Friday, July 25, 2014

SXL Nails & Massage Opens at 1460 S. Michigan

And another nail and massage place has opened - this one, SXL Nails & Massage, is open at 1460 S. Michigan:

We posted about their coming soon sign back in May.

Best of luck to them and welcome to the Sloop!

Business counter is updated as well.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Grant Park Skate Park Construction Completion Date Moved Up to October

This is slightly old news from DNAinfo, but still a good update on the progress:
Ald. William Burns (4th), Mayor Rahm Emanuel's wife Amy Rule, Park District Supt. Mike Kelly and Grant Park Conservancy President Bob O'Neill shoveled a ceremonial load of soil at the southern tip of Grant Park Monday to kick off construction on a three-acre skate park. 
The move was a formality, as construction was already underway to build the $2.65 million skate park designed by landscape architecture firm Altamanu. The construction timeline, originally set to be completed by the end of 2014, has been sped up in the hopes of opening the park by October, Kelly and O'Neill said Monday.
For those looking for background, here are a couple old Sloopin links (original post about project and construction has apparently begun on the park).

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Come Witness a Gigantic Historic House Moving

This should be a sight to see (via Curbed Chicago):
One of the biggest tasks McPier will undertake in preparation for the construction of the massive McCormick Place entertainment district is moving the 126 year old Harriet F. Rees House to a new location just one block away. The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (aka McPier) received a permit from the city a couple of weeks ago to relocate the landmarked three story home and now a date has been announced for the big move. According to the Greater South Loop Association, the historic Rees House will be moved to its new location on August 22.
How does an undertaking like this happen?
The home will be wrapped in braces and placed on a huge 29-wheel dolly which will crawl from its current location at 2110 S. Prairie Ave. to 2017 S. Prairie Ave.
Should be interesting!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Mac Kelly's Greens n' Things to Replace Homemade Pizza Co. at 1347 S. Michigan

A reader writes:
I saw this posted on the doors of Homemade Pizza space - the menu looks pretty good and affordable. Hope they will open soon.
Mac Kelly's Greens n' Things has a couple other locations around the loop and while we've never eaten at one, we have been intrigued.

The menu is pretty affordable and it has some pretty positive reviews from Yelp and TripAdvisor.

If the South Loop location is a similar concept as the others (which we assume it would be) it definitely fills in a nice niche for the neighborhood.  There are a decent amount of sit down restaurants, but this will serve those of us who are in a rush, don't want to cook, but would like a quick meal.

We also found some pictures of their other locations to give you a peak at what it looks like inside:
Salad Bar at Jackson location (via Yelp)
Fruit selection at Jackson location (via Yelp)
Just last week we posted a rumor that a vegetarian restaurant might be opening up in this space.  Well I guess this could count as a vegetarian option, but doubt it's the same thing.  As a reminder, Homemade Pizza Co. closed their doors back in June as their entire business (all locations) were closed.

Seems like a good addition to us.  Does anyone else have strong feeling one way or another?

(Hat tip: MK, VC, RK!)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Chop Coming to Roosevelt Collection; Not Porkchop

This make a lot more sense - Crain's recently reported that Chop will be coming to Roosevelt Collection - not Porkchop:
Jovanis Bouargoub (via Crain's)
Jovanis Bouargoub, owner of Chicago-based Porkchop, will open his latest meat-centric restaurant, Chop, in October.  The 100-seat venue will open in the Roosevelt Collection Mall on the Near South Side.  
Mr. Bouargoub said Chop will share a theme with his three Porkchop locations — an easygoing atmosphere combined with high-quality, gourmet dishes. The food from both brands will incorporate inspirations from France, his homeland.

But unlike the barbecue- and whiskey-centric, Southern-inspired Porkchop, Chop will focus on steaks, burgers and wine. Described as "an everyman's steakhouse," Chop will feature grass-fed, locally sourced burgers and steak dishes, including the classic T-bone and a fried steak.

Sounds promising.

If you may recall we were left scratching our heads when it was announced Porkchop would be opening up in Roosevelt Collection along with another "smaller" Porkchop on Dearborn in Printers Row.  Well the Porkchop on Dearborn opened and now we know that the restaurant at Roosevelt Collection will be called Chop.

We will continue to monitor this as construction begins, but good news on the neighborhood dinning front.

(Hat tip: VM!)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Recently on the Sloopin Message Board...

While we love for you to view Sloopin's post thread, we also want to encourage everyone to head over to the Sloopin message board and see what the neighborhood is talking about.  Some recent topics include:

Friday, July 18, 2014

Acadia Featured on PBS: A Chefs Journey

If you're into food and like the South Loop's Acadia, definitely an interesting watch:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Downsize Fitness Opens at 633 S. Plymouth Ct

Another fitness business has opened in Printers Row.  A reader writes:
Downsize Fitness has relocated from the West Loop to the South Loop. They are now open for business at 633 S Plymouth. Downsize Fitness is a fitness center designed to help people lose weight.
Upon further examination they have a good yelp review (5 stars from 12 reviews) and based on their website they're:
An integrated wellness program for healthy weight loss. Much more than a gym, Downsize Fitness is an all-encompassing health and wellness organization founded on the desire to improve the lifestyle of the individual. The methodology is rooted in a threefold approach: 
  1. Physical fitness with customized, personal training modified to your fitness level 
  2. Sensible nutrition that actually works 
  3. Weight loss counseling to fostering a supportive environment

Welcome to the Sloop!

(Hat tip:  SF!)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bull Chicks Opens at 606 S. Wabash; ABP Art Supplies Closes Next Door

Chicken lovers in the Sloop now have a new place to try out - Bull Chicks has opened at 606 S. Wabash.  As you may recall from our post back in April they're a small chain that has locations in about 5 states.  Their website says:
Obviously, there is THE FOOD, which speaks for itself. We love food, and you can tell by the taste. Our bread is freshly baked daily. Made from scratch, of course. We prepare your meal right when you order it, not hours before. At BullChicks™, we make sure to use only the highest quality ingredients, and the freshest produce available everyday.
It goes on, but you can read for your self.

We also noticed that next door, the ABP Art Supplies, Books & Photography in the City has apparently closed (612 S. Wabash).  Brown paper is on the windows which typically doesn't mean good things for the business.

(Hat tip:  DL!)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Chicago Sun-Times Sits Down with Joe Segal, Owner of Jazz Showcase

Joe Segal - owner of the Jazz Showcase (via Chicago Sun Times)
The Chicago Sun-Times has a great interview with Joe Segal, the owner of the Jazz Showcase (806 S. Plymouth).  It was recently announced that the 88 year-old will receive the A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy in New York next spring.

It's a fun read, with some great "old-school" statements:
Elevator music sounds great compared to what they’re doing now. At least it was music. It was watered down, but it wasn’t all this wishy-washy, namby-pamby stuff, using the same licks over and over.
Anyway, it's great to have such a distinct place in the Sloop.

They also have a nice video to get a sense of the man:

Monday, July 14, 2014

More Stores Open at the Maxwell Shopping Center & Roosevelt Collection

More stores have now opened at the Maxwell.  In addition to the already posted about Dick's Sporting Goods and Noodles and Company, it now appears that Men's Wearhouse, Potbelly and Pier 1 Imports are all now open:

Beyond that we just saw that Verizon is also opening a store at the Maxwell.  As a reminder other impending openings at the Maxwell are Burlington Coat Factory, Nordstrom Rack and  TJ Maxx.

In other shopping center news, Republic of Couture has finally opened at Roosevelt Collection:

This brings us to our poll that we recently conducted:
Definitely a lot of momentum at The Maxwell, so this probably isn't surprising.  Regardless, good to see progress at both places.

(Hat tip: RW, AM!)