Chicago White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin has paid $650,000 for an eight-room, 2,807-square-foot town home in the South Loop.
Quentin's new unit most recently had been listed for $719,900 and originally came on the market last year for $729,900. The deal closed March 31.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Welcome to the Sloop Sox Star Carlos Quentin
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Enjoy Pilates Day on Saturday 5/1
(Hat Tip: K!)
‘Pilates Day®’ Celebration at Posture Perfect Pilates, Chicago, IL
Saturday May 1, 2010; 9am-5pm
Each year on the first Saturday in May, the Pilates Method Alliance® (PMA)® celebrates Pilates Day®.Pilates Day was created by the PMA to promote awareness of the many benefits that Pilates Method brings to every age group, and to promote healthy living. Posture Perfect Pilates' Pilates Day event will feature a free mat class at 10am, a free CARDIOLATES® class at 11am and an open house from noon until 5pm.
Instructors will be on hand to answer questions, give demonstrations, and allow guests to try the equipment for themselves. Food will be provided by Enter the Chef, a healthy, portion controlled meal service created by Joey Morelli of Joey's Brickhouse. Guests of the Pilates Day will receive 10% any Pilates class package purchased during the event.
Posture Perfect Pilates is also proud to be working with Smiling Bright, Chicago’s premier professional teeth whitening stores and will be offering a free $50 gift certificate (limited to two certificates per person) to be used for any 20 minute, 40 minute or 60 minute regular priced teeth whitening service.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
No Go On Red Bull BMX Event
The Red Bull Stomping Grounds BMX tournament won't be held at the southwestern corner of Harrison and Wells, a representative from the drink company has confirmed.There has been a healthy discussion from people who support and oppose the event and from the sounds of it the people who opposed it won. Here are some older Sloopin posts on the topic.
Jennifer Belongia, a Red Bull spokeswoman, told Chicago Journal this afternoon that "the site is going to be changing ... based on what's best for the event."
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
A New Soccer Field and Info about Youth Sports in the Sloop
It's almost finished getting ready for the season, thought you might wanna let the sloopers know the expansion of this park. Attached is a pic of the newly expanded soccer area (still fenced in, but almost there).
A nice addition to the Sloop.
With sporting fields in mind it also seems relevant to pass along some information about youth sports:
Just wanted to pass this info along--they need all the exposure they can get!Near South Youth Association is a non-for-profit, community-based organization working to improve the quality of life for all families and children in Chicago's Near South. Visit http://www.
nearsouthyouthassociation.com, http://www.nearsouthsoccer. com, and http://www. nearsouthlittleleague.com. Spring soccer is currently underway.
(Hat Tip: JC & Ps!)
Monday, April 26, 2010
Solid: Chutney Joe's
I went to Chutney Joe’s over the weekend. I love Indian food so I was anxious to try it out. The menu is fairly limited and is essentially fast Indian food, but don’t let that stop you. This is not the Panda Express version of Indian food. There are 4 meat entrée selections and 4 entrée selections for the herbivores among us. Entrees come with a side of Basmati rice or Naan bread.(Hat Tip: D Beezy!)
Additionally, there are a handful of sides such as Samosas and Tandoori Chicken Bites.The food was very good and flavorful, although different than your standard Americanized Indian restaurant. The Chicken Tikka Masala, for example, was not in a cream based sauce. Personally, I prefer the food I find on Devon Street, but if you’re looking for a quick Indian bite in the neighborhood for <$8 Chutney Joe’s is a pretty solid option.
(Image from MetroMix - Barry Brecheisen)
Whole Foods Sponsors Food Inc. Screening at Showplace Icon
The video and subsequent forum following was enlightening to say the least. This was our first time at Showplace Icon on a weeknight. Not much has changed since it opened. No additional developments in the Roosevelt Collection store fronts were noted. The entire place was deserted for the most part. There were around 20 to 30 people that attended this event so it was a pretty empty theater. The movie itself was very interesting and talked a lot about how a few large corporations control the food we eat and how they are the ones finding ways to grow animals, vegetables and fruits in a fraction of the time and an exponentially higher yield. All with the help of chemicals and altered genes.
The movie (Food Inc.) does a good job of showing the opposite side of the corporate food movement which more of a grass roots approach to farming and food. No chemicals, no fertilizers and no cages. This is where the forum came in and talked about what they are doing in the area to promote healthier lifestyles and pure foods. This is the whole idea behind Whole Foods and the 61st street farmers market down in the Woodlawn neighborhood.
A big interest to me was the idea of the farmers market and made me wonder if this is something that the Sloop would be capable of supporting, or do readers think Whole Foods meets all of their needs in the "healthy food" department? I personally think it would be a great weekend event for the sloop and wouldn't be intended to compete with Whole Foods (not that it could even come close), but to supplement it. It is also a great way to support local farmers and businesses.
Another thing the forum members mentioned were buying clubs, where a group of people put in a larger order, someone from the neighborhood goes to the market, picks it up and brings it back to the members of the community. Regardless, I may start picking up my meat and vegetables down at the 61st street farmers market and would most certainly consider a buying club of some sort, as I realize not everyone has transportation. It was a great event in the Sloop and was most certainly eye opening. Food Inc. is definitely worth a watch and Whole Foods may find its way into my weekly grocery schedule. What do you think about this subject?
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Weekend Reading: The Olympic Legacy Revisited; NYT Looks at Condo Boards Issues with Developers
First, the Newcity blog takes a look at the Olympic legacy and specifically the Michael Reese Campus that was planned to be the glistening Olympic village in an article titled:
Nolympic Dreams: Six months after the 2016 heartbreack, what's the legacy of would-be glory?
In the architectural renderings, twenty-one high-rises line the south lakefront amid rows of orderly green trees. A newly built pedestrian bridge arcs over the Metra Electric tracks and Lake Shore Drive to connect the shimmering high-rises to the lakefront attractions, which include a new fountain, amphitheater and swimming pool. On the side of each high-rise is visible a symbol that’s slowly sliding from ubiquity to oblivion: the Chicago 2016 logo.
Also of interest was a NYT article (from the Chicago News Cooperative) looks at the problems many Condo boards are facing with their developers who have built crappy buildings:
Unexpected Repairs Rattle Owners of New Condos
The view from Tom and Jane Justic’s eighth-floor condominium in the South Loop — with Soldier Field in the foreground and majestic Lake Michigan behind it — is exactly what they were looking for when they moved from Beverly in 2005.
But the condominium that came with that view has an unexpected and unwelcome additional cost: $850 a month in special assessments for the next five years, to cover the expense of building repairs that were completed late last year.
(Hat Tip: FS!)
(Image from NYT)
Friday, April 23, 2010
For Sloopers Concerned About the BMX Event
Dear Concerned Resident:
There will be a community meeting tonight (April 23) at 6:30 PM (in about 4 hours in fact) at Wells and Harrison to discuss the May 15 Red Bull Stomping Ground Event to be held at the same location. I just now received the information below (in blue text/yellow highlight and also attached as a .pdf file) from the organizers of the event. Below that I have some information that I had previously sent out from the "Stomping Ground" web site (in blue highlight) about this event.
Please plan on attending this event if you can.
P.S. As of this date, I have received numerous emails expressing strong concern over this event. I believe that many questions about this event still need to be answered by the various parties "in the know."
(Hat Tip: EP!)
Shots (Segways) Around the Sloop: 11th Street Bridge
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Blogging the Creation of the BMX Course
Since my living room overlooks the lot and the future course, I’ve decided to cover the construction and implementation of the event on this here blog. If you’re interested in the politics and impact of the situation then check out South Loop blog, Sloopin’s coverage. I’ll be hanging out, shooting pictures and drinking a beer, watching dudes do flips on bicycles. Below are some photos from this morning.Take a look at the link...it has some interesting pictures and should be fun to watch the progress.
(Hat Tip: Brian!)
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
How are the Cermak-Chinatown CTA Station Improvements Coming Along?
I'm not in the neighborhood anymore but I was kind of curious as to how the Cermak construction is going on the new red line station. Does it look like the new entrance on Archer is going to be open soon?
We haven't seen a ton of progress, but was hoping someone else out in cyberspace could provide an update for our emailer and all the readers.
For more background here is a link to a description of the project:
(Images from the CTA website)
(Hat Tip: MH!)
A New Comment Moderation Policy on Sloopin
Every so often we like to take a look at the blog and try to ensure we're providing the best site possible. Over the past couple of years, we've had multiple discussions and emails about commenting on Sloopin. Since this is primarily a blog, our goal is to let the voices of the South Loop be heard (mostly unfiltered and uncensored).
Unfortunately, some comments have increasingly been off topic and unnecesarily agitating. With this said, we will be altering our comment moderation policy on Sloopin.
Starting today, we will do our best to review every comment. What this means is that our team will manually approve each comment before it's posted to the comment section on Sloopin. We will do our best to do this in a timely matter, but please be patient with us.
Just to reiterate, our goal is to encourage dialogue and opinions on issues and topics specific to the greater South Loop neighborhood. Opinions will differ, but please do your best to comment in a respectful and productive manner.
Please let us know how you feel!
The Sloopin Gang
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Whiskey Week Comes to Chicago & the South Loop
Friday, April 23, 2010
6:30 - 9:30 PM
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Regular admission: $110
VIP admission: $150
Over 250 Whiskies in One Place, on One Night
WhiskyFest Chicago will feature more than 250 of the world's finest, rarest, and most expensive, single malt and blended Scotch, Irish, bourbon, Tennessee, Japanese, Welsh, Canadian and other whiskies from around the world to sample in one Grand Ballroom. High-end rums, tequilas beer and other spirits will be represented as well. Pouring list.
The Classic Malt Selection at Warehouse Liquors
Wednesday, April 21st, 7:30-9pm
Join Martin C. Duffy, Senior Master of Whisky, as he takes you through the western coast single malts of the award winning Classic Malts Selection in a classroom-style setting.
RSVP is required. Seating is very limited.
634 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605-1860
(312) 663-1850; ask for Gene.
And one more at Binny's on Thursday (4/22):
World of Whisky at Binny’s Beverage Depot (South Loop)
Thursday, April 22nd at 5-8pm
Brett Pontoni hosts Binny’s Annual tasting of over 150 of the finest whiskies the world has to offer. Meet Whisky Ambassadors & Distillers from all over the world.
1132 S. Jefferson St., Chicago
$50 Binny’s Card members / $60 non-members
Call for reservations: 1-888-817-5898
2x10 Nails Moving into 1212 S. Michigan
Monday, April 19, 2010
Two South Loop Restaurants Named in Chicago's Top 40 of All Time
36. Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli 1942-present // South Loop (deli food)
Where cops, aldermen, yuppies, old-timers, and multi- cultis have always stood
shoulder to shoulder for massive potato pan cakes and pastrami sandwiches.
16. Everest 1986-present // South Loop (French) This bastion of
haute owes its success—four stars for 19 straight years—to Jean Joho, the anti-trend chef who shows no signs of letting up.
33. Hackney’s on Harms 1939-present // Glenview (American) Some pretty
hotsy-totsy chefs have discovered hamburgers lately, but time was when the
half-pounder on dark rye and fried onion loaf at Hackney’s had no peers.
Following-Up on the Trader Joe's Rumor
We appreciate your inquiry. We are still expanding, but at this time we
do not have any confirmed plans for a location in this area.
Spoke with a sales agent for the property management company today (I emailed in an inquiry on the location), most of the area has been leased to a "restaurant" but he couldn't say who/what because negotiations are still under way.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
ABC 7's Hungry Hound Looks at Custom House
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Join the Alderman for South Loop Spring Cleaning
Come join me at our 2nd Ward Spring Clean and Green!
9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 17th
Meeting locations for this Spring are:
The South Loop Field House
1801 S. Indiana
This is a great opportunity to show how much you care about your
community. Come join your neighbors or meet new ones as we for one day
play the role of Streets and Sanitation workers picking up trash, pulling out
weeds, getting rid of graffiti and making our neighborhoods a cleaner and safer
place to live and grow up in.
The City will supply all the cleaning tools and supplies and my office will
provide lunch. There are many options available as far as cleaning locations and
group stagings are concerned. For more information contact my office,
Sorry for the late notice, but better late then never...
Friday, April 16, 2010
Donate to Barefoot for Haiti at Old St. Mary's Church
The Old St. Mary's School and Church have partnered with Soles4Souls to help collect new and gently worn shoes for the victims of the Haitian earthquake! Join us and take off your shoes for Haiti! And as part of this powerful movement, clean out your closets and bring the shoes to donate!
In an effort to collect as many shoes as possible, the Old St. Mary's Community is seeking support for the Barefoot4Haiti Campaign from friends and neighbors in the South Loop. Soles4Souls accepts all types of new and gently worn shoes including: athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance and flip flops. Shoes appropriate for the conditions in Haiti will be delivered there. Bring your new or gently used shoes:
LOCATION: Old St. Mary's Catholic Church Foyer (1500 S. Michigan Ave.) Parking north of the church.
DATE: Saturday, April 17th
TIME: 10 AM -4 PM
DONATIONS: If your shoes have laces, please tie the shoes together with the laces. If not, please secure the shoes together with a rubber band. If gently used shoes are donated, please ensure they are washed and/or otherwise clean.
Also, we will be collecting shoes at each Mass on April 17th and 18th .
(Hat Tip: RHM!)
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Save Money at Gioco & Opera
First, Groupon has a $50 gift certificate for $25 for Gioco.
Second, we heard from numerous people that KDK restaurants (who run Gioco, Opera, Red Light and Marche) will be giving $50 gift certificates to anyone who buys a entree tonight at one of their restaurants. This is a tax day promotion and only will be offered tonight.
So there you have it...save money in the South Loop on tax day.
(Hat Tip: ND, BW, PF!)
"The Miracle on 21st Street" - Cuatro Reopening
The announcement is below:
(Hat Tip: KS!)
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
A Reiew of the South Loop Film Festival
Earlier this week we posted about the first annual South Loop Film Festival and from reading this review in Gapers Block, it sounds as if it was a good event:
The festival included 2 world premieres, eleven Chicago premieres and it was successful in its organization, curation and attendance. Here's hoping there is a Second Annual South Loop Film Festival.
(Image from Gapers Block, Christian Date)
(Hat Tip: To Anon)
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
BMX Competition Coming to Printers Row Area
It looks like the infamous undeveloped lot at Wells and Harrison will be transformed into a BMX course this summer. There has been a lot of news about this property, but this twist was definitely unexpected. Anyway, should be an unusual but highly entertaining event on May 15th:
This summer, one man’s pile of dirt will become another man’s treasure. Red Bull Stomping Ground will transform an abandoned construction zone into the ultimate dirt playground in Chicago on May 15, 2010. Thousands will be able to witness a BMX dirt competition that will bring the tricks of the trails to an urban mecca, as riders from all over the world will meet in the Windy city to prove who has the best skills.
(Hat Tip: ES!)
Monday, April 12, 2010
Groupon Side Deal Today for Bongo Room
Ideas for Development at the Old Ickes Homes
I wanted to get folks opinions/ideas on what to do with the Ickes site. I may have a voice to present or at least share ideas with the CHA planning board. In my opinion, I think they should not invest in actual housing, but go beyond the typical middle-ground retail and really try to establish this site as a place to shop, visit, etc..for folks visiting McCormick Place, Chinatown or residents of the South Loop.
We've spoken to numerous people about housing in the neighborhood and it's obvious that their is way to much supply (however hopefully this is just a result of the lagging economy). The fact that this large piece of land is on a high profile road in between McCormick Place and Chinatown seems to support the idea stated above. The question is...what to do with the land?
Chances are that there will also be a new CTA stop at State and Cermak within the next 5 or 10 years just adding to the foot traffic in the area.
For more background and an update on the current demolition plans at the Ickes Homes (and other public housing) here is a good article from April 4th in the Sun Times.
(Hat Tip: SMR!)
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Cutting Kids Hair at Kutting Edge Kidz
A new kids themed haircut place is opening at Archer and State...taking the place of the coffee shop.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Flo & Santos Overview on the Thrillist
Named for the parents of a mixed Polish (Flo) and Italian (Santos) family that one of the owners grew up with, F&S honors both of their culinary roots in a 67-seat exposed brick & red-boothed pub decked with eight flatscreens (plus a 90-inch HD projection screen) and photos of the old Chicago Coliseum, which hosted Buffalo Bill's "Wild West" show, but mercifully was destroyed before it could see the Will Smith version.(Hat Tip: AM & MS!)
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Spotted: Numerous Filmings in the Sloop
Anyone know what they are filming by the tracks on state and 14th street? I've also heard reports that something was being filmed up on 9th and state in LA boxing.We went on the site beforethetrailer.com which specializes in movie filmings and found that there were some movies filming in Chicago, but besides that we don't know (link here and here).
If you have any additional information let us know!
Update: A reader writes that the filming at 14th and State is for a pilot called ATF:
(Hat Tip: AB!)
1st Annual South Loop Film Festival Kicks Off Today
(Hat Tip: LGL & SMR!)
April 8th @ 7:30 - 10:30pm
South Loop Film Festival
Showplace Icon Theater at Roosevelt Collection
150 W Roosevelt
The 1st annual South Loop Film Festival takes place April 8th 2010 in Chicago, IL. SLPFF2010 is a celebration of independent film with a connection to the Midwest that will feature comedy, drama, documentary, animation & music videos (all under 10 minutes). There will be an audience award given out, which includes a $200 gift card donated by Whole Foods Market.
Tickets to the screening are $10. Everyone attending will receive a "swag bag" of goodies. Proceeds from the screening will benefit local non-profit Beyondmedia Education.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Shots Around the Sloop: I Wish
Saw this plate yesterday on a run around the neighborhood. Just wondering if this was you? :)
Adios to Cuatro
With sadness, the time has arrived... Cuatro will become a fond
memory (barring intervention of the miraculous kind!). We will be serving
out last dinner on Saturday, April 10, 2010.
The Cuatro Family & Staff thank each and every patron of past &
present. Our shared experiences will never be forgotten. Cuatro was
born with a dream. A dream realized. A dream brought to life by
Again, THANK YOU so very much. Please come by to enjoy the many
favorites developed over the last 4 1/2 years. We look forward to serving
you one last time over the next week.
Cuatro Family & Staff
P.S. Yes, we are still BYOB.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Columbia College Film School Evolves
On Sunday there was a great story in the Chicago Tribune about Columbia College's attempt to remake it film school:
The cliches of student filmmaking (alarm clocks in opening shots, Tarantino-inspired handguns pointed sideways, etc.) tend to be universal. These days, however, faculty and alumni say they've been noticing more personal-minded, narrative-conscious students at Columbia. None of it comes as a surprise: The school's four-decade-old film program, long a home for documentary filmmaking and nuts-and-bolts technical instruction, is making bold steps toward reinvention. Yet there's a question on the minds of many of those same faculty, alumni and even students: When will it see the respect that other film schools enjoy?
Monday, April 5, 2010
Flo & Santos to Open on April 15th According to the Red Eye
According to the redeye (Page 17) today (March 31st), Flo & Santos will be opening on April 15th
"Italian Eats & Polish treats"
Posture Perfect Pilates on YouSwoop
Blackhawks Roadwatch Coming to Kroll's on Tuesday
Pigeon Spikes Installed at Roosevelt CTA Stop Exit!
A big thanks to all the Sloopin readers who emailed the CTA and Alderman's office about this issue. Although we can't confirm we were the cause of this improvement, it seems like we definitely had something to do with it.
Since we were the ones who complained, it only seems appropriate that we give them credit and say thanks. Here are links to their emails CTA and Alderman Fioretti's Office if you wish to send them a thank you email.
Here are a couple pictures and a video of the current state of the exit:
(Hat Tip: SC & PF!)
Sunday, April 4, 2010
A Big Monday for Sports....And Eating Hot Dogs!
The Sox start their season at home against the Cleveland Indiana at 1:05pm and the Cubs are in Atlanta and have a start time of 3:05pm. The NCAA championship game starts at 8:51pm.
Needless to say, it's a big sports day. If that's not enough, maybe you can head on over to The Weather Mark Tavern (1503 S. Michigan Ave.) for the 2nd annual hot dog eating contest, should be fun:
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Printers Row Church of Scientology Plans to Open This Year?
The windows are boarded-up and there's a "Keep Out" sign in the windowsill. Many in the Printer's Row neighborhood are unaware that the vacant brick building is slated to become Illinois' new welcome center for the Church of Scientology at the end of the year. The $4-million purchase of the seven-story structure is part of a nationwide push by Scientologists to open a host of new church buildings and draw new members into the faith.
Scientologists say the Chicago building will focus on community outreach. Plans include a lobby open to the public that will host educational materials and displays on Hubbard, his religious philosophies and prolific writings; a large chapel will be able to convert into a space for community gatherings.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
PDNA's Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday
A Shout Out to Tejas Yoga
Thank you for posting the information on the new hot yoga center that will open eventually in the Sloop. I practice yoga and am always interested in new places to practice, especially ones in the neighborhood. I noticed that your blog didn't feature Tejas Yoga which opened towards the end of last year. I know that one of the owners actually lives in the in the Sloop. I've attended a few classes here and would love for them to get some attention so they can build a sustainable business in the Sloop.