Bikram Yoga South Loop has commenced construction in Dearborn Station (see attached pic). We aspire to open in February 2011. Will update again when newsworthiness prompts.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
We couldn't find much on the Internet specific to this spot, but maybe it could be associated with this TLC cafe in Glenview? We doubt it...
Anyone have additional background on this spot?
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Both restaurants serve comfort food that appeal to all segments of Chicago, regardless of race or class. As a result, the clientele for both is perfect for “man of the people” shots with every kind of person present in the background: from Streets and San workers next to beat cops to Governors and CEOs. Given some of the City’s cultural lines, that is a rare and valuable thing. But we think Manny’s longer history, central location in the South Loop, and fantastic food will keep it on tops for visible vittles. Plus, Valois' policy of only taking cash offers up some too-easy-to-resist one-liners that smart Chicago pols will avoid...
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Trader Joe's #701
Business license details
Location 1147 S. Wabash Ave. Issue date November 24, 2010 License type Limited business license
Required for general sales, service and office operations or businesses that do not fall under another license category and are not exempt from city licenses.
Expiration date June 15, 2012 Structure Corporation
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I saw the post about the falcon sighting in the s. loop & thought I'd send these along too - a little Kestrel paid my office window (on S. Wabash between Balbo & Harrison) a visit a couple weeks ago. I was excited to see a non-pigeon for a change :).
(Hat Tip: A!)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Drove by "Chi Bakery" this morning. They have a nice sign and it looks like a cute place, but I couldn't see in the window from Cermak where I was driving. It's right next the the Willie Dixon courtyard where they have the free concerts. It would be great if this turns out to be a decent place!Ironically, we just received a notification from Alderman Fioretti's newsletter about the spot and apparantely it opened this past Saturday:
Chi Bakery and Cafe
Home Baked Treats and Drinks and its Bundt Cake Cafe is opening tomorrow,
between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at 2132 S. Michigan Ave., just
north of Cermak Road in the historic Motor Row district. This bakery offers a
sit-down and kid-friendly atmosphere with WIFI, a daily cake special and a cafe
menu with an all-turkey breakfast sandwich, coffee, tea, milk, juices and
Please call (312) 808-0482 for more information.
Sounds like a good addition to the hood!
(Hat Tip: LH!)
Monday, November 22, 2010
But the biggest and in our opinion most frustrating part of the development has been the lack of news around the retail in this building. Yes, we know about the "1.3 Million square feet" of retail space, but we haven't heard anything else really. Initially we heard retail would open in summer or fall of 2010. Then in Dec of 2009, we heard retail might open in late 2010 or early 2011. Last we heard in regard to the retail was in the YoChicago article from July which said:
The leasing staff still isn’t divulging any information about which retailers will be following Kerasotes into the development’s commercial spaces, except to say that about half of the retail space is under contract, and that occupants are expected to arrive in the next 12 to 18 months.
So 12 to 18 months would mean retail would open sometime between July 2011 and January 2012. Wow, that's still a long time away.
Anyway, enough with the frustrating news. Let's talk about potential. Back in December of last year, we asked readers to post comments about what they would like to see in this retail space. We got a wide range of 'dream' stores like Crate & Barrel, Trader Joes, Peets, Fox & Obel, CB2, Intelligentsia, American Apparel, Ulta, Sephora, Wishbone, Borders, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dick's Sporting Goods, and so on. Although some of these places seem like a long shot, our fingers are crossed.
Another way to look at this is to see who Centrum Properties has worked with in the past. As you may or may not know, Centrum also built a building on North Avenue called "North Avenue Collection", sound familiar? Within this building you will find some of the following retailers:
- California Pizza Kitchen
- J. Crew
- Banana Republic
- Victoria's Secret
- Crunch (closed)
- Urban Oasis Spa
As far as we know, all of these retailers have locations on the Magnificent Mile or somewhere up North, but they don't have much representation on the South Side (or State street shopping). We would love to see them come to the Roosevelt Collection. Centrum has also worked on other developments and according to their website other retailers such as Borders, Qdoba, Verizon.
(Image from Centrum Properties Websites)
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Greater South Loop Association will be hosting “State of the South Loop” meeting 9:30am, Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 1420 S Michigan Ave. Learn what is going on in the South Loop and get the latest updates on the South Loop Dog PAC, 2nd & 3rd Wards, and more!
If you're interested check out there facebook page here.
"When we learned of Columbia's interest in preserving the building and using it to expand opportunities for young people to study visual, performing, media and communication arts, we knew this was an opportunity that we should pursue,"
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Ok, I'm not trying to fuel a hopeless fire, but a friend who knows a manager at the Ontario location said that they had finally sealed the deal on the old Sam's space, and they are shooting to open in March. Still can't find any thing "official" online, but did find this post on the Frankel & Giles blog from Sept. They are in the real estate biz in the area...
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
It's not as prestigious but still worthwhile to call out. Time Out Chicago just did a piece about 50 unknown bars throughout the city that are classified as "unsung but lovable dives, lounges and taverns". The two spots within the South Loop are:
When brothers Marco and Miguel Silva bought the Butcher’s Dog in 2007, it was your average, run-of-the-mill Irish bar. To say the brothers took the space and turned it on its head would be an understatement. The long, narrow room now has a Bonnie and Clyde–meets-baroque look, and the clientele has gone from old men to young South Loopers. The biggest change of all: The Silvas kicked the likes of Budweiser and Miller off their beer list to make room for 100-plus microbrews. Extra shot The bar’s burgers are all made with Dietzler Farms’ ethically raised beef. 649 S Clark St (312-356-9992).—David Tamarkin
LITTLE BRANCH CAFE
It’s hidden in a quiet South Loop development, yet the fact that it exists is not the most surprising thing about Little Branch Cafe. Rather, it’s the fact that, come nightfall, this spot (it’s a coffee-and-sandwich shop by day) transforms into a cocktail bar. The wine, beer and cocktail lists are tightly edited (think classics such as the Corpse Reviver), and because it’s so quiet in here, there’s nothing to distract you from how well the drinks are executed. Extra shot The dinner menu, with items like chicken and waffles, goes beyond the lunchtime offerings of panini. 1251 S Prairie Ave (312-360-0101).—David Tamarkin
While we would agree that Villain's is a great unsung bar in the South Loop, we wouldn't say the same thing about Little Branch Cafe. We had a pleasant experience there (click here) but if we're talking about bars/lounges would much rather see something like M Lounge on this list.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Brad Block, a supervisor for the Chicago Commission on Animal Care and Control, said the animal has the run of the Loop to help deal with rats and mice. He said no one has called today to complain.Also here is a video from WGN, he's a big boy:
"He's not a threat...He's not going to pick up your children," Block said. "His job is to deal with all of the nuisance problems, like mice, rats and rabbits."
Block said he believes the coyote is one of those fitted with a GPS device to monitor its whereabouts. He said the coyote is pretty timid and stays away from people. Cook County officials have fitted a few coyotes with GPS as part of an urban coyote project and has allowed them to run wild in Chicago to deal with the rodent population. It was unclear whether this coyote is part of that program. The animal was not captured.
(Hat Tip: Scrumpy and AV!)
The South Loop-based club and lounge is emerging as a mandatory destination for movers and shakers on the hip-hop and entertainment scene. All the aforementioned artists, plus Common, Lupe Fiasco--who is appearing Sunday with aldermanic candidate Rhymefest--Devin Hester, LeBron "King" James and others have been to the ultra-modern lounge since it opened in summer 2009. It also is carving out a special niche as a place to see classic rap acts, including the recent reunion of Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth.Although the positive press is great to read, one quote about the challenges the club faces sticks out in our mind:
There are challenges to The Shrine's longevity, one of them: location. Russo says when he scouted the area three years ago, the South Loop was on the rise. That doesn't appear to be the case now, he said.Do you think The Shrine can survive with it's location? Personally I love the area down there. It's very urban, industrial and interesting to me. However, the fact is that for most people (including many South Loopers) south of 18th is no mans land. In our opinion it's mostly due to the lack of an EL stop close to this area. Another negative was the stigma that the Ickes homes had over the area. Since these have been torn down that shady element is as prevalent, but the perception still remains for most.
Anyway, The Shrine helps this area. The question is will it develop some foot traffic or is this just a wish?
(Image from Chicago Now)
Monday, November 15, 2010
Alderman Fioretti and the Chicago Park District invite you to attend a public meeting to review conceptual plans for a new Chicago park near 16th Street and Wabash Avenue.The site will be developed into a new park, with area residents and dog owners in mind. A dog friendly area will be part of the design as well as areas for residents without dogs.7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, 20101st District Chicago Police Station1718 S. State StreetIf you have any questions prior to the meeting, please contact Maritza Garcia in the 2nd Ward community service office at (312) 263‐9273 or Maritza.email@example.com.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Yes, we've walked by hundreds of times over the years, but besides looking at the inside through the windows we didn't have a good perspective as to what was within. Although we still don't have a complete picture, we had a video conference for work setup in one of the conference rooms within the building.
Needless to say, the building is new and looks pretty good on the outside. The same goes for the inside as far as I can tell. I think back to my time at a Big Ten University and don't remember the amenities being as nice as the University Center.
Anyway, here is a quick blurb from their website:
University Center is the perfect Chicago urban residence to live, study and play! Located on State Street in the heart of Chicago's educational corridor, University center is just steps from the campuses of Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Robert Morris University and Roosevelt University. Enjoy the convenience of having your home close to classes, shopping, restaurants, entertainment venues, museums and Lake Michigan!
Catering to the needs of the modern student, University Center offers spacious suites and apartments, technologically advanced amenities, a versatile dining center and an engaging social atmosphere. With over 1,700 residents, an extensive residence life program, and plenty of common areas to study or just hang-out, it’s easy to feel at home at University Center!
Pretty nice space for the college students of the South Loop!
(Images from University Center Website)
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
The picture below was shot on our cell phone (so pardon the quality):
For more captivating Sloopin bird posts click here.
(Hat Tip: ND!)
Thursday, November 11, 2010
According to the trib, the CTA will sell naming rights to EL stations, bus routes, etc.
What would you rather have the Roosevelt El stop renamed as "The Jewel Stop" or "The Sloopin Stop". We just need some donations!
On Nov. 17, Michelin will announce the selection for its first-ever MICHELIN Guide Chicago. Today (Wednesday, 11/10), however, Michelin offers a sneak peek at the first collection of what's in store from MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2011 – the Bib Gourmand selection. The Bib Gourmand designation denotes good cuisine at a reasonable price in a variety of comfort categories. Defined as "Inspectors' Favorites for Good Value," Bib Gourmand restaurants offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included), and are often of most value to a city's residents, who regularly dine in neighborhood restaurants.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I go by the AT&T building on Federal between Harrison and Congress almost daily. What is so secret that goes on there that the building doesn’t have a single window?
The AT&T Long Lines Building (Church street in SoHo) is a truly unique building, not because it's the tallest, the largest, or the most technically advanced. In fact, it's not even habitable, as it doesn't house apartments or offices. The 167.5 meter tall skyscraper was built to house telephone switching equipment and was completed in 1974.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Thought I'd let you know that the helicopter lift scheduled for yesterday morning was partially successful. They succeeded in getting two new units to the top of Printer's Square and three old units down from the roof. But there are two more units that they wanted to lift but turned out to be too heavy. And I'm sure there's more on the roof that needs to come down.
So, they'll be back. I took some pictures.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Unnamed Mainstay Hospitality Project 2011
Mainstay owner Matthew O'Malley and Chicago Firehouse chef Kendal Duque
plan to team up again for a new project. The only certain thing at this point?
It'll be in the South Loop.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Ever since then the building evolved and didn't really resemble the photo above (however there is a 'modern day' White Castle kiddy-corner). As part of their rennovations, the crew at Gourmet Chicken and Chef Luciano, restored the building to its original glory:
In honor of the restoration and as a nod back to the good ol' days when things cost 5 cents, Gourmet Chicken will be selling some of its famous roasted chicken for 5 cents on Sundays during November. Restaurant owner Rocky Gupta explains:
"White Castle used to sell their famous burgers for 5 cents in this building back in 1929, so as we celebrate our Grand Reopening, we wanted to commemorate the building's history and give something back to our loyal customers."
Five-cent roast chicken will be available, subject to availability, during each Sunday in November. Customers are limited to one order each, which includes 2 pieces of chicken (a leg and a thigh) with a side of rice for only 5 cents. Gourmet Chicken is open Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A great excuse to head to Gourmet Chicken and check out some chicken. See you there tomorrow!
Friday, November 5, 2010
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn today said he feels "elated" about his more than 19,500-vote lead, but did not call on Republican challenger Bill Brady to concede defeat.
"Who wouldn't be (elated)?" Quinn said while getting lunch at Manny's, a traditional photo op hangout for politicians. "I got elected governor of Illinois by the people of Illinois in a come-back campaign."
Damn I wish I was eating a Corned Beef on rye right now...
(Hat Tip: ND!)
Thursday, November 4, 2010
A Segway rider fell into Lake Michigan near the Field Museum this afternoon, but
was able to get out of the water on his own.
(Image from Chicago Tribune)
A value of $46.90 for $21.90...what a steal!
We sold one t-shirt on Monday, so have 3 gift cards left! Act Quickly!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The Chicago Tribune has more on the story, but here is a quick blurb:
Ald. Robert Fioretti, 2nd, said today he has cancer and will not run for mayor of Chicago, but will be running for re-election in his ward.
Fioretti said doctors told him he has cancer in his tonsils and he will undergo seven weeks of radiation and three sessions of chemotherapy, beginning a few days before Thanksgiving.
"It's tough words to hear. Nobody wants to hear that you are a member of a club nobody wants to be a member of," Fioretti said.
Best of luck to Bob!
(Hat Tip: ND!)
Monkey Bar Gym was created by Jon Hinds in 2000 and was the beginning of a fitness revolution. MBGs are the only gyms in the nation to integrate full-body skills training for strength, speed and stamina; Eischens Yoga for restoration and healing; and a plant-based diet for the health of people and our planet. Full-body skills training, Eischens Yoga, and Plant-based Nutrition is the MBG3.
Glad to see more stuff moving in down there. Although it's not the Sloop by our definition it's still an area with a ton of potential. Anyway, if you're intrigued it sounds like they're going to have free classes during the opening weeks. Check out their website for more info.
(Hat Tip: SoloMotorRow!)
Monday, November 1, 2010
Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd) is reconsidering his plans to run for mayor because of what sources close to him are describing as a "health concern," the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.Fioretti will announce his intentions for the Feb. 22 municipal general election "no later than Wednesday," when the full City Council meets after Tuesday's statewide election, a source close to the alderman said."He will be seeking elected office," the source said of Fioretti - an indication that if Fioretti doesn't continue his campaign for mayor, he will seek re-election to his aldermanic seat. Under city election law, Fioretti cannot run for both offices.