Wish this was open today! Coming along nicely!
If you need a reminder of what this is intended to look like here is a rendering (from a previous post we did on the topic):
|British School of Chicago Rendering looking east (via DNAinfo)|
(Hat tip: JM!)
Wish this was open today! Coming along nicely!
|British School of Chicago Rendering looking east (via DNAinfo)|
New roof at firehouse. They started today.
Emergency preparedness drill at 14th and State on a rainy Saturday morning.
Not sure if this was mentioned. There's a note on the door of the boutique at 15/state that the owner has passed and what the funeral arrangements are. I had noticed there wasn't any activity for a bit and now they have a sign in the window.Sorry to hear this. Condolences to the family from the Sloopin team.
These are posted on Cullerton between Michigan and wabash. A nice reminder for our neighborhood.
They are open!! Finally good coffee in our neighborhood. Did I mention they are selling drinks at $1 for a limited time. Staff seemed friendly. Even asked for feedback on the taste of the coffee.From what we can tell, they're an independent coffee shop (as mentioned in a post by Eater Chicago):
They aren't run by La Columbe but they will serve its coffee.We're looking forward to trying them out. Welcome to the Sloop!
Downtown high-rises - offices or apartments - with ground-floor stores. Prevalent on the edges of Loop: east of Dearborn Ave, in River North, the South Loop, and the West Loop.While we doubt we would see a high-rise go in here, it still seems strange. Do we have any zoning aficionados who have some perspective on this?
Exciting news on 611eatery in the South Loop. As a resident of the Vetro building I noticed more banners being put up on Wells St. side today and was able to speak to owner Mr. Lam. He is hoping to open June 2015. The restaurant will have 6 different stations (featuring an oyster bar), offering a variety of upscale food choices.
The name "eatery" is meant to invite customers to a place where many taste buds would be satisfied at a reasonable price. Their website www611eatery.com should be up in 2 weeks time. 611eatery will be open 7 days a week/24 hours!! For those that can't walk over can find FREE parking at Buddy's Parking lot located at 650 S. Financial Place. There will be 50 parking spaces reserved for 611eatery customers. I'm excited and can't wait to try this new restaurant!
|indoor putting green at Golfsmith (not the South Loop store)|
|Image from DNAinfo|
Since a lot of Sloop residents are dog owners, maybe you should warn them about the Kennel Cough epidemic going around town. Thanks:
In recent weeks we have seen a large number of coughing dogs here in Chicago. Most of the affected dogs have a history of frequenting day care, boarding facilities, and dog parks. At this time I recommend avoiding these facilities to help protect your dog, even if he/she has been vaccinated for “canine cough.” Why isn’t vaccination sufficient protection? Let me explain a little about canine cough.
"Canine cough” (also called “kennel cough”) is a broad term to describe infectious tracheobronchitis. This highly contagious condition results in inflammation of the trachea and bronchus. Many viruses and bacteria can result in canine cough. Currently the intra-nasal vaccine recommended for dogs here at the Medical District Veterinary Clinic covers the three most common causes of canine cough: Bordetella (bacteria), Parainfluenza (virus), and Adenovirus (virus).
...(Hat tip: LE!)
Due to the outbreak I recommend avoiding any direct dog-to-dog contact and vaccinating dogs at high risk, such as those that attend day care, boarding, grooming, or dog parks and dogs that live in high rises. Although the vaccine does not 100% prevent infection, it should reduce the number of affected dogs. The canine influenza virus can survive 48 hours on hard surfaces and 24 hours on clothing, thus it is very important to be cautious in elevators, hallways, and dog relief stations.
Thought you would like to know that bulldozers were busy excavating at 1333 Wabash, next to the condo under construction at 1345 Wabash. I believe they started today (April 1st)…definitely didn’t start last week.
|611 Eatery looks to be coming to Vetro Condo Building (611 S. Wells)|
This signage just went up at the Vetro condo building at 611 S. Wells. The website on the sign doesn't seem to be up, and I don't know anything else about it. Maybe another reader has.
The space, at Wells and Harrison, has been empty since the building opened, so it would be nice to have something there.If the pictures in the windows are true, this could be a great restaurant and a great addition to the Sloop:
|Image from grand opening of Grant Park skate park|
The Dew Tour, a nationally televised skate and BMX biking competition, is set to kick off its 2015 season June 20-21 at the new $2.7-million Grant Park Skate Park, said Bob O'Neill, president of the Grant Park Conservancy. The tour, which will be broadcast on NBC, would be the first major event for the skate park since it opened in December.Even if this might not be your cup of tea, it's another event that brings more people to the neighborhood and ultimately supports our local businesses. It will also probably be a nice way to showcase our beautiful city and skyline to a national audience.
As a frequent user (as pedestrian and driver) of the Dearborn+Polk intersection, I have looked forward to painted cross walks and lane lines ever since repaving happened last fall. Today I got this update from Dean Argiris in Ald. Fioretti's office that explains the situation. I thought your readers might be interested. I personally am looking forward to the brick-paver crosswalks.
Last year our office funded the installation of brick-paver crosswalks at Polk/Dearborn. These are high visibility crosswalks that are safer as motorists can see them from farther. They are scheduled to be installed sometime this year, CDOT should circle back to us with a time frame.
As for the street re-striping, I believe this was put on hold because there was a small stretch of Polk that remained to be completed. Last I was informed, there is some underground utility work expected to be done and when that is completed, they will resurface that section and do a complete lane marking.
Once I get the time frame for those projects, I will let you know. In the meantime, ... I have asked CDOT to throw down some temporary markings.(Hat tip: GM!)
I've been interested in status updates regarding the 18th street bridge and found the info below on the city's transportation website. Here's to hoping they hold true to the 4/13 end date for the closure. It's legitimately been a long road.
Good morning - I saw this on my walk to the train this morning. It's dated from yesterday (Tuesday). Any idea what it's for? Southwest corner of Archer and Clark on the walls of the metra train rails.
Just as mysteriously as they disappeared, several South Loop mailboxes have reappeared! The boxes at the corner of Plymouth & Polk and Dearborn & Harrison have been returned. However, the one that was in front of Sandmeyer's Bookstore is still MIA. So happy to have them back because going to the post office was often a hassle during the winter months.If you recall, this was a topic discussed on the Sloopin message board recently.
From the horse's mouth, or to say the nice guy who runs the UPS store at Polk & Dearborn, the City took out three boxes, Polk & Plymouth Ct, 700 S Dearborn, and Dearborn & Harrison when there were protesters in town, and at the time it was anticipated that Polk & Dearborn was their parade route. Turned out not to be, I do not recall even which desent it was attributed to, but for sure the boxes did not return.
There are still boxes to west on Clark Street, and even one to the south on 1000 S Plymouth Ct., so I assume business and post office policy has not changed. We just lost our boxes. Funny how the City can take out all those unused newspaper boxes for the same event and return them, but not my mail box!!(Hat tip: SK!)
The new HBO documentary Going Clear has put Scientology at the center of the national conversation. The church is huge in Los Angeles, and the notion of the religion being active in Chicago seems alien (pun intended) to most locals.
There is already a Scientology church here, a rundown location in Lakeview with the sign "Hubbard Dianetics Foundation." The church is also in the process of opening another, grander location in Printers Row at 650 S Clark St. The city filed a $2,000 housing complaint against the owners of the location in 2013, which is still making its way through the system. The church is being represented in the matter by local law firm Pedersen & Houpt.We just finished the Going Clear documentary on HBO and definitely makes you question the origins and acts of the Church. However, we live in a city and in a relatively diverse neighborhood so will respect their rights and their beliefs.
More Divvy bikes and stations are going to be installed beginning in April, doubling the footprint of Chicago's bike-share program yet falling short of covering the entire city.
The addition of 176 stations and 1,750 bikes will extend Divvy's reach south to 75th Street in South Shore, north to Touhy Avenue in Rogers Park and west to Pulaski Road in Little Village and Avondale. The installation is expected to be completed by early summer, according to city officials.
Divvy will be doubling its service area from covering 19 percent of the city's geographic area to more than 38 percent of the city's geographic area under the expansion, said Sean Wiedel, assistant commissioner in the city's department of transportation, at the recent Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council meeting.
|Kroll's a great place to watch the NCAA Tournament|
In the Chicago area, excitement for the Badgers goes well beyond the cardinal-and-white-donning Wisconsin alumni and even beyond basketball fans, according to Danielle Nicholas, assistant general manager at Kroll's South Loop, which hosted about 200 people during Saturday night's semifinal.
"A bunch of staff members who have never watched basketball are getting incredibly excited about basketball," Nicholas said. "You find yourself weirdly rooting for this team you have no affiliation with."Should be a good and fun game tonight!
Spotted this new cafe buildout happening at 2336 S Wabash, opposite the Wabash Club Townhomes development.
Looks pretty far along with furniture in, the counter in place, and what looks to be a patio out front.
It'll be a good addition to this part of the Sloop as right now there are no cafe options in area. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come, spurred on by the new El station and the development commitments the city has for the immediate area.
Here's hoping they do a good breakfast at the weekend....I'm tired of having to wait 45 mins for a table at the usual Sloop suspects!Seems a little generous to call a place at 2336 S. Wabash the "South Loop", but we won't hold that against them (although we imagine many might). As most of you probably know there isn't a ton of activity south of Cermak yet, but this is a good sign.