Saturday, December 31, 2011
(Image from Curbed Chicago)
Friday, December 30, 2011
#4 - New Green Line Cermak Station Announcement
While it's clear that the Roosevelt El station is the primary hub for public transportation in the South Loop, as the neighborhood has continued to grow to the South many have been calling for a new El station South of Roosevelt (since there is no stop between Roosevelt and 35th street).
This has been a debate for a long time, but in mid-October of 2011 the CTA announced plans to open up a new Green Line Stop at Cermak between Wabash and State. While the stop isn't planned to open until 2014, this news should be a shot in the arm for the area and Alderman Fioretti's push to make Motor Row into an entertainment district. It also makes a ton of sense since it will provide another public transportation option for people/conventions at McCormick Place.
#5 - Muggings in the South Loop
While must of us like to focus on the positives in the South Loop, this doesn't mean that some scary things aren't happening. Back in July, a string of muggings took place on Indiana and Michigan Avenue between Roosevelt and 18th. While the perpetrators were apprehended, the neighborhood was on high alert for a couple tense weeks.
#6 - Danger Zone (13th and Wabash)
We've been hearing about traffic issues at the intersection of 13th and Wabash for some time now, but back in May we posted an email from a reader talking about cars blowing through the stop sign and nearly hitting pedestrians.
This post got a ton of comments and it appears that Alderman Fioretti has taken action as he announced that stop lights would be installed at the intersections of 13th/Wabash and 14th/Wabash.
While the lights aren't up yet, we assume it's a matter of time.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
#7 - Snowmageddon
While there were some saftey concerns during the blizzard of 2011 in early February, in hindsight the Snowmageddon was captivating and dare we say even fun. Here is a great video shot by one of our readers who was holed up in her building at South Financial Place:
(Hat tip: RP!)
Back in March of 2011, some ominous signs appeared on the windows of one of the South Loop's pioneer restaurants, Gioco. The signs stating that the restaurant would be "closed today and till further notice" were surprising to many around the neighborhood but no one knew about the bigger issue, which was that KDK Restaurant Group (owners of Gioco, Opera, Red Light and Marche) weren't paying all their taxes.
#9 - The South Loop Power Plant Hoax
In April, a letter distributed to condo owners in Printer's Row from a company called "Midwest Energy" caused an uproar around the neighborhood as residents nervously searched for information about a "new power plant" coming to the vacant lot at Harrison and Wells.
As imagined residents weren't very happy with this news. But once Alderman Fioretti was contacted (we presume by many many people) he quickly tweeted that this isn't true. In fact it was an elaborate PR stunt by Citizens United Against Loop Coal to bring attention to the power plant at Pilsen:
At the time we didn't know a ton, but today we got a tip that a new website for Broad Shoulders Brewing was live. The website looks good and gives some more information about the origins of the brewery:
We at Broad Shoulders Brewing are very excited to be located in the Motor Row
neighborhood of the South Loop, at 2337 South Michigan Avenue. We are happy to
be bringing a brewery to a new Southside neighborhood. Broad Shoulders will be
brewing both ales and lagers, with a stronger focus on traditional and
experimental lager styles. The brewery will have a large tasting room and bar.
We invite you to come in and sample our beers. There will also be packaged beer
sales on premise. Look for us next summer on draft at some traditionally known
beer bars, and some new locations on the Southside and around the city.
We like what we see and are glad to hear that they're shooting for a summer opening. This will definitely be something we're closely monitoring as 2012 progresses.
(Hat tip: JJ!)
(Image from: Broad Shoulders Brewery)
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I would love to see a post about tipping etiquette for doormen in Chicago. I just moved to the South Loop from LA, where doormen are not a common sight.
(Hat tip: JK!)
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
(Hat tip: HS!)
I love your site. Have you heard anything about what the plans are for the former site of the museum park sales center located on ne corner of 13th and Indiana? They started demolition on Tuesday and they are almost done with it. I have attached photo from my balcony view.
Any help would be appreciated.
Monday, December 26, 2011
A man was found shot at a South Loop “L” station this evening, police said.Details appear to be hazy, but the victim might have been shot on a train and got off at the Roosevelt stop:
A 21-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound in the upper torso in the attack in the 1100 block of South State Street about 7 p.m., said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety. The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
An earlier report indicated police said the victim may have been shot on an "L" train, but that information came from one person who identified himself as a witness but declined to be identified, and the information could not be verified with police.Once we read more we will update this post.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
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Friday, December 23, 2011
Love the blog....my fiance and I think you should have a post about Burger Point. We have been there 4 times since it has been open and have been impressed each time. Great wings, chili, fries, and of course burgers. I'm on a crusade to determine which burger is my favorite and thus far it's hard to say. I just had the Ash Man and it tastes just like In and Out. The service has also been phenomenal. My fiance is gluten-free and they have been great in dealing with that. We've also enjoyed that it is BYOB as well.
the great work!
Seems like they're not the only person to enjoy the new burger joint in the Sloop. According to Yelp it's at 4 stars.
(Hat tip: RA!)
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Two dueling maps are aiming to redraw Chicago’s political battle lines, and both upset the apple cart for aldermen in the South Loop, adding new politicians to the dense area’s mix.
One map, led by the council’s Hispanic Caucus and independents, adds two new aldermen to the South Loop, splitting the neighborhood between a total of four representatives in city council. Another, submitted by the council’s Black Caucus and old-school Democrats, would keep the South Loop mainly in two wards, save for a few small slices.
The neighborhood’s massive population boom in the last 10 years made the 2nd Ward one of the few in the city that gained population, while most others lost people. Though it’s often used as a political tool, the remap’s goal is ostensibly to balance out the population between the wards.
- Hispanic Caucus and independents (map on page 3) - split Sloop with 4 aldermen
- Black Caucus and old-school Democrats (map towards the end and above) - keep Sloop with 2 aldermen
On one hand, it would be good to see one "alderman" be our point person and to be THE person that we go to when we need something done for the betterment of the neighborhood. On the other hand, our neighborhood has seen explosive population growth and maybe we deserve to have numerous aldermen fighting for our interests in city hall.
Let's hear your thoughts?
(Hat tip: SC!)
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Now that the dust has settled after our first hard hat tour of South Loop hotspot Acadia, chef/owner Ryan McCaskey is ready to unveil his restaurant to the world—and it's stunning. This isn't just because of the sophisticated interior by KI Design or McCaskey's elegant menu with opulent ingredients like foie gras, Wagyu beef, and lobster. Polished touches are expected from a fine dining chef who once helmed the kitchen of Michelin-rated restaurant Courtright's. It's mostly impressive because all of these elements coexist in the South Loop.Ouch! Slap in the face!
While some might consider opening in the mostly vacated neighborhood to be
a somewhat ambitious move, McCaskey seems to have picked excellent timing. As we noted before, the restaurant will soon boast some of the most spectacular city views with a new city park being built across the street.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Surprisingly, we haven't heard many rumors about this space. We asked some of the employees at Pita Heaven about the space next to them and they coyly said "something" but wouldn't divulge any information.
After reading some information on everyblock, it appears that a Pastry Shop is coming to this space:
INTERIOR BUILD OUT FOR NEW RETAIL PASTRY SHOP (NO BAKING) AS PER PLANS (NO MECHANICAL WORK UNDER THIS PERMIT)
Could be an interesting addition to the neighborhood. We know cupcake shops are a hot trend, maybe that trends is headed for the sloop!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
A man who once knocked out a woman’s teeth in the South Loop when she refused to give him a cigarette was arrested again this week when he threatened to kill a man while panhandling in the Uptown neighborhood, according to Chicago police.
Derrick King, 50, was cited by critics of the state’s early prison release program when he threatened a woman in 2009, a day after getting out of prison for the brutal attack against Jennifer Hall on her birthday in August 2008.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
the finishing touches are being made at acadia. we are finally down the
homestretch after a long journey that started back in july. it’s perplexing to think that we started with a raw unfinished space, and transformed iit into something as elegant and inviting as this. we will be opening within the next two weeks. this hardly seems possible. i’m finally standing inside my vision…
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Hello Sloopin'Although this is old news, we wanted to post as a reminder to be careful. For more background here is a link to an article on ABC7.
I have been a user of PeaPod for the last two years, and was just notified that our deliver has been arrested on sexual assault charges. I am hoping that you can update you site making those who use this service aware of the dangers and that they should not let these people into their homes no matter how trustworthy they seem. Guillermo Balingit, I thought, was a very trust worthy individual that my wife would let into our south loop condo to set the groceries in the kitchen.
(Hat tip: TK!)
Friday, December 9, 2011
Big news! Can't keep the secret anymore particularly when the 12 ft tall window next door spills the beans...Jimmy Green's is HEADING NORTH!!! (Well expanding one storefront to the north that is.) Construction starts this month so soon there'll be more Jimmy to love. More screens. More window seats. Delivery. A private dining and party den. Games and more. Thanks to our friends for making our first 18 months so wonderful that we simply gotta grow!
“I’m pretty old,” muses Ryan McCaskey, who’s only 37. But the seasoned chef (Rushmore, Tizi Melloul, Courtright’s) takes cues from his past at the 60-seat Acadia, a contemporary American eatery nostalgically named for the coastal Maine region where McCaskey summered as a kid. The classic menu will also source seafood from McCaskey’s fisherman pals in that area. “We will have all the amenities of high-end restaurants, but also fun bar food that is approachable and geared toward the neighborhood,” McCaskey says. Sounds quite hip, old-timer. 1639 S. Wabash Ave.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
I love sloopin and have been checking in regularly since I moved to the sloop two years ago. As a south loop resident and investor, I am very curious what people think of our local restaurants and bars. I would like to see a post about what people think of specific restaurants and bars in the sloop.
With new places opening this year such as Pita Heaven, The Scout, Waffles, Burger Point along with our existing places, the sloop definitely feels like its finally coming together. Some reviews and tips about dishes and drink specials would be helpful for us all.
(Hat tip: CJ!)
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The blend of businesses and university cultures that is so much a part of the South Loop will grow richer soon, thanks to a new ingredient.
East-West University held a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 10 for its new Student Life Center, a 17-story building to be constructed immediately south of the university’s 819 S. Wabash Ave academic building. The university’s other main campus building occupies 816 S.Michigan Ave.
Elected officials attending the groundbreaking predicted the new building will become an important part of the South Loop’s identity as vibrant center for education. “This is a celebration for the community,” said Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd Ward). East-West University’s mission “to serve the underserved” student populations “will only be enhanced by a campus offering the services that the Student Life Center will bring.”
Glad to see this project moving forward. For reference here is the rendering of what the building should look like when completed:(Image from Gazette Chicago)
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Everyone should recover from dust-ups with the tax man as gracefully as 12-year-old Gioco, one of the city's most charming Italian ristorantes, which closed and reopened this year following an unfortunate run-in with the state.The article continues on by specifically calling out the new executive chef, Gaetano Ascione:
That seems appropriate, given the colorful past of this former gambling house and speakeasy once frequented by Al Capone and famed brothel owners the Everleigh sisters.
On a slow day you might get a tour through the lower level where, our server/history major says, Mr. Capone built tunnels to ferry bootleg liquor out to Lake Michigan and to store the odd body or two.
But even from one of the 150 seats upstairs, the past is present in the worn brick and plaster walls, bordello-like red plush banquettes and fringed lampshades above the bar.
Never have I seen a chef go table to table at lunch with a tray of portobello mushrooms—or anything else—enticing guests to order an off-the-menu special that arrives as meaty and smoky as steak, sautéed simply with olive oil and garlic ($12).This is great to hear. Hope all goes well with Gioco and it continues to flourish.
He surprised us again, bringing us samples of the Japanese Kurobuta pork belly, the Kobe beef of the porcine world. The meat is incomparably tender, the five-spice sauce dark and complex (when it's available, the appetizer is $14; main course $28).
(Hat tip: ND!)
Ran by Ole Hardwood 1315 S. Wabash today and at least they have removed the “we think is arson” signs, painted the plywood window coverings and put new butcher paper up. Anyone know if there is a build out going on? Speculation as to new tenants?It's funny that we got this email because we noticed the same thing. We even went out of our way to ask the men who were replacing the boarded up windows, "is there something new going in here". The man coyly looked away and said yes. We asked again, but it was clear he didn't speak English well or wasn't going to give us any additional information.
Anyway, not sure if something is going in there or if they were just being pressured to take down the ugly boarded up windows. I guess we will have to wait and see.
For those who don't remember the history, here is a link to an old post we did and the corresponding video:
Monday, December 5, 2011
Perhaps it was never meant to be.
After opening delays and other setbacks once it finally did open just shy of five months ago, Tribute restaurant has closed.
The modern-American restaurant in the South Loop's Essex Inn shut its doors for good on Sunday.
"We have succumbed to the poor economic environment that has not helped our new restaurant to grow roots," owner Phil Fernandez and general manager and partner Simon Lamb said in a statement. "We have tried to weather these crucial beginning months . . . but we have not been able to sustain."
Well...that was fast. If you remember Tribute had some hiccups prior to opening, but when it finally opened in July the neighborhood was pretty pumped. While the reviews were mixed - the space probably proved to be too large for neighborhood and concept.
There appears to be some activity in the empty commercial space at 1600 S. Indiana - the space opposite of Happy Cleaners.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Wow that looks amazing! We couldn't be happier for the crew at Panozzo's. They do an amazing job, are nice people and we're so excited that they have chosen to call the Sloop home.
(Hat tip: TJ!)
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Interior renovation for a new pet grooming shop in existing 28 story, I-A building as per plan, not part of the condo association
Thursday, December 1, 2011
2nd Ward Flu Clinic
Alderman Bob Fioretti is proud to partner with the Chicago Department of Public Health to offer FREE flu shots for residents.
No appointments are necessary; This is a walk-in clinic.
Noon to 3 p.m.
Friday, December 2, 2011
First Immanuel Lutheran Church
1124 S. Ashland Ave.