Friday, August 26, 2016

Pizano's Hit With a Stop Work Order at New Location in the Sloop

A reader writes:
Looks like the new Pizano's at 21st & Indiana has had a little setback. A stop work order went up the other day. Violation notes that they didn't have the proper licensing to build out a restaurant.

Hope this doesn't lead to a total project abandonment - was looking forward to them coming to the neighborhood.

Agreed and hopefully this is just blip on the radar.  

For those of you not familiar with Pizzano's moving into the area you catch our original post here.

(Hat tip:  TG!)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

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The Nook Openning up at 1929 S. Archer

Looks like we're getting a new daycare spot called The Nook:

Looks like they already have a location in Bucktown and according to them are officially opening on August 29th (but are accepting applications/tours now).

Best of luck and welcome to the Sloop!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Coming Soon Signs Appear for Aligned Modern Health at 1335 S. Michigan

It appears that more and more businesses are coming to South Michigan.  Yesterday we posted about a business called "Vault" and today, we got a picture with signage suggesting a Aligned Modern Health is coming soon to 1335 S. Michigan:

We don't know much about this business, but according to their website they offer a variety of services ranging from acupuncture to fitness classes.  They also have numerous locations in various neighborhoods around the Chicago.

What's not clear is where they're moving in within the building.  As you can also see in the picture, PianoForte owns and occupies this building (as far as we know).  Not sure if they aren't using the entire space or whether they are downsizing.

As you may recall the first floor is full of pianos, so not sure if they're moving those to a higher floor or if Aligned Modern Health is simply taking one of the other floors.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Another Opinion on the Proposed Bike Lanes for Polk / Plymouth Ct / 9th Street

Last week we posted about a proposal for new bike lanes and a public meeting to discuss them.  It appears that there are some strong opinions on the topic (which we appreciate).

A reader writes:
Hello. I’m a resident of Plymouth Ct. in Dearborn Park II. I am extremely familiar with the traffic issues and patterns - pedestrian, cyclist, and auto - of the area under discussion. Today (last week) you posted something from “a reader” that had a VERY strong bias against the proposed bike lanes on Polk, Plymouth, and 9th. The reader was flat out wrong about the increased collisions between cyclists and other users. And also wrong about ‘ruining’ the neighborhood. Well designed cycling infrastructure always improves traffic flow (including with pedestrians, who in any case do not tend to walk in the street in Dearborn Park) and add tremendous appeal to any area. This is born out in many, many studies, but also aligns with common sense since the streets in question clearly need improvements due to their already being used by various modes of transport.
I won’t have the option of attending the public meeting next week, so I had to put in my two cents. I hope common sense dominates.
Clearly there are some strong opinions with this.  Hope people can continue to voice their thoughts and attend the meeting tonight.

(Hat tip: LN!)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Signage for "Vault" Appears at 1325 S. Michigan Retail Space

A reader writes:
Looks like a new business is coming to 1325 south Michigan. No luck with accessing the website. As I recall, this spot has been vacant for a while.

Not really sure what this is.  Does anyone have any insight?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Sloopin Open House:
Two Similar Townhouses; Two Differing Prices

Real estate listing prices can be a tricky thing.  This weekend, we noticed two townhouses in the same complex with relatively similar layouts (as far as we can tell) but with drastically different pricing.

These two townhouses are listed as 3 floor units with 2bd/3bths.  Both have roofdecks as well.

The main difference is one is remodeled:

And one is not:

So what's the difference in price?

  • 1434 S. Federal St - $769K
  • 1341 S. Clark St - $550K
That's a whopping difference of $219K!

Now we understand a remodel can be worth a good chunk of change, but that seems like a lot.  

Should be interesting to see which one sells faster and what they end up selling for.  

If you would like to check out these units head on over

Friday, August 19, 2016

New Bike Lanes Proposed to Connect Dearborn Route to Grant Park

A reader writes:
There is a South Loop Neighbors meeting being held on August 23 at 7:00 pm at Grace Place on this topic where CDOT will discuss this proposal. We are hoping that 4th Ward - Alderman Sophie King plans to attend.  
The proposed bike lane will connect Dearborn St. at Polk, to Plymouth Court until 9th Street, turn East bound on 9th all the way to Grant Park. This will go through the Dearborn Park 1 RESIDENTIAL area, and increase bicycle traffic through this neighborhood.  
The potential for collisions between Bicyclists and 1) children, 2) dogs, dog walkers going to the Park, 3) the aged residents from The Oaks, and of course, the considerable foot traffic Of the residents…  
This will actually ruin the nice, quiet gated community that is there today…

(Hat tip:  MW!)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Riverline Project Phase 1 Set To Break Ground Mid-September

It looks like the first phase of the Riverline project is about to get started (via Curbed):
It’s been a long time in the making, but now we have a more approximate date for the Riverline mega-project’s groundbreaking. According to developers CMK Companies and Lendlease, workers are expected to break ground on the ambitious project in mid-September. The development, with a master plan designed by Perkins+Will, will span 14 acres and will deliver 3,600 new residences to the greater South Loop area when completed. The first phase will focus on two towers, 60 townhouses, and a 3.5 acre riverfront park.
As you may recall back in late 2015, this massive project was announced.  It's a an ambitious one and a doozy that if realized will dramatically transform the west side of our neighborhood.

While it's a big project, it does seem to make a lot of sense.  This land seems highly attractive as it will provide quick access to the loop and various other desirable neighborhoods (such as the West Loop).  Couple this with the plans for the gigantic old post office and it's easy to see why they're moving forward.

The curbed post has some additional renderings.  Take a look!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Some More Info on Rylon's Smokehouse (67 E. Cermak)

Back at the beginning of the month we posted about a new restaurant called Rylon's Smokehouse that is proposed for Cermak.  The Chicago Tribune has some more information and what we found interesting was that it's taking over for another restaurant on Cermak:
To open Rylon's Smokehouse, the chef is partnering with owners of La Cantina Grill, the 10-year-old Mexican restaurant at 1911 S. Michigan Ave. The smokehouse will replace Pizzeria Brandi, also owned by the La Cantina group. It will include not only the former pizzeria but a small adjoining space that will be converted into the bar area, said La Cantina President John Mauro.
As you can see by the google maps shot below, we assume this means they're taking over the never opened Pretty Donkey Coffee space:

The article also goes on to talk about what we can expect:
Rylon envisions the new restaurant — a 2,400-square-foot, 40-seat space — as a sit-down place with barbecue, side dishes (including baked beans set in the smoker to catch the dripping brisket juices), brisket salads, pulled pork tacos and more, plus a full liquor license.  
His barbecue will be a combination of pit grilling and smoking, he said. He doesn't want the flavor of the meat to be overwhelmed by smoke. The sauces will be a medium consistency — not thick but not watery-thin. It's a style he hopes to define as Chicago-style barbecue, he said.

Sounds pretty delicious to us!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Does Fence Coming Down Mean "Micro-Apartments" Coming to Polk/Dearborn Corner?

A reader writes:
Have not seen this corner fence-less in about 8 years? 
I know there are plans to develop this corner with micro-condos...could it actually be happening? Or did they finally realize that the fence and lot look as horrible as everyone else has been thinking.

Anyone know?
In case you don't know, about a year ago we posted about a "micro-apartment" building that was proposed for this little but high-profile spot.  Not sure this means it's happening, but curious if anyone knows.

(Hat tip:  TR!)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Akirah's (1845 S. State) Launches a GoFundMe Page

We've had a bunch of emails from readers regarding the status of Akirah's (1845 S. State).  It sounds like they're short on money and have launched a gofundme page:
We didn't have a ton of info about this place when signs went up back in May of 2015.  It appears they need $20K and have a long way to go.
Best of luck to them...hope to see them open!