Monday, August 31, 2015

AMLI Pays City to Install Divvy Station Outside their Buildings on Clark

As we know, more and more housing options seem to spring up daily in the Sloop.  Competition is fierce and the peeps at AMLI added a interesting (and smart) amenity to their properties (via Chicago Tribune):
A Chicago real estate developer paid the city $56,000 to install a Divvy bicycle-sharing station outside two of its apartment buildings in the South Loop, officials are expected to announce Friday.

The agreement with AMLI Residential marks the first private purchase of a Divvy station since the bike-sharing program was launched in mid-2013, officials said. City officials called the deal a "private donation."  
AMLI covered the cost of installing the 15-dock station at Clark and Ninth streets and provided 10 bikes, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.  
The station, which is already open, is part of the 476-station Divvy system and is operated for public use like all other stations, officials said. The only difference is that the station will have an AMLI logo added soon, officials said.

We're big fans of the Divvy program and if we were searching for a new place this would probably sway us.

What do you think?  Smart move to lure tenants?  Or unnecessary desperate move?

(Hat tip:  RW!)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Sloopin Open House:
Spacious 3 Bed Loft Living in Printers Row

In honor of our Mayor's admiration of Printer's Row architecture, we felt it would be fitting to highlight an open house this week that is the epitome of this sentiment.  That is the historic Donohue Annex building at 727 S. Dearborn:
 The specific unit that's having an open house this Sunday (8/30) from 1-3pm is #911 and it's got plenty of character to cause us to be intrigued.  Whether it's built-in shelves, raised floors or a general spacious layout, this unit looks lovely:
Even more interesting to us is that this unit has a huge private terrace with Northern facing views, something we rarely see in some of these old conversion buildings.
The unit seems reasonable priced at $550K, but that doesn't include parking (another $40K) and assessments are on the high side ($1,174).  However, it is a unique unit so head on over and check it out.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Commercial for Hyatt Regency Filming at Burnham Station (Clark and 15th)

A reader writes:
Just wanted to tip you guys off that there's a commercial filming at Burnham Station (Clark and 15th). See the attached images for reference and more details.

If professional filming is of interest to you, head on over.  It's usually an interesting process.

(Hat tip:  CM!)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

So What Are the Sloop's Boundaries?

The existential question that really doesn't matter - what are the South Loop's boundaries?

With some nifty interactive technology DNAinfo put the question out to their readers to define different neighborhoods in the city.  Not surprisingly, there isn't much of a consensus for our neighborhood.

We've gotten a fair amount of emails on the topic and given our love for the hood figured we would weigh in (take if for what it's worth).  Since this question has been asked to us before, we even have a page on our website dedicated to clarifying this topic - something we call the Sloopin map.
Just in case anyone wonders what constitutes sloopin, here is a general map of what we consider the "sloopin" area:

It mainly focuses on the blue area (South Loop and Printer's Row) but for good measure we also consider the red area (Near South Side) and green area (?) part of sloopin. With these parameters set, we essentially try to keep readers up to date on anything that's going on in the area. 
Occasionally we'll have posts on things outside of our jurisdiction, but in some way all postings should have some relation to the sloopin areas.

So in case you can't tell by the map we define "the South Loop" as Congress on the north, Michigan/Lake Shore on the east, 18th on south and the river on the west.

But let's be honest, none of this really matter.  It's fun to debate, but at the end of the day neighborhoods are typically defined/created thanks to real estate marketing and businesses trying to associate with neighborhoods that will help their bottom line.

Anywho...let us know what you think and/or join the conversation at DNAinfo.

(Hat tip: DB, AT, ND, CC!)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Rendering of High-Rise at Michigan and Roosevelt Shows Up and is Removed from Crescent Heights Website

Some more juicy real estate rumors for some of the most high-profile space in the Sloop.

According to Curbed Chicago and SkyscrapperPage Forums:
On a subsection of developer Crescent Heights' website (page is now not available), an image has appeared on a page labeled Michigan & Roosevelt, promoting an upcoming development for what is currently a vacant lot. Although the rendering, which only shows the lower floors of a new tower, could just merely be a placeholder design for the purposes of the webpage, the image could also very well be a sneak peek of the proposal said to be designed by well known architect Rafael Vinoly. If the rumors turn out to be true, this would be the first major high-rise project for Vinoly's firm to be located in Chicago.
The post also gives some intriguing details:
Crescent Heights currently lists the proposed tower as 1255 South Indiana Avenue, and is rumored to rise 70 floors. According to the high-rise watchers on the SkyscraperPage forums, the tower could rise up to 835 feet to the top of the parapet and 862 feet to the top of a decorative roof structure. If the building does indeed climb to that final height figure, it would be the tallest all-residential building in Chicago, provided nothing more than simple ground floor retail space is also included in the building.

The Crescent Heights webpage also lists 30,000 square feet of retail and 1,900 units, although it would be highly unlikely for these figures to be for only one tower. A second building is expected to be constructed at the southeast corner of Michigan and Roosevelt and as such, the figures could be inclusive of both towers as well as any nearby land holdings which could be considered as part of a phased project.
This specific lot has been the subject of much speculation around the interwebs and here at Sloopin.  Reoccurring renderings for "The Chicago" has been at the center of this, but frankly a lot of that has been suspect.

With that said, this seems the most realistic especially since it's on the website of the owner of the land.

It's just a matter of time until something goes up.  Hopefully it will be interesting.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Police Issue Warning After Two Violent South Loop Robberies

Be safe (via Chicago Sun-times):
Two violent robberies in the South Loop in the last week have prompted police to issue a community alert. 
The robberies were reported about 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 21 in the 0-100 block of West Harrison and about 9 p.m. on Aug. 22 in the 900 block of South Michigan, police said. 
In both cases, two males walked up to people on the sidewalk and punched or knocked them to the ground, police said. As the victim was on the ground, suspects either continued to kick them, or one suspect held them down while the other went through their pockets. 
In one case, the suspects stole a victim’s computer equipment. The suspects were described as black males, between 5-foot-9 and each weighing between 160 and 200 pounds, police said. 
Anyone with information on the robberies is asked to call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8384.

(Hat tip: AC!)

Well What Do you Know - Rahm Likes Printer's Row Architecture

Dearborn Street in the Heart of Printer's Row
We always enjoy reading Blair Kamin's architecture writing in the Chicago Tribune and that sentiment was definitely true yesterday.  Kamin laid out a informative piece about Mayor Emanuel's push to incorporate design into future projects and whatnot.

While the piece was good and pretty informative, one sub-story stuck out.  When asked what his favorite architecture in the city was, Rahm listed some buildings in the Loop, but also added this note about our neighborhood (via Chicago Tribune):
Printing House District, or Printers' Row, by many Chicago architects. Built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and revitalized starting in the late 1970s, this high-rise district south of the Loop was once a center for the printing trades. It's now home to stylish loft apartments, hotels and shops. "I love how they've been integrated, revised, rethought," the mayor said of the buildings. "It's just redefined that whole area."

Nice plug Rahm - nice plug!  We tend to agree with this view...

Monday, August 24, 2015

Liquor License Application at 1329 S. Michigan:
For Succezz Shoe Store or New Massage/Spa Business?

We received a couple emails about an application for a liquor license at 1329 S. Michigan.

One reader writes:
Received this in the mail. The address is where the Succezz, the shoe store is. How does this make any sense? A shoe store that needs a "massage with liquor" license?

Yes, this is the address for Succezz the shoe store, but maybe this is for a new business on the second floor?  Judging by the applicant name in the image above, it seems like a generic business INC.

Could South Michigan be getting another spa type of business?  We've heard of spa concepts that included alcohol.  That would make more sense than Succezz.

Anyway, anyone have any scoop or insight into this liquor license?

(Hat tip:  MK & JG!)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

#ShotsAroundTheSloop: The Sloop Tavern

A reader writes and sends this shot:
Taken in Seattle...
(Hat tip:  MM!)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Sloopin Open House:
Hear the Cheer (or Groans) From Your Living Room

Bears season is just around the corner, so we figured we would direct your attention to an open house that will allow you to open up your window and hear the roar of the crowd cheering for a Bears touchdown (or maybe a groan from an opponent scoring which seems more likely the year).

If this view looks enticing, head on over this Sunday (8/23) from 1-3pm to 1515 S. Pairie Ave #508 to check out a 2 bed/2 bath listed at $360K.  The unit looks nice and well kept but nothing super unordinary.  Judging by the picture below and at the listing the unit appears to have some nice built-in cabinets and whatnot:

Friday, August 21, 2015

Beware of Traffic Delays In and Around the Sloop Due to Bryne Interchange Construction

If you're going to be driving this weekend (and some other upcoming weekend) get ready for some major traffic inconveniences (via Chicago Tribune):
A major phase of the Byrne Interchange overhaul begins Wednesday night with the closing of a ramp between the Kennedy Expressway and Congress Parkway. And then it will get only worse. 
Over the next two weekends, Congress will be completely closed under the Old Post Office, and traffic on the Kennedy and Dan Ryan expressways will be reduced to one lane as crews install large steel beams for a flyover ramp from the inbound Dan Ryan to the outbound Eisenhower. 
During a weekend at the end of September and another in the middle of October, traffic on the inbound Kennedy and both directions on the Eisenhower will be down to one lane.

It's most likely going to be ugly out there, so be prepared or make alternative routes.  The Tribune has some good maps for all the different closings, but we will just post the one for this weekend and the next:


  • I-290 (Eisenhower): Eastbound (10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday), westbound (5 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday). 
  • I-90/94 (Ryan and Kennedy): Both directions will be reduced to one lane overnight (8 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday). The southeast ramp will also be closed for the weekend.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Some of the Pros and Cons of Lollapalooza

The Lollapalooza hangover is slowly fading away (yes it's been 3 weeks), but one nuisance that remains is the annual Grant Park repairs stemming from the festivals footprint (via Chicagoist).
While this year wasn't the worst, it still means that: Promoter C3 Presents is footing the $236,223 cleanup bill to repair Grant Park following the three-day music fest, Chicago Park District officials have announced. 
Cleanup is currently underway and could last through the third week of September, according to the park district, with some areas of the park roped off to visitors. Park cleanup costs are usually fairly steep at the end of Chicago's biggest music fests, especially in years when rainfall muddies the park grounds. This year's repair costs are lower for Lollapalooza than last year's $266,000 in repairs, possibly because there was less rain this year while the fest was underway—though the park was briefly evacuated due to storm warnings.
While we're not going to attempt to come to a definitive decision on whether or not this festival is good or bad for the city, we will say that this year we noticed how much prep and repair is necessary for this event.  

The festival is just three days (which is fine in our eyes), but the weekend we were walking around and realized that pretty much the entire park from Washington to Roosevelt was inaccessible (minus a little path for tourists to still get to Buckingham Fountain).  While that was annoying we didn't think much about it.  However, the weekend after Lolla we walked by Hutchinson Field and it was roped off for repairs.  Moral of the story is that the actual Lollapalooza festival is 3 days, but their occupancy is much longer.

On the flip side, it appears that more and more businesses and organizations are reaping the benefits of this massive event and all the attention it gets.  The most prominent example we saw this year was the #DellLounge which apparently took over the Spertus museum at 610 S. Michigan for the weekend.  While we didn't attend, the whole building was lit up over the weekend with prominent branding on the glass exterior:

While we have no way of knowing how much Dell paid for this, it couldn't have been cheap.

So like every year, there are pros and cons to this festival being in our back yard.  Everyone will have different feelings, but at this stage this festival isn't going anywhere (contract signed until 2021).

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Spoke & Bird Gets Glowing Review from Chicagoist

We still haven't been to Spoke & Bird (1801 S. Indiana), however we had high hopes.  If this most recent review from the Chicagoist is any indication, we need to head on tomorrow:
Let's start with beverages. Like its predecessor Cafe Society, Spoke and Bird was originally more of a cafe that catered to the lunch crowd and closed early. However, when it added beers on tap from Illinois microbreweries like Pig Mind in Rockford, Penrose in Geneva and Metropolitan in Chicago, it expanded its hours of operation so that guests can enjoy them on the charming, tree-covered beer garden until 8 p.m. every day.  
Breakfast and lunch are still the biggest draws at Spoke and Bird, with tempting options like a pecorino and Swiss omelette, stacks of pancakes with whiskey butter and maple bourbon syrup or Three Sisters rolled oats with apple cider and grapefruit. I went for dinner and had one of the best salads I've ever had: a kale and roasted vegetable medley with pecorino cheese, granola and a honey citronette dressing. As a rule, I never eat salads as meals, but this was a game changer. When I go back I'll take them up on the option to add a fried egg to the top. I also heard some good things about the Lambeque sandwich, which consists of cured and smoked lamb and a Lexington style vinegar and pepper sauce on Texas toast.
Kale and Roasted Vegetable Salad (image via Chicagoist)

Looks and sounds delicious!

(Hat tip:  JD!)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Student Housing in the Sloop: A Safe Real Estate Bet?

We know real estate is hot all over the city, but Curbed Chicago looks at a student housing trend in the Sloop:
However, it was a little surprising that just this month, two Columbia College-affiliated student housing properties have been bought and sold to investors. First, Crain's reported that the student apartment tower at 777 South State is being purchased for $85 million. Five days later, Crain's reveals that the Dwight Lofts facility, only a few blocks away, is being purchased for $105 million. The two purchases don't seem to be related, although both properties are privately owned but come with multi-year contracts for Columbia to lease all-or-most of the units. Crain's describes both as safe investments due to the contractual lock-in with Columbia, but it's not hard to wonder if there could be something bigger going on.

Regardless of the residential market, it seems like student housing has remained pretty constant in the Sloop.  We're fans of the students.  We know some aren't.

Anyone have thoughts on student housing.  Good or bad?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Mark Your Calendars: Annual South Loop Loft Walk

Still a couple of months away, but doesn't hurt to mark your calendars now:
(Hat tip: JM!)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Sloopin Open House:
Penthouse Dreaming at 1529 South State

If you're like most urbanites, you appreciate high-rises.  There is something captivating and beautiful about a huge building and all the thought that goes into it.

And if you're like most, penthouse living is the epitome of the high-rise living dream.  If you agree with this sentiment, then we have the perfect open house for you today (8/15) from noon to 2pm at 1529 S. State:

This 2 bed/2 bath penthouse unit is on the 23rd floor and has some sick features.  First off, how would you like a 500 ft terrace off your living room with amazing unobstructed views of our city's amazing skyline?

Or maybe some rooms with 16' ceilings and crazy windows:
This unit can be yours for just under $500K (parking is an additional $30K).  

Only drawback we see is that the monthly assessments are $1,025 - but that let's be honest - you're ballin in the penthouse so what's a couple thousands dollars.  

Friday, August 14, 2015

ReMax Synergy Real Estate Coming to 1345 S. Michigan

To round out retail week, we post about Remax Synergy real estate coming to 1345 South Michigan:

It doesn't look like the buildout is underway, but guess it won't take super long (since it's not a restaurant etc).  As a reminder, this space was Haus of Reign - a women's boutique - but that closed back December of 2010.

(Hat tip: KK!)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Urban Remix Loses Lease at 1468 S. Michigan

According to SouthLoopConnection:
After four years in the South Loop at 1468 S. Michigan Ave., Urban Remix, the up-scale furniture consignment store will close at the end of August.
According to their post, the consignment store lost their lease.  While we don't exactly know why the lost their lease we would presume it's either because another tenant has expressed interest or because the owners are asking for increase rent (given that there appears to be more desire to open a business on this stretch of Michigan avenue).

Does anyone have additional background?

It does sound like Urban Remix isn't permanently closing.  The owner is looking for warehouse space.  Not sure if that's in the Sloop or elsewhere though.

Anyway, the store was a unique and nice place to visit in the neighborhood.  Sad to see them go (at least for now).

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

NFL Draft Headed Back to Grant Park in 2016

Looks like the NFL draft will be coming back in 2016 (via Chicago Tribune):

"We're coming back to Chicago for the draft in 2016," Goodell said. "They've earned it. The success we had last year set a new bar for the draft, it set a new opportunity for fans to interact with the NFL. It had a tremendous impact on this community."
The league announced last month that the 2016 draft would be conducted April 28-30 but didn't name the location at that time.
Goodell said Chicago, which played host for the first time in more than 50 years, did an extraordinary job, but the league expects the city to promote the event's continued growth in 2016. That may include a larger footprint and similar accommodations by the city, which provided several venues this year at no cost. The league also said the event will be up for competitive bidding beginning in 2017.

Some 200,000 visitors attended the free fan festival, which transformed Grant Park into "Draft Town" from April 30 to May 2. A study by the Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University released last month pegged direct economic impact to Chicago at nearly $44 million, including hotel revenue, dining, sales tax revenue and temporary jobs.
It's clear that the city feels like these big events are a boon for the local economy and Chicago's national profile.  While the direct financial impact can be questioned, it sure seems like this is the new norm - for better or worse.

Personally, we like the spectacle of a big event.  Just not every weekend!

"Reputable Provider" of Childcare Moving in at 1455 S. Michigan?

It looks like some of the long vacant space at 1455 S. Michigan Avenue is getting a new a tenant (and no it's not a salon/spa!):

But what is it - a zoomed in look:

If you still can't read, it says a "Reputable Provider - Daycare & Gifted Program 6 months to 5 years".  We tried to call the number but no one picked up and it didn't go to voicemail (we thought we might get the name of the place).

Does anyone know anything about this place?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Developer Gets Green Light for 42 Condos on South Wells

Yesterday there was an article on Curbed Chicago highlighting that a developer has received the green light to move forward with condos at 837 S. Wells.  While they said it was CMK, we're pretty sure it isn't (see old post from Jan 2015) and judging by the comment section on the Curbed post most also don't think CMK is developing this lot.  They own/are developing the lots across the street on Wells.

Regardless, it does look like the developer of this property (on the east side of Wells) did get their permits recently (via Chicago Cityscape):
New 4 story residential building of type iii-b construction. ground floor commercial space with 42 residential units and 42 parking spaces at the ground floor. building is fully sprinkled. 837 s. wells st

While some might complain about losing a parking lot (most likely people who have cars and use this lot) it is probably a good development as it will bring additional density to a rapidly changing street in the Sloop.

We haven't seen renderings, but will keep our eyes open.

(Hat tip:  PO!)

Breakfast at Kurah - Now That Sounds Delicious

Upon a recent visit to Kurah to pick up one of our Sloopin Favorites (Kurah Wrap), we noticed that they are now serving breakfast:

While we haven't been there to try it out yet, we're guessing that they do breakfast pretty well!

Has anyone tried it out?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Trio's Opens at 705 S. Dearborn (Former Daniela's Salon)

There is a lot of business news happening in the Sloop and we're going to spend the better part of this week highlighting some of them.

First up a reader writes:
Missed the name but a new hairstylist/spa opened on Dearborn next to the wine shop. 
A different reader sent us the following picture:

As a reminder, this space used to be Daniela's Salon space that closed back in 2011.  We recently posted that a reader noticed that there was activity so good to see this moving in.

Sloopin Busines Counter is Updated!

(Hat tip: SB & RT)

Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Sloopin Open House:
Sweet Interior in Sweet Building

Browsing the South Loop open houses this week and there were a lot of fun choices to look at (particularly a $1.25 million 4 bedroom at 1476 S. Prairie or a $425 thousand 2 bedroom penthouse at 1525 S. Michigan), but we decided on one of our favorite buildings in the Sloop - 888 S. Michigan.

The building itself just exudes class and it has an amazing roof deck that presumably all residents have access to it:

Inside you get a unit that also looks sleek but classy with some distinctive design elements:
For those still with us, this unit is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit listed at $514,500.  The unit also comes with a parking spot and apparently valet. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

High Profile Architect Helmut Jahn Reportedly Designing Tower for 1000 S. Michigan

Mansueto Library at University of Chicago
A promising article on a high-profile architect designing a tower for one of the most high-profile vacant pieces of land on South Michigan (via Crain's):
Chicago architect Helmut Jahn, whose local works include the United Airlines terminal at O'Hare and the Ogilvie Metra station downtown, could soon put his stamp on the South Loop.  
Jahn is designing a tower for a site at 1000 S. Michigan Ave., according to people in the architecture community familiar with his plans. It's not clear what the building would be used for, but apartments or condominiums seem most likely given its location in the South Loop, a housing hotbed.  
Jahn, whose design work dots the world landscape from Philadelphia, to Berlin, Munich and Bangkok, is known for sleek contemporary structures, such as the rounded tops of the State Street Village dorms at IIT and a vast umbrella-like canopy over a plaza in Berlin that is part of the Sony Center he designed.
We're a big fan of his work on the new Mansueto Library at University of Chicago (see picture above), but frankly there is a pretty large portfolio of projects that should provide some excitement.

A lot of questions remain, but if this happens it would be another big project that would help evolve what the South Loop's future will look like.

Should be interesting.

(Hat tip:  GM!)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Adult Only Camping Event Coming to Northerly Island August 21st

It seems like everywhere we look there is a new event coming to Sloop.  Today - adult camping at Northerly Island (via Chicago Tribune):
Chicago's first adults-only camp-in is coming to Northerly Island this month. But if you're interested, it'll cost you.  
The entrance fee is priced by tent, which is included. A two-person tent will cost $250, a four-person tent $500 and a six-person tent $750.  
The tent does not include sleeping bags or pillows, but the fee covers a camp happy hour, a pig roast, a twilight hike, sunrise yoga and other activities, according to the Chicago Parks Foundation. The event's purpose is to connect adults to nature.
This seems like a strange concept to us and something that could be mistaken for a spinoff of the popular Bachelor/Bachelorette series on TV.

Anyway, for more information you can check the Chicago Park Foundation website.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Chicago Cultural Mile Brings "The Halloween Gathering" to the Neighborhood

More festivals coming straight at ya (via
On October 24, 2015 the Chicago Cultural Mile Association plans to launch one of Chicago’s most exciting, new initiatives—The Halloween Gathering. This powerful event will gather Chicago’s vast and diverse creative communities for an all-day festival culminating with a magical nighttime parade. Drawing together world-renowned institutions including the Field Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Columbia College Chicago and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, as well as unique local organizations like Louder Than a Bomb, Silent Theatre Company, and guilds of artists in assorted fields, this dramatic display will activate Halloween as the “artist’s holiday” along one of the most prestigious cultural avenues in the world.

The schedule is as follows:
2pm-6pm: Art and Halloween Festival The parks and institutions along the Chicago Cultural Mile will be alive with family-friendly activities including mask-making workshops, free performances, pop-up installations, interactive experiences and more! The festival will also host a children’s costume parade on The Ribbon in beautiful Maggie Daley Park.
6pm-8pm: Parade As dusk arrives, our creative communities will assemble for a powerful procession capturing their creative spirits. Imagine a parade filled with large spectacle, legions of lanterns, costumes, performances, music, dance, dramatic lighting, moving platforms and more! The parade, traveling north on Columbus from Balboa to Monroe, will be led by 13 of Chicago’s most influential creative leaders to be honored as “Creative Spirit Fellows.” Their dramatic entrance will set the tone for the spectacle to follow.

We love Halloween so this sounds interesting.  However, it also sort of sounds like the Great Chicago Fire Fest which was on the river in 2014 and by most accounts was a big dud and that will be relocating to Northerly Island in 2015.

But we will give them the benefit of the doubt and hope they can pull it off.  If they've already got all those iconic institutions participating it already seems like it has more momentum then the fire fest.

For more info watch the video below or click here to go to their website.

And for other Sloopin coverage on the Chicago Cultural Mile organization, check out this post we did back late last year.

(Hat tip: SD!)

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Festival Update: Bash on Wabash On Hiatus;
New Motor Row Craft Beer and Wine Fest

We received an email yesterday and found out two new things.

First off, it sounds like Bash on Wabash is on hiatus this year (via
We are taking a break this summer to focus on promoting other South Loop events. We hope you will support us in celebrating “100 years of Willie Dixon” and other events to be announced!
While this event has had mixed reviews, it has been consistent.  They have been going for 11 years - pretty impressive.  As a reminder, the event was run by Greater South Loop Association.

Don't fret, because a new event just down the street is launching this year:
It's historic. It's a Chicago and U.S. landmark. And now the Motor Row District on Chicago's near south side will be home to the inaugural (and very 21st century) "Motor Row Craft Beer & Wine Fest" on the Saturday and Sunday of this year's Labor Day weekend. 
Built between 1905 and 1936 and featuring unique architecture that housed car showrooms and repair shops, the Motor Row District catered to Americans' then-newfound love of the automobile. The fabled district was comprised of several blocks of South Michigan, Indiana and Wabash Avenues just west of McCormick Place. Today it's a gentrifying neighborhood that's also home to at least three of Chicago's hottest new craft breweries. 
At Motor Row Craft Beer & Wine Fest, in addition to its historic South Wabash location, visitors will be able to buy tasting passes to sample both microbrews and wines as well as purchase blended cocktails. In other words: there will be something for every taste! And, being a Chicago street fest, there will also be plenty of food, live music, arts & crafts and more. 
Date: Saturday & Sunday, September 5-6
Time: 1pm to 10pm
Daily Location: On Wabash Ave between 16th and 18th Street, Chicago
Beneficiary: Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance
As you can imagine, the event has a variety of local suppliers including two of our resident breweries, Motor Row Brewery and Baderbau Brewery.  While the event doesn't really feel unique (say like Lit Fest), we can imagine that it will do well - after all drinking in the streets of Chicago seems to be a popular summer activity.

(Hat tip:  EH!)

PBR and Fireworks at New Grant Park Skate Park?

Maybe this isn't the most appropriate time for this post given this past weekends annual shenanigans at Lollapalooza, but what the heck...a reader writes:
Skater at New Grant Park Skate Park (via DNAinfo)
Have you heard many complaints about the Grant Park Skate Park? I'm a fan of the skate park concept (I even went to the Mountain Dew event there a few weeks ago.) But, in the last 12 hours, my mind has changed. A clearly underage kid rode into the park at around 7:30 last night with a case of PBR onboard. I thought that was pretty bold. 
This morning, while walking our dogs at 4:30am (yes, I know that is crazy early), 6 kids set off fireworks in the skate park and then hightailed it out of there on their skateboards. Not cool. That had to wake up folks in the high-rises at Roosevelt and Michigan/Indiana. Anyhow...I was wondering if these are isolated incidents or if bad behavior in the skate park is becoming a problem.
Anyone have similar thoughts or observations?  It seems like the skate park has been relatively well received, but stories like the two above seem unfortunate (and maybe even inevitable).

(Hat tip:  CD!)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Sloopin Open House:
Amazing Views for $300K

Ok, so the listing is $309K, but negotiate and you can probably get this unit 899 S. Plymouth Ct down to $300K.

For those of you who may question Dearborn Park 1, we would urge you not to judge a book by its cover.  Yes, the building was built in 1980 and might not have an abundance of sexy glass curves or balconies like many new buildings, but in terms of location and views the price point is pretty damn attractive.

It's also pretty spacious for a 2bed/1.1bath at 1,250 square feet:

If this seems interesting to you, head on over this Sunday (8/2) to their open house from 1-3pm.