building along the Chicago River are for sale, both coming out of extended legal battles.  
Chicago-based Millennium Properties R/E Inc. was appointed by a Bankruptcy Court judge to broker the sale of a 1.8-acre site just south of Bertrand Goldberg-designed River City, 800 S. Wells St., between Wells and the river in the South Loop. The property is owned by embattled condominium developer Nicholas Gouletas but has been tied up in Bankruptcy Court since August 2013 in the aftermath of Mr. Gouletas' failed attempt to acquire an almost 3,900-unit apartment portfolio for $950 million.  
The parcel, now used as a parking lot, has zoning in place to develop 282 residential units, said Daniel Hyman, president of Millennium Properties. The land between River City and the Roosevelt Collection mixed-use development to the south is worth $10 million, Mr. Hyman said. An investor familiar with the property estimated it to be worth closer to $7.8 million, or $100 per square foot.
They also mention another smaller lot in the vicinity of these two that is for sale:
Along the east side of River City, a 0.8-acre parcel, also currently a parking lot, was listed for sale less than a month ago by Seattle-based brokerage Colliers International.  
That site, at 817-907 S. Wells St., has an asking price of $6.2 million, or $175 per square foot, according to a Colliers flier.
If you recall we did a post on this lot because a reader thought there might be some action coming.  Apparently that didn't pan out.

(Hat tip:  JJ!)

Looks Like the Sloop Just Got a Little Sexier - Victoria's Secret Coming to Roosevelt Collection

A reader writes:
So noticed new build out at RC. This is just north of the now closed Habadash. Door staff said that it was Victoria Secrets.
People have been suspecting that this would be a prime spot for Victoria's Secret for awhile now (see comment section from an old post we did back in 2012).

After a quick search on the interwebs we found a job posting for Victoria's Secret Roosevelt Collection on Linkedin:

So yeah, looks like this is legit.  We're updating the business counter right now.

And this gives us an excuse to post a video:

(Hat tip: SH!)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Little Free Library in the Sloop @ 1511 South Michigan

A nice little addition the neighborhood (via somnia on the Sloopin message board):
There's a new addition to the South Loop - a Little Free Library located along the sidewalk at 1511 South Michigan Avenue (just south of the physical therapy building in a flower bed).  
Its already getting a lot of use.  Please come take a book and leave a book.  
This is a great opportunity to clean out your bookshelves and share with your neighbors. Help yourself to a book while you drop your old books off.  
Its stocked with books for both adults and children. It was a little low on books this morning, so now is a good time to add some new ones to the library! Enjoy!  
Questions about the Little Free Library? Email