Thursday, October 2, 2014

Roosevelt/Wabash Divvy Station Moved to Parking Lot on Wabash Just North of Roosevelt

A reader writes:
Do you know what happened to the DIVVY bike station at Roosevelt and Wabash?

Yes...yes we do.  Thankfully another reader alerted us to this change:
I noticed this morning that the Divvy station at Roosevelt and Wabash was gone. From Divvy's FB page:

For those of you who can't see the image very well, the divvy station is now located in a vacant parking lot just north of 5 Guys.

(Hat tip:  MO & HH!)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Video of the Rees Coach House Moving Down Prairie Ave.

Well the Rees Coach house has moved down the street and in the event you didn't see it a reader took a great video for your viewing pleasure:

As a reminder the actual Rees house is scheduled to move in early November.

(Hat tip: BB!)

Eating Vincent Price Pop-up Dinner Invades the Sloop

This sounds interesting:
Eating Vincent Price is a one-of-a-kind pop-up dinner event that will feature dishes based on the cookbook, A Treasury of Great Recipes written by the legendary actor, oenophile and gourmand. Enjoy dishes prepared by Chef Aram Reed and themed-cocktails prepared by drink chef and W Hotel Chicago resident mixologist, Lauren Parton. Price’s daughter, Victoria will also be in attendance with samples of her soon-to-be released Vincent Price Signature Wine Collection. The event takes place on Monday, October 6, 2014 at a South Loop mansion.
Allows us to post this:

(Hat tip: AB!)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Rees Coach House Moving on October 1st; Main House Scheduled for Early November

Rees Coach House Ready to Move on 10/1 (via Curbed Chi)
There has been a lot of interest in the moving of the historic Rees home in prep for the building of the DePaul arena.  Unfortunately it was slightly delayed.  We received notification yesterday about some developments (From the Metropolitan Pier and Expo Authority - MPEA - press release):
The three-story Harriet Rees House and its two-story coach house on the 2100 block of South Prairie Avenue moving one city block (400 feet) to 2017 S. Prairie Ave.
Currently, the coach house has been lifted from its foundation and loaded onto massive dollies in preparation for this move.
The coach house weighs 187 tons (374,000 pounds), and will be wheeled down Prairie Avenue to its new location. The coach house relocation—the first of two moves—provides an opportunity to see close-up what it will take to accomplish the highly anticipated move of the main house in early November. At almost three times longer, three times taller, and four times heavier than the coach house, the Rees House will be one of heaviest residential buildings ever moved in the United States.

The details:
· 8am to 4pm, Wednesday, 1 October 2014 (Optimal viewing of the coach house move will occur between 8:00am and 12:00pm)
o 7:00am-7:30am: Construction crew members clear and prepare the street; security personnel secure the corners of Prairie and 21st and Prairie and Cullerton.
o 8am: Mounted on six automated dollies, the coach house begins moving slowly down Prairie Avenue.
o 12:30pm-4pm: The coach house reaches its final site and is positioned over its new slab foundation. · The move will start at 2110 S. Prairie Avenue and end at 2017 S. Prairie Avenue.

As more details emerge for the November move we will let you know.  Below is an image from Curbed Chicago of the actual Rees House preparing for the move:

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mac Kelly's Brings Quick and Healthy Options to S. Michigan

We were excited, but wanted to stay reserved when it came to Mac Kellys Greens N' Things opening up at 1347 S. Michigan.  Their menu looked different and promising, but many menus have in the past.

Well we finally went and would confidently say it exceeded our expectations.  It's not gourmet, but it does provide a ton of healthy, quick dishes and from what we could tell the ingredients were all very fresh.  They definitely provide a unique offering in the neighborhood.

Throughout the city places like Protein Bar and Freshii seem to be popping up left and right.  If you like those places, chance are you will like the Sloop's version of Mac Kelly's (which tends to be more streamlined than the Loop version).  While the menu might not be as robust or trying to be as trendy it was pretty appetizing to us.

Since we're on the quinoa kick, we opted for the "Rapture Bowl" which consisted of organic quinoa, goat cheese avocado, mushrooms, spinach, red peppers, tomato, olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette and baked chicken:

We also opted for the "signature dressing" because it sounded amazing:

We also tried the "Teriyaki Twist" bowl which was rice noodles (which they were out of so had brown rice instead), green onions, cucumber, edamame, carrots, broccoli, sesame seeds and teryiaki sauce with steak.

To top it off we split the "Passion Smoothie" which had pineapple, mango, orange, strawberries and yogurt.  We watched intently as she made it and wow did the ingredients look fresh and wow did it taste fresh.

The woman working the counter was very nice.  While there are counters to eat on, this is more a take out type of place, which is nice, because if you need something healthy and quickly (which isn't easy to find in the Sloop) this fills that void.

We will be going back soon.  If you haven't been we suggest you try it out!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Meet Darla, A Darling 5-Month-Old Hound Mix

Sloopin is proud to work with The Anti-Cruelty Society and the PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center (EAC) in the South Loop (1101 S. Canal) to help bring awareness to their adoption program.  Every month we will be posting about a local animal who could use a home.

This week please meet Darla:
Meet Darla, a 5-month-old hound mix! Darla is a darling active and playful young pup. She will need lots of supervision, patience, and love in her new home due to her adolescent age. We recommend obedience training, house training, and socialization to help her become a well-mannered adult dog. Come introduce yourself to this cutie-pie today and see if she is your match!
The Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago’s oldest and largest animal welfare organization, opened up the South Loop satellite location in 2013! So far they have adopted close to an impressive 1,000 cat, dogs, puppies and kittens.

The EAC has room for 42 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. The 2,075 square foot facility includes kennels for dogs of all sizes, a cat adoption center, play areas for dogs waiting to find a home and an area for adopters and pets to hold meet-and-greets. More info on the EAC and the animals available can be found here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Lululemon Officially Opens Today at Roosevelt Collection

A representative from Lululemon reached out and let us know some news many in the Sloop are probably pretty excited about:
A new addition coming to the South Loop this Friday, September 26th is going to be lululemon! We open at 10am at the Roosevelt Collection and could not be more excited to join this incredible community. Store Manager Stacey Searle and her team have spent the last 5 months sweating at studios and gyms in the area and connecting with the community. They have a ton of fun things planned for the opening weekend and the celebration is culminating at their Grand Opening Party- A Collection of Friends. I have attached the invite for the October 2nd music and food fest and would love for you to join us. Please see the attached invitation for more details!

Nice to have them in the neighborhood!

Business counter is up-to-date.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Free Museum Day in the Sloop this Saturday (9/27)!

DNAinfo has the scoop on some free museum day:
Eleven Chicago museums will offer free admission Saturday, including the Adler Planetarium, Chicago History Museum and DuSable Museum of African American History. 
The event is part of Museum Day Live!, a national free museum day from Smithsonian Magazine. Each person who registers online here will receive two free tickets to one museum.

In the Sloop, the Adler Planetarium (1300 S. Lake Shore Drive), Glessner House Museum (1800 S. Priaire) and Clark House Museum (1827 S. Indiana Ave) are participating.

Click here to register to get your tickets.

On The Route Bicycles Moves from Michigan Ave to Dearborn

A reader writes:
The bike shop at 728 s dearborn finally opened up this week. Just in time for the winter.
As a reminder, the On The Route Bicycles moved from 1130 S. Michigan and to their new digs on Dearborn.

Best of luck to them!

(Hat tip:  BT!)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Happy Chinese Kitchen Build-out Underway at East Cermak

A reader writes:
Spotted this new sign had popped up over the weekend on the unit between Relax Massage and McCormick Market on the 300 block of E Cermak. Obviously a Chinese eatery of some description although it wasn't possible to tell yet if it's eat-in or takeout only.

(Hat tip:  DN!)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hand and Stone Massage Opening at 1130 S. Michigan

A reader writes:
Hand and Stone massage opening soon at 1130 S Michigan. The space that used to be the grocery and has been empty for years. Sign going up, i know the owner. It is the first of this brand in Illinois. Chain out of Philly. Will offer massage memberships and a few other services.
This is the retail space just south of Yolk on Michigan Ave and from what we can tell is different than the other massage business (Elements Massage) that we posted about last week that is opening at 1160 S. Michigan.

Apparently there is a lot of demand for massages on Michigan avenue...

(Hat tip:  GS!)

Burlington Coat Factory Opens at The Maxwell; Shred 415 Opens at Roosevelt Collection

To follow-up from our post last week there are apparently some more openings we missed at the Maxwell (Canal & Taylor) and Roosevelt Collection (150 W. Roosevelt).

According to their website and some readers, Burlington Coat Factor is open!  It's getting cold...go get a coat.

In other retail news, Shred 415 has apparently been burning calories at Roosevelt Collection since August:
Roosevelt Collection is proud to welcome the 6th outpost of the ever-popular Shred415. Acclaimed as one of the best workouts by Chicago Magazine and a must try for “cult fitness” by Vogue, the Shred415 doors were opened by fitness experts Bonnie Micheli and Tracy Roemer in April 2011 in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Since 2011, Shred415 has opened five additional studios, including one in Old Town, Wicker Park, Chicago’s North Shore and St. Louis, MO. The new studio in Chicago’s South Loop will offer Shred415’s one-of-a-kind high intensity interval training workout in heart-pounding, sweat-infused, 60-minute group fitness class.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Donate Food and Clothing to South Loop Community Church

If you're like us this cool weather has us reorganizing our closet.  If you have some old stuff you're trying to get rid of a frequent Sloopin contributor has a great suggestion:
South Loop Community Church, (“SLCC”) located at 1347 South State is collecting food and clothing to give out to those in need. Many of us are switching out our summer clothes for our winter clothes right about now and you are bound to come across some winter clothes you no longer need, PLEASE donate those to SLCC. They accept all clean clothes for men, women and children. They are in need of larger sizes but accept anything clean!!  
FOOD DONATIONS are also needed. SLCC distributes food every Saturday between 9-11 a.m., serving about 85-100 walk ins every week. Please donate any non-perishable food items to SLCC by contacting them (566-9076) and dropping it off there or by dropping your donations off at Overflow Coffee Bar or Urban Re-Mix. Volunteers are also needed for Saturdays distributions.  
Let’s put the Sloopin readers together to gather food and clothing this fall and help those in our neighborhood in need!

(Hat tip: NS!)